Fakuma 2017

Anniversary edition continues the success story

| Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

Almost 50,000 visitors came to Friedrichshafen to get to know the latest innovations and developments of the plastics industry.
Almost 50,000 visitors came to Friedrichshafen to get to know the latest innovations and developments of the plastics industry. (Source: Schall)

Fakuma 2017, the 25th edition of the international trade fair for plastics processing, ended yet again with a rise in numbers of exhibitors and visitors. The trade show celebrated the 25th anniversary of Fakuma.

The organisers of Fakuma can be proud of themselves. Again, the trade fair was a huge success. 1889 exhibitors took the chance to present their products and services to the international audience. The exhibiting companies had an international background as well coming from a total of 38 countries all over the globe. The organisers at P.E. Schall GmbH are sure that one of the reasons the trade show is so successful every year is not only the huge number of exhibitors. Fakuma is a “plastics marketplace with family atmosphere,” Sandra Füllsack, spokesperson of the exhibitor advisory committee, expressed at the opening press conference.

Good business for exhibitors

This seemingly works for the plastics processing industry: Schall reported 48,375 visitors at this year's show, an increase compared to the last edition in 2016. Exhibitors were very happy with the business in Friedrichshafen. Andreas Geyer, owner of Strack Norma, stated: “The trade show was very well attended. We had the opportunity for intesive discussions with visitors – also from international markets.” The supplier of standard parts for tool and mouldmaking presented a 3d-printed collapsible core.

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Arburg, too, was very satisfied with its presence at Fakuma 2017: “We received many firm enquiries, business is excellent – for our customers from all industries as well as for us. During such boom times, production-efficient machine technology, individually tailored solutions and reliable service are especially in demand,” concluded Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team. “Moreover, topics such as Industry 4.0, host computer systems and additive manufacturing are becoming increasingly relevant for our customers. In Friedrichshafen we were once again able to impressively demonstrate that we can offer not just the suitable smart machine technology for any requirement, but that we are at the customer's side as a technology partner.”

The atmosphere among visitors and exhibitors was very positive. Besides the limitations that Friedrichshafen has as a trade show location, for example the traffic situation, accommodation availability and general exhibition space limits, everyone feels that Friedrichshafen and Fakuma trade show belong together. The unique atmosphere of Fakuma only exist at this very location, visitors and exhibitors unanimously agreed.

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