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K 2016: In Düsseldorf the World’s Biggest Plastics Factory commences Operation

3,285 Exhibitors will be presenting Trendsetting Products, Processes and Solutions

Living without plastics and rubber? No longer conceivable! These materials are omnipresent “all-rounders” that have become indispensable in many walks of life. Be this for household use, in electric and electronic systems, in construction, in medicine, automotive engineering or in leisure – polymers have driven more technological progress than hardly any other material has opening up new perspectives for engineers. Their properties and variety of applications are virtually unlimited. Their use results in savings in many areas, such as in energy consumption, for example. The products and technologies proposed by the highly innovative plastics and rubber industries help us rise to societal challenges. 

At K 2016, the most important trade fair worldwide from 19 to 26 October, the plastics and rubber industries will present their entire performance spectrum and the whole diversity of innovative applications. 3,285 exhibitors from all continents will introduce their latest development. The net exhibition area amounts to 173,966 square metres so all 19 halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre are fully booked. Looking forward to the eight trade fair days Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: “Tomorrow the world’s biggest plastics factory will start operating in Düsseldorf! The innovations exhibited here are not only of interest to the plastics and rubber processors throughout the world but also to engineers, designers, developers and manufacturing experts from many application industries. We again expect over 200,000 trade visitors from around the globe to capitalise on the opportunities provided by K 2016.”

Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Advisory Board of K 2016, firmly counts on K 2016 to generate fresh impulses: “It will be interesting see the innovations the exhibitors have in store! Centre stage will be energy, resource and material efficiency, new materials, lightweight construction and – this is probably the most exciting topic – Industry 4.0. This area will provide highly interesting ranges at the exhibitors’ stands at K 2016 and inspiring lectures and discussions.”

Global Acceptance of Polymer-Based Materials

The global success story of this industry is particularly evidenced by the use of plastics and rubber as materials – an industry which has risen annually by an average 8.5% from 1950 to 2015. The driving forces for this global growth are the growing world population and generally rising living standards, in particular. This finds its expression in many application markets for plastics, first and foremost in the packaging of food and products of daily use but also in a multitude of containers for storage and transport. Infrastructure and construction projects require the use of plastics in water, power and gas supplies, in insulation and glazing units, to name but a few. Another key application area is rising mobility – from automobiles and goods traffic to aviation. A field of application in which plastics have also come to be indispensable is medicine: devices, diagnostics, laboratory and safe drug administration in the currently required quality are no longer feasible without plastics in safe and hygienic disposables. Even sports and leisure articles we know and appreciate today could not do without plastics anymore.

K 2016: 3,285 Exhibitors from 61 Countries

The exhibitors at K 2016 hail from 61 countries. Particularly well represented once again are vendors from Europe – especially from Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, the Netherlands and France – and from the US. At the same time, K clearly reflects the changes global markets are undergoing: the number of companies from Asia has been rising substantially for several years now as has their stand size. Especially China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea will impress us with powerful presences.

The German plastics and rubber industry is represented with 1,039 exhibitors on 68,036 square metres occupying just under 40% of the total exhibition space. This means that exhibition space occupied by domestic companies has grown by nearly 1,500 square metres against the previous event in 2013.

Global Launches

The biggest group of exhibitors at K, machinery and plant manufacturers, have a plethora of global launches in store. They occupy to the tune of two thirds of total exhibition space and can be found in Halls 1 to 4 and 9 to 17. The producers of semi-finished goods, technical parts and reinforced plastic products focus now more than ever on energy and environment-saving products with their varied ranges so as to live up to even the most demanding requirements. The latter groups are exhibiting in Halls 5 to 8b. 

The exhibitor presentations will be complemented by a comprehensive programme of side events. Worth mentioning here in particular are the by now already traditional Special Show in Hall 6, entitled “Plastics shape the future” as well as the Science Campus, a forum dedicated to science and research. Ranking equally high on the agenda is the promotion of young professionals: “kai”, the plastics training initiative with its information programme for young people will be centre stage here. 

K 2016 Düsseldorf is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm from Wednesday, 19 October, to Wednesday, 26 October.


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