It’s official and, to be honest, quite predictable: K 2019 was an unqualified success. The plastics and rubber trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, from Oct. 16 to 23 attracted approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries, according to Messe Düsseldorf. They ogled stunning displays from the likes of Sabic—featured as one of PlasticsToday’s coolest things at the show—and Reifenhäuser—check out the video below—and kicked some tires as they pondered purchasing new plastics processing equipment. Visitors had an embarrassment of riches from which to choose: Organizers said that 3,330 exhibitors from 63 countries took part in this year’s event.
Members of the press were keenly interested in learning about new technologies, and the K, as always, did not disappoint. Stephen Moore and I combed the aisles and attended what seemed like wall-to-wall press conferences hunting down news for PlasticsToday readers. Articles that we posted leading up to, during and after the show are archived at www.plasticstoday.com/k-show. You will find some interesting reading there, including reports on how blockchain can be be applied to plastics traceability and sustainability, why Lanxess is using artificial intelligence to accelerate materials development, and the shape of cars to come. But wait, there’s more.
Following the K, I took a one-week vacation in Paris. With apologies to Charles Aznavour, it was “for me, for me, formidable.” Thanks for asking. On the downside, though, I wasn’t able to report on some innovations I discovered the second week of the show and share conversations I had with exhibitors . . . until now. Turn the page.
Image courtesy Messe Düsseldorf