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"I told him that if you have a big machine, you have to be at K."I heard the above statement while I was on the monorail heading to Pack Expo Las Vegas.It's hard to believe that K 2013 is almost upon us. As you can tell, no matter what show or conference I've been at, K always comes up.At the K 2013 preview (July 1-3; Düsseldorf, Germany), show organizers provided a preview of the event. About 3100 companies from 60 countries are expected to exhibit at K 2013. Suppliers from Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France will all be present.

Heather Caliendo

October 7, 2013

2 Min Read
Ready for K?

The German plastics and rubber industry has booked about 43% of the overall net exhibition area of 170,000 sq m. After Germany, Italy is traditionally the largest non-domestic exhibition nation and this year; Italian businesses have reserved more than 26,000 sq m of net exhibition area.

U.S. exhibitors at K 2013 will have an overall net exhibition area of more than 5300 sq m compared to 4402 sq m in 2010.

Perhaps, most reflective of the ongoing changes in the global market is the increase in the number of exhibitors from Asia with the overall area booked by Asian businesses having increased significantly. The exhibition area of the largest five Asian nations of China, Taiwan, India, Japan and South Korea has grown by almost one third, more than 25,000 sq m in 2013, compared to 18,000 sq m in 2010.

In addition, the growing plastic industry of Turkey will display its products and services in almost 4000 sq m of net exhibition area, which is 1000 sq m more than three years ago.

We've been previewing companies and products on our K Channel for the past few months. Here's some of the packaging solutions that will be on display:

  • A new die for coextruding barrier films up to 11 layers can be used to produce structures using any barrier material including nylon, EVOH, PETG, and PVdC. Extrusion technology supplier Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. will introduce the new FlatPack die at K 2013 (Hall 16 at Stand B06).

  • UK-based Atlas Converting Equipment will showcase upgraded versions of its Atlas CW Series and Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinder technology for plastic films and flexible packaging materials at the K 2013 (Düsseldorf, Germany; October 16 - 23) in Hall 3 at Stand B91.  

  • Stork will exhibit its latest developments in injection molding machines and technology at K 2013 in Hall 13 at Stand D72. New at the K-show is the introduction of five application specific machines in cooperation with its partners. Four of these Stork machines at the show are designed as hybrid machines with different variations of optional electrified executions of drive systems. The fifth machine, a full-electric, is designed for optimal energy consumption at highest possible production speeds.

There's plenty of additional content on that channel covering the various end markets. So be sure to spend some time on that site prior to the show.

PlasticsToday will be out in full force at the show, so if your company has a new product, machine, any news you want to share, be sure to send us a note. We're excited to see you all there!

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