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K2019 | SHOW REVIEW


K2019 saw a greater participation from foreign visitors and an unmistakable focus on sustainability – including many variants on the theme of recycling plastics


Sustainability: the key theme from K2019


After eight days – and what for many people has been many miles of walking between halls – the giant K2019 exhibition is over. Sustainability was a key theme at this year’s


show, with many exhibitors showcasing technolo- gies such as chemical and mechanical recycling and bioplastics. Ulrich Reifenhäuser, chairman of the exhibitor advisory board at K2019, said: “Never before has the industry addressed an issue so unanimously – and worked on solutions so consistently – as is the case now, in the fields of environmental compatibil- ity, saving resources and avoiding waste.” The proportion of foreign visitors at this year’s


show exceeded 73%, compared with nearly 71% in 2013. Asia accounted for around 40,000 visitors – with large contingents from India, China and Japan. Almost 20,000 visitors came from North and South America – a 7% increase compared to 2016.


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There was a marked increase in the number of visitors from Brazil, said the organiser. At the same time, exhibitor numbers rose from 3,285 (in 2016) to 3,330 at the latest edition of the show.


Messe Dusseldorf, which organised the exhibi-


tion, said there were 224,116 visitors this year – about 2.6% lower than the official figure from 2016 (which was put at 230,000). This compares with 218,000 visitors at K2013, said the organiser. The next K show will be held on 19-26 October


2022. The following pages contain a selection of new launches from this year’s show. The section concentrates on machinery, ancillary and materials developments – but is not exhaustive. Many other technologies were launched at the show. Some will be featured in future editions – within their relevant subject areas.


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