Fakuma 2017 In a plastic world
Fakuma is not a newcomer anymore as it continues to write its success story this year. The 25th edition of the international trade fair for plastics processing even has to occupy the foyers to host an additional number of exhibitors. This is proof that Fakuma holds an essential spot in the trade fair landscape of Europe.
In June, P.E. Schall, organiser of the trade fair, reported that the exhibition halls of Fakuma were already fully booked. Roughly 1,700 exhibitors are exhibiting at the exhibition centre in Friedrichshafen, Germany. According to Schall, this means 915,000 square feet of exhibition space. To make this possible, the organiser even had to open the unused floor space of the foyers at the west and east entrances to the exhibition.
25 years of the Fakuma International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing are above all 25 years of plastics technologies and the products that result from them, as well as their use in a great variety of consumer goods and industry sectors. But 25 years of Fakuma are also significantly more than two decades of consistent commitment to plastics and plastics processing, and to the acceptance of plastics in a continuously and rapidly changing working world.
Plastics have basically been in vogue again since the (re)discovery of resource conservation, and above all due to the once again increasing substitution of plastics for conventional metallic materials – especially in light of the fact that a great deal has also been done in the area of energy efficiency where the industrial processing of plastics is concerned.
Injection moulding again one of the main areas
Micro-injection moulding, two-component and multi-component processes, process and functions integration by means of creative tooling design, CFRP lightweight engineering and significantly reduced material consumption thanks to design in accordance with actual application requirements and thin-walled layouts, new dimensions of extrusion precision, thermoforming with previously unknown levels of reproducible accuracy, and finally, 3D printing as well as generative/additive manufacturing to an extent that had been inconceivable until just recently – the world of plastics applications and plastics processing is more dynamic than ever, which is demonstrated not least of all by the very large number of exhibitors who have registered for Fakuma 2017.
Fakuma project manager Annemarie Schur, with regard to the current bookings and occupancy situation at the exhibition centre, says: “Not only will all of the European and global market leaders be on hand, the big players from Asia will demonstrate increased presence as well. Numerous mid-sized companies from all of the industrialised nations and emerging countries will also be on hand, so that we’ll be able to present products and services from distributors and manufacturers from all over the world to the expert visitors.”
In addition to the growing electrification of drive units for injection moulding machines, attention at Fakuma 2017 will also be focused on the consistent automation of production and material flow, as well as the ability to integrate components, modules, subsystems and equipment into I 4.0 structures. Digitalisation is of course also advancing in the field of automated plastics processing and affecting all process steps beginning with CAD and design engineering, through production, quality assurance, further processing and packaging, right on up to logistics and distribution based on actual requirements.