Plast 2012 Milan hosts triennial Plast plastics & rubber fairs
The next triennial Plast, the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries, takes place at the Milan Fairgrounds from 8–12 May. The show’s organiser, Promaplast S.r.l., characterises the Plast fair as the largest exhibition representing the entire plastics- and rubber-processing production chain of machines, auxiliary equipment, moulds, raw materials, regenerated materials, composites and semi-finished and finished products scheduled to appear in Europe this year.
As of 31 December 2011, more than 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries had signed up for the event, but additional applications submitted in subsequent weeks were carrying the number toward the level reached in 2009: 1,478 exhibitors. At latest report from the organiser, the space available for exhibitors had almost run out.
Since the 2009 edition of Plast, Promaplast has added many new features to the trade fair to underscore its international character and highlight the panorama of novel technologies and innovative applications that will be displayed prominently in the huge Fiera Milano pavilions. Of immediate importance is the fact that numerous exhibitors in the list at the Plast website have a symbol next to the company name on which show visitors can click to access a preview of the exhibitor’s innovations that will be on display. This enables those planning to attend the fair to organize their show week ahead of time.
A notable feature of Plast 2012 is the return of the satellite fair Rubber. Organised with the sponsorship of Assogomma and offering a focus its name makes clear, Rubber 2012 serves to draw particular attention to this important industrial segment.
Further, a rich programme of side events and technical-scientific conferences for this trade fair has been finalized. The accompanying programme ensures that Plast will be not only a meeting of great commercial relevance for both exhibitors and visitors, but also an occasion for all participants to learn more about recent developments and the most pertinent issues affecting the sector.
In addition, the international Plastic Technology Award ideas competition, launched by the Plast 2012 organiser in conjunction with the consortium of the Milan Polytechnic, POLI.design, is heading toward the revelation of its outcome. Back in January, the jury examined the proposals submitted by professionals and Italian and foreign students of design for innovative technologies and original applications relating to the principal plastics manufacturing processes. The presentation of awards will take place at a ceremony held during Plast.
Plast 2012 is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. It is supported by Euromap, Europe’s association of plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers (www.euromap.org), and also by, this year for the first time, UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry (www.ufi.org).