In 2010 Plastpol brought together almost 700 companies from 29 countries in Europe as well as from the USA, India, Japan, Taiwan, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Korea, and Thailand. Almost 25,000 m2 of exhibition space were made available to the participants.
Plastpol 2010 featured almost all the products used in and related to the plastics processing industry - from the first stages of production to disposal and recycling. Among the exhibits were plastics processing machines, moulds and tools utilised in this industry, a variety of plastics, components, recycling technologies and IT systems applied in plastics processing. Technologies and final products are also put on display by companies operating in the packaging industry. Plastpol enjoys accreditation from the UFI - the global organisation associating over 300 exhibition companies from all over the world.
Major companies operating in the plastics processing industry took part in the trade fair Plastpol 2010. Among the equipment producers and distributors were such companies as Dopak, KraussMaffei, Engel, Arburg, Weima Maschinenbau, Desma, Reifenhäuser, Elbi, Plast Line, Battenfeld, Wadim Plast, Negri Bossi, Erema, Uniloy Milacron and Piovan, among others. The plastics sector was represented by such market leaders as Basell Orlen, Anwil, TVK, Borealis, Ampacet, PolyOne, Dunastyr, Polimeri Europa as well as A. Schulman Polska and other important players on this market.
After the recession in 2008 - 2009, which affected a large part of the plastics industry, the situation is improving, however still very slowly - said Jakub Skowronski, the marketer of Anwil S.A. belonging to the Orlen Group. Other exhibitors of Plastpol are of the same opinion.
According to Eurostat data, last year's European production of plastics was more than 15 % lower compared to 2008, affecting mostly the market of plastics processing machinery. However, improvement is evident since the end of 2009, there was a revival in investments made by companies of the industry. CMAI Analysts predict, however, that the plastics industry will be returning to the best times of 2007 over the next five years.