Sustainability was the key theme at K2019

Sustainability was a key theme at this year’s K2019, with many exhibitors showcasing technologies such as chemical recycling, single-material flexible packaging 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 environ- mental compatibility, 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

This year’s show attracted nearly 225,000 visitors, which was slightly less than in 2016

contingents from India, China and Japan. Almost 20,000 visitors came from North and South America – a 7% increase compared to 2016. There was a marked increase in the number of visitors from Brazil. At the same time,

exhibitor numbers rose from 3,285 (in 2016) to 3,330 at the latest edition.

Messe Dusseldorf, which

organised the exhibition, 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. The next K show will be on 19-26 October 2022. �

Pipelife and Perstorp honoured at ‘PVC innovation’ awards

This year’s Inovyn awards, which recognise innovation in PVC, saw winners in fields as diverse as recyclable pipe and fibre-rein- forced window frames. “We had nearly 100 projects this time – about 25% more than the last awards three years ago,” said Filipe Constant, Inovyn’s chief commercial officer. In the sustainability category, Perstorp took the silver award for its Pevalen Pro non-phthalate plasticiser, which is based on partly renewable raw materials. The bronze award went to Pipelife Netherlands for developing three lives for PVC piping for Dutch gas network operator Alliander. Recycled twice, it has a total lifespan of 150 years. In design, the silver award went to

TechPlas Extrusions for its Techboard planks, which are 30% lighter, stronger and more durable than wood due to internal hexago- nal reinforcements. It also has an end-of-life recycling scheme. Benvic and Geplast took the bronze award for their honeycomb profiles. The Fokus rolling shutter box has better thermal and acoustic insulation, and is made with different grades of PVC – includ- ing rigid, plasticised, virgin and recycled. In the process category, Solvay took silver

with its Alve-One, a chemical blowing agent for use in flooring and artificial leather in the car industry. It can also be used for cables, cladding, foam sheets, pipes and packaging. �


machine sales slow

Amaplast, the Italian plastics machinery association, released mid-year figures showing that the country’s trade in plastics machinery continued to decline in H1, albeit at a slower rate in Q2 than Q1. Overall, the associa- tion said imports were 17% down on H1 2018, while exports were 5% down. There was a very slight improvement in the balance of trade. The decline is mainly

the result of a slump in trade with Germany, which is Italy’s largest biggest import and export partner for plastics machinery. Imports and exports fell by 26% and 33% respectively, Amaplast said. Most other European

national markets were also down for Italian exporters, as was South America. North America was slightly up but by far the strongest markets were in the Far East and Middle East, with China showing a 39% increase, Thailand 55% and Indone- sia more than doubling albeit from a low base. Looking ahead, the

association predicts ongoing weakness in the plastics market. “Overall, there is concern for the tendency towards a postponement or reduc- tion in orders by custom- ers,” the association said. �

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