Trade Fair News

Plastics are a dynamic field – and Messe Düsseldorf is the dynamic company that organises K. The aim of our “Trade Fair News” is to inform you about what is particularly important to us at the moment or what might be of interest to you as an exhibitor or visitor – both generally and specifically, with respect – for example – to the forthcoming K 2016 trade fair.

Overview: Trade Fair News

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3,285 companies present a complete range of services reflecting the international plastics and rubber sector


The plastics and rubber industry will be presenting its complete product and service spectrum and the entire diversity of its innovative applications at K 2016, the industry’s international flagship fair, which will be held from 19 to 26 October in Düsseldorf. 3,285 exhibitors from every continent will be unveiling their latest developments for every industrial segment. ...
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Russia: Good Long-Term Prospects make for Stable Demand despite Difficult Times


Despite the difficult economic and political situation Russia is currently in, the activities in the plastics and rubber industries are far from coming to a standstill. There is continued substantial demand for investment especially in the production of consumer goods, technical equipment and packaging. Manufacturing processes and product quality at Russian sites are being optimised ...
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Sustained strong demand for lightweight packages with high functionality


Maximum product protection with the minimum input of materials, decorative design to stimulate purchase, and resource efficiency in production, storage and transport – the requirements are very diverse. K 2016 will present innovations in design, production and applications for a huge variety of packaging materials and production methods. This article examines the trends in packaging ...
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Touchpoint 3D fab+print at the K 2016


Hardly any technology is currently attracting so much attention as additive manufacturing, which is also called generative manufacturing or 3D printing. Additive manufacturing processes are causing a stir among users in the design and packaging, aerospace and automotive industries as well as in the fields of dental and medical technology and machines and plant engineering. The ...
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North America: Digital Design and Automation Influence Molding Productivity


Trends shaping the North American plastics industry include growing use of advanced digital design and manufacturing software and increased automation of production. Recent developments give companies throughout the product chain more ways to optimize operations, speed products to market and increase competitiveness.
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Research and industry in dialogue: Science Campus at K 2016 presents key themes for the plastics and rubber industry


Having met with a huge response at its premiere at K 2013, the Science Campus at K 2016 from 19 to 26 October will be further intensifying the dialogue between research and industry in an enlarged area and with an increased number of participating scientific organisations. Supplementing the presentations of universities and colleges, institutes and sponsoring organisations, the ...
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Cautious Optimism


Despite a host of issues to tackle that range from marine waste to multiple force majeures at materials suppliers, the European plastics industry approaches K 2016 in a good state of health and with cautious optimism. But there are still many hills to climb.
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Plenty of potential for recycling


Technologically, plastics recycling is not a problem at all today. In-house recycling has now become established right across industry. For plastics processors who work with pure-grade raw materials, the waste-free factory has become commonplace. And for post-consumer wastes, there are increasingly mature reutilisation strategies, enabling the regranulate produced with them ...
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From challenges to opportunities: favourable climate for the plastics industry


The plastics industry in ASEAN remains unperturbed by global developments that are also impacting the growth path of key industries. With K 2016, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber, coming up in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October, we take a closer look at this market.
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K 2016: Print@home saves time and money


Tickets for K 2016 from 19 to 26 October are available online at as of now. The eTicket offers dual benefits, as it saves time and money. Visitors can purchase their tickets online, print them out on their own printers or download them as codes, and then travel free of charge to the trade fair by bus and rail. The eTicket is also much cheaper than tickets bought on site. ...
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