Specials at the K 2016

Plastics shape the future

Photo: special show at K 2013
During K 2016 the special show "Plastics shape the future" will highlight the developments that are already taking shape and the visions that may become reality tomorrow. With reference to examples, the show demonstrates to what extent plastics are making their mark on modern living spaces – functionally, aesthetically and sustainably. Attention is also devoted to economic and environmental matters, and even problematical issues like marine litter, for example, will be addressed.

Hall 6, booth 6/C 40

Universities, institutes and agencies at the Science Campus

Pioneering technologies and solutions

K Trade fair visitor
Safeguarding and enhancing the industry’s innovative performance, cooperation between academic institutions and commercial enterprises are an important contribution to the competitive edge of almost every segment of the industry. The Science Campus, launched at K 2013, the most important specialist trade show for plastics and rubber in the world, has taken this positive effect into account. Presented by numerous scientific organizations, the event is intended to intensify the discourse between science and industry.

Hall 7

From design to reality

Design Chain

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Promoting plastics innovation within the design chain

Design Chain @K conference acts as a platform in the plastics industry, bringing together respected names in the ‘plastics value chain’ with notable designers and brands, to consider global perspectives on innovation, efficiency and sustainability.

Design Chain @K conference will be returning to the world’s premier trade fair for plastics and rubber, K 2016, following the success of its first event. The two-day conference will be held alongside the trade show in Messe Düsseldorf on 24-25 October 2016. Rooms 7 & 8, Congress Centre Dusseldorf(CCD) South.


Further events

kai - kunststoff-ausbildungs-initiative

Logo kai Ausbildungsinitiative

See and be amazed

In exhibitions , discussions , experimentation shows and on research booth , students can experience the work with plastic of tomorrow. 

The kai - training initiative was launched by associations, organizations and educational institutions from the plastics industry.

3D fab + print

The processing of plastics is constantly taking on new forms. We are now experiencing how a new future-oriented production technology is being developed: The 3D print. The importance of this technology for tool technology, component production, medical technology and the consumer goods industry is thus immense.

Hall 4

Industrie 4.0 on the air in the VDMA TV Pavilion

Industrie 4.0 – Working for you!

Industrie 4.0 creates added value. Experts will be discussing how in the VDMA television studio. Visitors to the fair will be able to follow the discussions live every day on the spot. Each day of K 2016 is devoted to a particular aspect of Industrie 4.0, which will be discussed in depth by a panel of experts. An introductory programme entitled "Industrie 4.0 for Plastics and Rubber Machinery" will also be shown each day. VDMA member firms will also use (end) products to demonstrate how their Industrie 4.0 technologies are successfully deployed in production and service.

Location: VDMA TV Pavilion FG 16.1 (outdoor space, opposite Hall 16)

VDMA: Industry 4.0

Pocket guide - Rubber & TPE 2016

Pocket guide - Rubber & TPE 2016

The Pocket Guide - Rubber - We move our world!

This leitmotiv of the German rubber industry is also the program of the qualified rubber and elastomer suppliers and processors that you find exhibiting here.

The guide includes exhibition hall plans on which products and services specific to rubbers and TPE are highlighted. This is combined with a list of company names, from A to Z. Classification is facilitated with information on categories similar to those in the official K 2016 fair catalogue.


Meet@K brokerage event



The brokerage event “meet@K” supports you in your targeted search for international business partners. It is very simple to take part: Register on the brokerage event website with your company profile and your offer or request. Arrange B2B talks in advance with exhibitors and visitors participating in the brokerage event. The meetings will take place on the Gallery in hall 6 on 20 and 21 October 2016.

Get in contact

Bioplastics Business Breakfasts

Bioplastics Business Breakfast
On three days during the show from Oct 20-22, 2016 bioplastics MAGAZINE will host a Bioplastics Business Breakfast: From 8 am to 12:30 am the delegates will have the chance to listen and discuss highclass presentations and benefit from a unique networking opportunity.

These are the main topics of each day:

20.10.: Bioplastics in Packaging
21.10.: PLA, an innovative Bioplastic
22.10.: Bioplastics in Durable Applications

Congress Centre Düsseldorf (CCD) Ost

Innovation Compass

Tomorrow's themes for the plastic and rubber sectors

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Innovation is the hallmark of K – like no other trade fair for the plastic and rubber industries it offers the widest and most varied range of ideas and products. Find out about all the innovations that K 2016 exhibitors have to offer and learn about the focal topics of the branch.
Read more about the Innovation Compass