Fakuma 2017 Fakuma turns 25 and has a full house
Germany - The 25th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing this fall in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance is fully booked, the organisers say.
To meet the floor space requirements of established as well as new exhibitors, previously unused floor space reserves will be occupied this year in the two foyers at the east and west entrances for the 2017 edition, of what is said to be, the world’s second-ranking event for industrial plastics technology and plastics processing from 17-21 October. This means a total exhibition floor space of over 915,000 feet2, with about 1,700 exhibitors from 35 countries, of which over 35% are foreign.
Large segments of the plastics processing industry are changing – or are being forced to change – through the use of new materials, technologies and processes. 3D/4D-printing technologies as well as techniques and solutions for highly efficient processing of hybrid, composite and sandwich materials, especially in the automobile industry and its suppliers, are also making use of the opportunities offered by a broad-ranging portfolio of chemical solutions for more multi-faceted requirements to achieve affordable lightweight structures. The process sequence for material and resource-conserving processing of these new or alternative materials is based on elementary building blocks such as new machines, adapted moulds and mould standards, integrated quality assurance systems and controllable hydraulic/pneumo-hydraulic/electric drives, as well as network-compatible and thus communication-capable controllers plus software and the keyword – Industry 4.0!
Plastics processing at Fakuma includes injection moulding, extruding, thermoforming and 3D printing, as well as further processing through to integrated module assembly and sterile packaging under cleanroom conditions, for example, for technical medical components and assemblies. Offered too is the exhibitor forum, which is fully booked again, at which experts will present new technologies, enhanced processes, product innovations and new solutions for improved economic efficiency in the production of plastic parts.