Show Preview International plastics and rubber trade show in Poland

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

From 22 to 25 May 2018, business professionals from various sectors of the plastics and rubber processing industry will gather in Kielce, Poland, to view the latest innovations. The Polish plastics industry can look foward to four days filled with everything around plastics.

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All about plastics: In May, the Polish plastics industry meets in Kielce.
All about plastics: In May, the Polish plastics industry meets in Kielce.
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Plastpol is Poland's largest and most important plastics processing industry exhibition, having over the years received pan-European recognition. It is also an important knowledge exchange platform that keeps abreast of the development directions and the latest technologies. Moreover, Plastpol abounds with scientific and technical innovations.

After the last edition, the organisers at Targi Kielce were able to look back at a successful event. They announced that the Kielce Plastics Processing Expo had strengthened its market position in Poland and Europe. The excellent standing of both foreign and domestic plastics processing companies was demonstrated at Plastpol, which concluded on 26 May 2017 in Kielce. The positive result: 806 companies from 36 countries, 18,900 visitors and 34,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, an overall increase compared to the previous year's event.

Poland's largest industry exhibition and at the same time one of Europe's most highly-regarded industry events was the showcase for Polish plastics processing leaders and recycling-sector front-runners. In recent years, Plastpol has reported a steady increase in the number of recycling-business companies exhibiting at this trade fair. More than 50% of the exhibitors at the 2017 show were foreign companies. The international exhibitors list included companies from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Russia, USA, Slovakia, Hungary, Egypt, Japan, China and Malaysia. It is a show tradition that German and Italian companies enjoy the strongest representation. A large group of Turkish and Chinese companies boosted these countries' plastics industries' potentials.

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Polish plastics industry sixth in the European Union

In the last decade, Asian countries have been playing an ever-increasing role in the plastics industry, mainly at the expense of European suppliers. Despite the slightly weakened position of Europe, the old continent’s market remains an important supplier of polymers.

The European market’s strength is still determined by the demand from the following six countries: Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain and Poland, the total demand of which accounts for 70% of Europe’s demand, estimated to amount to 49 million tonnes of plastics per year. Poland’s demand for basic forms of plastics is estimated at 3.1 million tonnes, which ranks sixth in the EU, marking a European market share at the level of 6.3%.

Plastpol 2018 will showcase new and further developments as well as trends in plastics and rubber processing. The majority of the facilities and equipment on display will be presented in operating conditions. New moulds and other equipment for plastics processing will be another area of focus at the fair. Traditionally, a variety of product groups relating to industrial design, packaging, patterning, and recycling will be presented.

Lastest trends in plastics processing

One of the trade show highlights is the Omniplast competition. It has become a permanent fixture on the Plastpol agenda. Organised by Targi Kielce, the event targets all companies and company representatives exhibiting at the 22nd International Fair of Plastics and Rubber Processing. The competition aims to disseminate and popularise the knowledge of plastic processing and related processing technologies. After several competition stages have already taken place, Plastpol will see the grand finals held at Targi Kielce on 22 May 2018 at the fair.

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