K PLASTICS & RUBBER Trade Fair
October 19 - 26, 2016
218,000 visitors and 3,200 exhibitors from 59 countries.
3,200 exhibitors from 59 nations.
the biggest international trade fair for plastics and rubber
Visitor survey results also underscore the exhibitors’ assessment about the rise in international visitor participation: 58% (126,000 trade visitors) came from abroad. Almost 50% of all foreign visitors travelled from overseas – from as far away as Angola, Burkina Faso, the Falkland Islands, the Yemen, Malawi, Nepal, New Caledonia, Oman, Peru and Turkmenistan. As expected, the proportion of attendees from Asia accounted for the largest group of foreign visitors – some 30,000 came from South, East and Central Asia as well as from the Near and Middle East. Visitors from India were again the largest group while the number of trade visitors from China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan and Taiwan rose considerably. Another increase was noted in the number of visitors from South Africa - with some 2,000 arriving from this continent.
Also posting a significant plus was the proportion of visitors from North America: some 8,100 visitors were registered from the U.S. and Canada – 1,300 more than at K 2010. On the exhibitor side, 115 U.S. companies showcased their products at K 2013, 38 of them within the two successful U.S. Pavilions which were organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and co-sponsored by The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI).
Some 11,000 visitors at K 2013 were from Latin America, about as many three years ago. The majority of these attendees were from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia.
Among visitors from neighboring European countries, the Netherlands dominated with 8,000 visitors followed by France, Belgium, Great Britain and Italy. There was also a noticeable rise in interest from Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Overall, an above-average high number of visitors with management positions participated in K 2013, with about two-thirds from top or middle management. More than 50% of them played a decisive or co-determining role in their companies’ investment decisions. The proportion of visitors from research, development and design was also considerable.
Solutions for saving resources and energy efficiency dominate many product launches and the sector is marked by the request to manufacture products in an environmentally friendly yet cost-effective way. Machinery and plant construction, the largest exhibiting sector at K 2013 with some 1,900 exhibitors, was also the focus of visitor interest: according to a survey, about two-thirds of all visitors came to gather information on the innovations in this sector. For 42% of the trade visitors the exhibits of raw and ancillary material producers were their key interest while 22% were mainly interested in semi-finished goods and technical components made of rubber and plastic. Visitors came from all key user sectors – from the building, vehicle construction, packaging, electrical and medical engineering and agriculture industries. A total of 96% gave K 2013 high ratings and confirmed that they fully achieved the goals of their visit.
The next K trade fair will be held from October 19 – 26, 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany