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Approximately 225,000 visitors attended K 2019, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry held in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Approximately 225,000 visitors attended K 2019, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

K 2019 has drawn to a close in Düsseldorf after eight days on Oct 23. Approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries took great interest in the solutions showcased by the 3,330 exhibitors, especially in recycling systems, sustainable raw materials, resource-saving processes, according to the organizer.

“K 2019 came at precisely the right point in time. Especially in times of great challenges, a platform like the K is indispensable. It provides guidance and perspectives, sets sustainable economic impulses, and shows forward-looking trends and concrete approaches,” says Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

And the positive mood prevailing at K 2019 was echoed by concrete demand at exhibition stands.

“It became clear that global demand for innovative machinery and raw materials is particularly high right now, despite the current tensions in world trade or the business climate in some consumer sectors. This year’s K has by far exceeded our expectations and was able to generate key impetus for sustainable governance and new business models,” said Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board at K 2019.





68% of visitors came from senior management

The nations especially well represented on the part of visitors after Germany were Italy, the Netherlands, India, Turkey and China, followed by the USA. Furthermore, a marked increase in the number of trade visitors from the Russian Federation, Japan and Brazil could be registered.

As announced, the number of executives among K visitors rose slightly yet again, as 68% came from top or middle management. With over 90%, visitor satisfaction was again at a top level. While for German trade visitors increased efficiency ranked first as the currently most important issue, the expansion of product and service portfolios was in the foreground for European and non-European trade fair guests.


High Propensity to Invest

Once again, K was able to score points as a premiere platform where many trend-setting products and applications were presented to the world public for the first time. The innovations were not only admired, but also many concrete negotiations were conducted and contracts signed.

“We found the propensity to invest extremely high and across all nations. In particular, business with new customers was very positive this year. We are also confident about very strong follow-up business,” says Reifenhäuser.

For the guests from throughout the world investment in expansion ranked particularly high on the list, especially in extruders and extrusion lines. The survey among visitors also showed that the interest in machinery and equipment for plastics reclamation and recycling is noticeably higher abroad than in Germany.

Rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) also proved a fixture at K again. Although the elastomer segment has traditionally been smaller than the plastics range at K, there was a surprisingly high number of companies presenting elastomer-specific products and services, be it raw materials, additives and compounds or special machines and equipment for reclamation and converting.


Fruitful concurrent events

The extensive supporting programme at K 2019 boasting keynotes and high-calibre discussions such as on renewable energies, material efficiency or zero-waste production met with avid interest among the international audience, especially the Special Show K 2019 “Plastics shape the Future”.

This year the innovative power of the material and the industry in terms of resource-saving processes, digitalisation, functionality, renewable energies, circularity and sustainability were centre staged.

At the Science Campus both exhibitors and visitors to K 2019 were given a condensed overview of scientific activities and results in the plastics and rubber sector. Numerous universities, institutes and funding agencies provided opportunities for direct dialogue.

The next K Düsseldorf will be held from 19 to 26 October 2022.

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