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The fun began on Oct. 27, 2010. The K show booked approximately 3100 exhibitors, hailing from 57 countries for the week-long plastics extravaganza. Show organizer Messe Düsseldorf said the exhibitors occupied 1.7 million ft2 of net exhibit space, with host country Germany leading the way. Italy, which traditionally ranks second behind Germany in total exhibitors, did so once again with more than 400 Italian companies having booked a net space of 294,900 ft2.

PlasticsToday Staff

December 8, 2010

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3100 exhibitors, 57 countries, 8 days, 19 halls, 2 sore feet

The fun began on Oct. 27, 2010. The K show booked approximately 3100 exhibitors, hailing from 57 countries for the week-long plastics extravaganza. Show organizer Messe Düsseldorf said the exhibitors occupied 1.7 million ft2 of net exhibit space, with host country Germany leading the way. Italy, which traditionally ranks second behind Germany in total exhibitors, did so once again with more than 400 Italian companies having booked a net space of 294,900 ft2.

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Build up: injection molding machine from Stork being installed in Hall 13 a few days before the show began.

As attendees walked the floors, they quickly saw that Europe had a strong presence throughout the show halls, with Austria (87,200 ft2), Switzerland (65,600 ft2), France (53,800 ft2), and the Netherlands (45,200 ft2) all coming out in force. There were 115 companies from the United States, with their 48,400 ft2 of exhibition space marking an increase from K 2007.

Points east of Europe were strongly represented as well, led by China (72,100 ft2), India (48,400 ft2), and Turkey (30,100 ft2), who all took up more space than three years ago. With 57,000 ft2, Taiwanese companies maintained their strong representation from 2007. In addition, there were first-time exhibitors from Armenia, Chile, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

Given that there were 3100 exhibitors, and, assuming one stayed for the full show, a visitor would have to stop in at nearly 400 stands/day to see all of them, a pace of better than 45/hr. Assuredly no one accomplished that. Of course, K encompasses all there is in plastics, so we have brought you a sampling of highlights. For much more coverage straight from the show, visit k.plasticstoday.com. —[email protected]

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