Show Preview: K 2019 The ‘Who's Who’ of the plastics and rubber world

Editor: Steffen Donath

“New technologies as drivers of innovation for a productive and responsible today, tomorrow and future” is the motto of this year's K trade fair in Düsseldorf.

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The hot topics of the plastics and rubber industry will be the focus of this year's K.
The hot topics of the plastics and rubber industry will be the focus of this year's K.
(Source: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann)

K 2019, known as “The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber” and scheduled to take place in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October 2019, is fully booked. Over 3,000 exhibitors from more than 60 countries have registered to participate. K will occupy the entire Düsseldorf exhibition grounds which covers more than 175,000 m² of exhibition space. For this event, more than 200,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected to visit Düsseldorf this year.

K is said to be the performance barometer for the entire industry and its global marketplace for innovations. For eight days, the ‘Who’s Who’ of the entire plastics and rubber world will meet in Düsseldorf to demonstrate the industry’s capabilities, discuss current trends and set the course for the future. K 2019 underscores its special position not only through its popularity with the global industry but also by addressing the current challenges of our era and especially of its sector.

This means, first and foremost in regard to “plastics for sustainable development” and the “circular economy”. These will be among the hot topics to be touched upon at the different exhibitors’ stands. But they are also part of a comprehensive supporting programme around the central trade fair.

Plastics and sustainability: How to approach the future

For example, the special exhibition “Plastics Shape the Future” also sees itself as a podium for solutions and answers to current social trends and discussions the plastics industry is faced with.

Crucial topics will be discussed in detail, including packaging waste, marine litter and climate change on the one hand and resource conservation, energy efficiency and recycling on the other. “Plastics Shape the Future” will not only offer an international information and networking platform but will also provide for greater involvement of policymakers and socially relevant groups in the form of keynote speeches and speed talks.

The Science Campus of K 2019 stands for the dialogue between science and industry, with sustainability and recycling management also being examined intensively.

Last but not least, the joint appearance of VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) and its member companies will also be focused on the topic of the circular economy this time.

Ready for K?

Those who want to already begin preparing for their visit to K 2019 in October can find the exhibitor database on the official website. At the time of writing, tickets are already available. The e-Ticket benefits visitors twofold by saving both time and money. Visitors can purchase their ticket online, print it out on their own or download it as a code and then travel to the trade fair free of charge by bus and train. In addition, the e-Ticket is much less expensive than one purchased on site. Those who are still looking for accommodation for K 2019 should make the most of the services offered by Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus (DMT). sd