For eight days, 3,333 exhibitors from 63 nations shaped the picture in the halls of the Düsseldorf fairground during K 2019: the entire spectrum of the sector was represented at the fair, i.e. plastics manufacturers, machine builders, processors and recyclers. They all proved impressevively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable and forward-oriented material. However, and this was also a major focus at the K trade fair: There is a waste problem with plastics, as Ulrich Reifenhäuser explained at the closing press conference of K 2019. “That’s where we have to go, that’s where we have to offer effective solutions, and that’s what the plastics industry is doing,” said the Chairman of the Exhibitors’ Advisory Board at K.
Accordingly, the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material chain was high on the agenda of most exhibitors. The approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries – a new record that underscored the traditionally high internationality of K – took great interest especially in recycling systems, sustainable raw materials and resource-saving processes.
An important aspect of this trade fair was the high willingness to invest, which spread through all the halls. Particularly in the field of plastics packaging, it was evident that the market is continuing to grow, and K 2019 proved that the demand for new machines, new materials and new solutions is generally very high. Once again, K was able to score as a premiere platform, where many trend-setting products and applications were presented to the world public for the first time.
The atmosphere of optimism emanating from this K can be felt in two ways: firstly in the direction of recycling management, where the industry unanimously takes up this topic and develops closed circles. Secondly, with regard to the global demand for innovative machines and raw materials, regardless of the current tensions in world trade or the situation of individual customer industries. Thus the conclusion of “K-President” Reifenhäuser that they had experienced an “astonishingly good and positive” trade fair made the industry look ahead with optimism.