Science Campus at K 2016 to present key industry themes

Launched for the first time at K 2013, the Science Campus is returning to the K show once again this year in Düsseldorf, Germany. From October 19-26, the Science Campus will offer exhibitors and visitors an opportunity to be updated on the latest scientific developments in the plastics and rubber sector, while promoting the exchange of knowledge between companies and universities.

Conceived as a special forum to advance the discourse between science and industry, the 2016 event will focus on four key themes defined by the K 2016 Innovation Circle—a panel consisting of experts from science and representatives of the K 2016s Exhibitors’ Council.

Scientists of the K 2016 Innovation Circle and teams from their institutes will prepare the key themes and present them in different formats. This year’s key topics are:
  • Innovation drivers of global change focusing on resource efficiency
  • Plastics Industry 4.0
  • New materials
  • Lightweight engineering
Scientific training in macromolecular chemistry and plastics technology will also be important themes.

These themes, which are all expected to have a lasting impact on the sectors’ market development in the coming years, will not only be the focus of the Science Campus but will also be reflected in the presentations of the exhibitors, the special show "Plastics Shape the Future" and the Innovation Compass.

The following participants will be represented at the Science Campus in Hall 7.0:
  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences Institute of Plastics Engineering (ikd),
  • Johannes Kepler University Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing, Linz, Austria
  • Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)
  • Chemnitz University of Technology Cluster of Excellence MERGE, Institute of Lightweight Structures
  • Dresden University of Technology Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK)
  • University of Stuttgart Institute of Polymer Technology (IKT)
  • A total of ten institutes or chairs of macromolecular and technical chemistry
  • Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research with a total of eight institutes
  • Kunststoff-Institut (plastics institute for SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia) (KIMW)
  • Beteiligungs- und Kunststoffverwertungsgesellschaft mbH (BKV)—investment and plastics-recycling company
  • Climate-KIC GmbH—Climate Innovation Initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)—coordinating institute for renewable materials activities
  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • VDI—The Association of German Engineers
  • Scientific Alliance of Plastics Technology (WAK)

At K 2016, over 3,000 exhibitors from around the world will showcase the newest developments in the fields of machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industry, raw materials and auxiliaries, semi-finished products, technical parts, and reinforced plastics products. Some 200,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected to attend.