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Show Preview: Plastpol 2020 “Technology that fits our times”

| Editor: Steffen Donath

The international plastics and rubber processing industry is meeting in Kielce, Poland from 19 - 22 May for the 24th iteration of Plastpol.

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Packaging is, of course, on of the most important industries that uses plastic.
Packaging is, of course, on of the most important industries that uses plastic.
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Demand for plastics ranks Poland sixth in Europe, right after Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Great Britain, explains Kazimierz Borkowski, Managing Director of the Plastics Europe Poland Foundation at the conference. The overall plastic consumption in particular business segments — packaging industry's demand increased to 33.5 %, compared to 31.5 % last year. In construction sector the demand decreased from 27.6 % to 24.4 %. The automotive and E&E sectors have demonstrated a constant demand increase — up to 9.4 % and 6.2 % respectively.

The trade fair promises a stage for product launches and industry innovations along specialised conferences and seminars. On the show floors, a lot of machines will be running live, giving visitors the chance to see their possible investments in action. Additionally, awards will be given to the best products of the show.

Who is attending?

Companies from 39 countries will be exhibiting at this year's Plastpol, the organisers explain. 34,000 m2 of exhibition space provide ample opportunity to display the latest products. 50 % of the attending companies are international companies, guaranteeing a broad range of insights into the current state of the industry. Regarding visitor numbers, Plastpol expects around 19,760 visitors. In a survey determining the factors for expo participation, visitor numbers ranked highest with 66.9 % naming it the most important factor. The following two factors were the event's recognition and the number of exhibitors. 98.6 % of exhibitors declared their participation in the next edition of the expo.

Alongside the main event, the Bio Plastics Zone focuses on biodegradable, compostable and biobased products.

Product and service categories at the show

The categories on display at Plastpol 2020 are numerous and include: machines and appliances, moulds and tools, packaging and design, composites, plastics, rubber and rubber processing, recycling, ICT and 3D printing.

On the visitors’ side, most are members of the plastics industry and plastics processing technologies. But also packaging and recycling companies will visit the plastics and rubber fair. Regarding the visitor profile, most are from the production sector. But almost the same percentage comes from board representatives and directors. This ensures a good mix of perspectives present at the show.

“Plastpol is the place to be — we have decided to come here to see the event with our own eyes. We have met many people and we'll definitely come back here in the future. The fact that visitors are really interested in buying machines — this is what we find the best about Plastpol,” said David Boulter, PRM Taiwan.

“Our industry finds Plastpol a very important place. We produce recycling machines — the expo is this part of Europe's most unique event crafted around plastics industry,” said Mustafa Palabiyik, Üstün is Makina.

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