During K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October, the special show “Plastics shape the future” highlighted the developments that are already taking shape and the visions that may become reality tomorrow. With reference to examples, the show demonstrated to what extent plastics are making their mark on modern living spaces – functionally, aesthetically and sustainably. The special show at K 2016 is a project of the German plastics industry under the leadership of PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. and Messe Düsseldorf.
Ever since plastics were first processed into telephones, light switches and radio housings a century ago, their diversity and presence in everyday life have increased enormously. Synonymous with innovation, safety, comfort and virtually unlimited scope in applications and design, polymeric materials have meanwhile conquered all spheres of life. Without plastics and rubber, it will not be possible to master the huge challenges of the future. They are a byword for resource-conserving technologies, progressive mobility, the protection of food and drinking water, innovative medical technology, energy efficiency and sustainability.