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K Day Seven

By John Clark
Published: November 2nd, 2010

It's the second-to-last day of K 2010, and our staff is working on the final day's edition of the K Show Daily. We've had a great time at the K, as we always do, racing around the fairgrounds to gather up the news for the show daily, and seeing old friends and making new ones along the way. We'll continue to bring you news from the K here at PlasticsToday and via NewsFeed, and then in the joint MPW/IMM K Showcase special issue in December.

K Day Six

By John Clark
Published: November 1st, 2010

Visitors to K were greeted with fog as Monday dawned and the K heads into the home stretch. Attendance through Sunday evening was 155,000. So far, Thursday, the show's second day, has been the best attended with 43,000 visitors, followed by 39,000 on Friday, and 23,500 on the opening day. With two more editions of the K Show Daily to go, our press room remains active. The Esprit Arena adjacent to the fairgrounds sees struggling home team Fortuna Düsseldorf host local rivals MSV Duisberg at 8:15 p.m.

K Weekend Edition

By John Clark
Published: October 31st, 2010

The show keeps ticking along over the weekend. The hot ticket on Saturday is the lavish K Party, which this year is being headlined by Sister Sledge ("We Are Family"). Sunday, the show traditionally attracts large numbers of families and local residents, and the give-aways are flying off the stands. All along, business, and the K Show Daily, go on.

K Day Three: From the show floor

By John Clark
Published: October 29th, 2010

Not only are the halls packed at K 2010—so, too, are the trains heading to the fairgrounds, making a cab ride on a sunny Fall morning a smart move. Not surprisingly, a wall of attendees massed at the north entrance turnstiles, anxious to get a jump on the show's third day, which looks to be another in what's becoming a string of good days for the world's biggest plastics party. Read on for updates from the show throughout the day.

K Day Two: Packed halls, smiling exhibitors

By John Clark
Published: October 28th, 2010

As the K show moved to business in earnest, the halls were seemingly as full as they've ever been. The mood is upbeat, and more than once we had to avoid all the foot traffic by heading outside the halls to get to our destinations. But get there we did, and here's the news from the second day in Düsseldorf. We'll have more for you tomorrow, naturally.

Updated: K 2010—Opening day coverage

By John Clark
Published: October 27th, 2010

Düsseldorf: Undeterred by rail strikes in Germany and protests in France, exhibitors and attendees made their way to Düsseldorf and the K as the show opened its brightly lit exhibition halls this morning under rainy skies. Fortunately the local train service is not part of the intercity rail disruptions, and the U-Bahn cars heading to the fairgrounds were full.

Protests in France unsettle transportation, petrochemicals in advance of K

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 26th, 2010

Final preparations for K can be a daunting task in and of themselves, but French firms readying to attend the 2010 edition struggled with the additional burden of nation-wide protests of pension reform that dried up gas stations, blocked roads, shut down petrochemical plants, and froze mass transit throughout France.

Bunting adds sales operation in England

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 26th, 2010

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS; Stand 10/H69) has announced it will open a new manufacturing and sales operation in Berkhamsted, England, creating a European foothold using its April 2008 acquisition, Magnet Applications, which has manufacturing operations in Berkhamsted and Dubois, PA. The new sales operation will be responsible for all transactions in the UK, the European Union, and Africa.

Rajoo announces collaborations with Bausano and Hosokawa Alpine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

Indian-based blown-film and sheet-extrusion supplier, Rajoo Engineers Ltd. (Rajkot) has expanded its geographic and technology reach with the announcement of collaborative agreements with Italian pipe/profile extruder supplier Bausano & Figli S.p.a (Rivarolo Canavese) and German film extruder technology supplier Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft (Augsburg).

Raising the urgency of innovation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2010

Got a new product or process to take to market? Pera Innovation—with offices in the UK, Spain, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe—is one of Europe's most successful agencies in industrial collaboration, research, and development. Pera brings innovation, companies, funding, and technology together in order to help new plastics ideas reach their full market potential.

To get a feel for how this works, we talked to Mark Gaddes of Pera (Melton Mowbray, England) about how it's done.

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