Fakuma 2014 The state-of-the-art in plastics technology
The 23rd edition of Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, is once again fully booked. From 14 to 18 October 2014, more than 1,700 exhibitors will be presenting their latest developments at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre on Lake Constance.
Lightweight production, savings of energy and material, 3D printing, improved precision injection moulding of components used in micro-technology and medical engineering – the 23rd Fakuma, on show from 14 – 18 October, offers visitors a complete array of ideas, suggestions, and solutions to further improve their processes and products. With 1,730 exhibitors from 34 countries, Fakuma 2014 is fully booked. Besides worldwide offerings in the field of plastics, visitors can expect several forums and shows, as well as guided tours and “Blue Competence”, a VDMA sustainability initiative in the area of plastic and rubber processing machines.
Blue Competence initiative promotes sustainability
The German Engineering Association has promoted the implementation of Blue Competence in the plastics and rubber machinery industry from the very beginning, as proof of sustainability is increasingly being called for throughout the entire manufacturing chain, be it from final consumers or original equipment manufacturers, according to the VDMA. It added that sustainability is already a reality for its member companies in a variety of ways - it is not expressed only in terms of the highly efficient technologies they offer. A responsible management that promotes new talent or motivates its workforce is also a sign of a company that thinks and acts sustainably, the German Engineering Association emphasised. Beyond this, there’s no lack of technological innovations in the field of plastics in 2014, Fakuma organiser Schall said. This is made plainly apparent by trends such as energy-efficient production, increasing use of composite materials, advancing functions integration despite miniaturisation and components or modules with ever thinner walls, new applications for rotation moulding technology like the thermoforming process, and last but not least 3D printing.