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Focus on K 2013 – the trade fair for plastics and rubber
Just a few more weeks and the time will have come around again. 3,100 companies from the plastics and rubber industry in 60 different countries are currently preparing for the most important event in their sector: the plastics trade fair (K 2013) in Düsseldorf, that takes place every three years and will be open to the trade public from 16. to 23. October 2013. The trade fair company, industry representatives and exhibitors recently took a look ahead to the big event in October at the K Preview.
Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitors’ Council of the plastics trade fair K 2013
Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Exhibitors’ Council of the plastics trade fair K 2013, points out that while some economic regions around the world – Japan, for example – are registering substantial growth, while there are signs of a slight improvement in the economic situation in the USA and while China has confirmed its growth forecast of seven per cent for 2013 in spite of a slowdown, the economy is continuing to develop poorly in Europe as a whole. He adds that the situation is inconsistent and difficult for the plastics and rubber industry to assess at the moment. The industry is nevertheless confident about the future: “We are working on the assumption of a stable year with small decreases or increases”. The company CEO is convinced that business will be stimulated significantly by K, the most important trade fair in the world for the plastics and rubber industry.
Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf
DThe basic mood is therefore cautiously positive, but with a definite trend all the same. Werner M. Dornscheidt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, summarises his impressions as follows: “The plastics and rubber industry in this K year is dynamic, innovative and confident”. The host of the plastics trade fair is satisfied – and rightly so, as the figures demonstrate; after all, every single square metre of space in the exhibition halls has been booked:
The international plastics and rubber community is meeting in Düsseldorf in the autumn with net exhibition space of about 25 football fields (170,000 square metres). The Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf is excited: “Nowhere else in the world can such a wide range of raw material, processing and application engineering technology be experienced as at K”.