This millennium, Plastics have an image problem, mainly due to plastic waste that pollutes the oceans, for example. But an important and highly exciting change is taking place in the industry, which became particularly clear at K 2019. The industry is now not only taking responsibility, but taking the lead on issues as important as climate protection for example. At last K the industry underscored the need for a functioning circular economy along the entire resource chain and already presented concrete solutions. After all, plastic continues to be an innovative, indispensable and forward-looking material. It offers low-emission and energy-saving efficient processes and technologies. Without it, resource conservation and sustainability would be impossible. Climate protection, circular economy and digitilisation are therefore the three hot topics at K 2022 and will be omnipresent in the solutions of the exhibiting companies.
As this is your first K Show what are you ambitions?
Franken: K 2022 is my first K as project director. But I've been part of the K team already from 2015 on, so K is not new territory for me and I know the industry and the exhibitors quite well.
K Düsseldorf is the sector's uncontested No. 1 trade fair worldwide for many reasons. Nowhere else is international participation as high and this diversity ensures that the complete global ranges of products, solutions and trends are presented – even in special segments. Furthermore, K still has the greatest number of world premieres and the highest degree of innovation. As the leading event for the global industry, K serves as a platform which also leads in terms of hot topics for the industry, is future-oriented and offers intensive exchange between business, science, research and the most relevant international associations – a fact also reflected by the K 2022 specials. K is the place where the visions for the future are jointly formed by the sector.
My ambition is to further expand and strengthen the position of K as the most relevant meeting place for the entire industry worldwide, where the industry can demonstrate its innovative power and set the course for the next generations.
K is one of the best global resources for designers -as well as many other industries- with a huge amount of information but how to help visitors navigate and find what they need across the 17 halls.
Franken: The three major product areas are clearly grouped in the exhibition halls and can be directly identified on the hall plans by color coding. Machinery and equipment occupy halls 1, 3-4, 8b as well as 9-17. Raw materials and auxiliaries can be found in halls 5, 6, 7, 7a, 8a, 8b. Semi-finished products, technical components and reinforced plastic products are located in hall 5, 6, 7, 7a, 8a, 8b. Furthermore, in Hall 9 the main focus is on recycling technologies.
The visitors should use the exhibitor database on k-online.com, which is the heart of trade fair preparation. There, you will find not only the interactive hall plan that shows you where exactly an exhibitor is located in the hall, but also a wide range of information about the individual exhibitors. They store product news, contact persons as well as company and press news in their exhibitor entry. In addition, these will be indexed by the KI group editorial team according to target products and application markets.