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Event News Course charted for K 2022

Editor: Steffen Donath

Exhibitors’ Advisory Board of the trade fair for plastics and rubber has met for the first time in Düsseldorf.

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left to right: Erhard Wienkamp (Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business), Petra Cullmann (Executive Director Operative Trade Fair Business), Ulrich Reifenhäuser (Chairman exhibitors’ advisory board) and Thomas Franken (Project Director for the Portfolio Plastics & Rubber)
left to right: Erhard Wienkamp (Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business), Petra Cullmann (Executive Director Operative Trade Fair Business), Ulrich Reifenhäuser (Chairman exhibitors’ advisory board) and Thomas Franken (Project Director for the Portfolio Plastics & Rubber)
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf)

The first meeting of the exhibitors’ advisory board marked the kick-off to the next ‘K’ in Düsseldorf to be held from 19 to 26 October 2022. The body of experts has met now to chart the course for the important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries and to enter into the concrete planning stage. The exhibitors’ advisory board supports Messe Düsseldorf in the preparations for ‘K 2022’ and provides consulting on basic conceptual and organisational issues. Here particular attention is paid to considering current developments as well as to the global economy and the discussion of forward-looking trends and technologies.

The advisory board of ‘K 2022’ is composed of representatives from the exhibiting industries and leading trade associations. It mirrors the complete spectrum of ranges represented at ‘K’ in Düsseldorf, mechanical and plant engineering, raw and auxiliary materials as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products.

Acting as the Chairman for the exhibitors’ advisory board again will be Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Managing Partner of the mechanical engineering company of the same name and Chairman of VDMA’s Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association. The communications committee of ‘K 2022’ will be headed by Thorsten Kühmann, Managing Director of VDMA’s Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association.

‘K’ in Düsseldorf is the most relevant global meeting point for the plastics and rubber industries bringing together exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world every three years. There is no other trade fair allowing such a broad-based array of developments, solutions and trends to be experienced in a direct, international comparison and no other offering the opportunity to discuss these with experts in this way. The diversity and international origin of the companies ensure that such topical issues in the sector as digitalisation and the circular economy are addressed in as great a depth as the special segments.

In 2022 the world’s leading suppliers of products and services from the plastics and rubber industries will again be expected as exhibitors. The invitations to exhibitors will be sent out in early 2021.

At Düsseldorf responsibilities have changed over the past few months but the familiar faces will be around for ‘K’ in Düsseldorf: Erhard Wienkamp, acting as an Executive Director at Messe Düsseldorf since 2002, was appointed Managing Director of Operative Trade Fair Business at Messe Düsseldorf in late 2019. Petra Cullmann took office as a new Executive Director in July 2020 and therefore forms part of the Board of Managing Directors at Messe Düsseldorf. The position of Project Director for the Portfolio Plastics & Rubber was filled by Thomas Franken who is also thoroughly familiar with the industry as a long-standing member of the K Team.

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