Hilmar Backer, Senior Manager Europe Communications, Corporate Affairs, SABIC, Saudi Arabia
SABIC is the abbreviation for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. The company was founded in 1976 and is primarily active in the oil industry. Mr. Backer explains the development: "Initially, the founders had the idea of using and commercializing gases as a by-product of oil extraction, and later on established the chemicals business, which included manufacturing end-use applications such as granules, successful." The K has been the most important trade fair for SABIC for twenty years, the Dutchman emphasizes and adds: "Here we present our innovations for the first time in order to engage in direct exchange with customers and market partners."
Mr. Kunjankumar Patel, Mr. Divyesh Ghelani, India, University of Ahlen, Germany
Both of them just finished their studies at the University of Ahlen and use their stay to contact potential employers. Mr. Patel is optimistic: "We both prepared well with the "K App" and would like to have jobs in Polymer Technology as a Simulation Engineer for example." Here at K we find all the important companies in one place, so the show is essential for our self-promotion. " However, there is one aspect that both still need to work on. Mr. Ghelani says: "Our German skills are not perfect yet, but we are motivated and practice every day!"
The Science Campus „Where Business meets Science“ gives exhibitors and visitors to K 2019 the opportunity to gain a concentrated overview of scientific activities and findings in the plastics and rubber sectors, while businesses and universities have the chance to exchange information and experience.
The concept campervan VisionVenture is a joint venture of BASF and Hymer and the first showcase of the Creation Center in Ludwigshafen. More than 20 innovative BASF materials were used in the design of this new vehicle class that sets standards in terms of lightweight construction, self-sufficiency, travel experience and design. Several components such as the wheel arch lining were made by a 3D printer. The outer walls consist of a seven-centimetre honeycomb structure that insulates well, thereby saving energy, and which can filled – depending on the outside temperature – with warm or cool air in no time to ensure a pleasant indoor climate.
More than 3,300 exhibitors from 61 nations, including all the big names in the industry, present their latest products and new developments.