70 years of K in Düsseldorf – a world career made in Germany
70 years of K in Düsseldorf – a world career made in Germany!
Now online: the anniversary in historical pictures and stories
The same year that saw Queen Elizabeth II ascend to the throne, the first artificial heart valve implanted in the USA and the musical "Singin' in the Rain" inspire millions at the cinema, history was also made in Germany with the inaugural edition of K, hosted in Düsseldorf from 11 to 19 October 1952. At that time nobody suspected this event only just taking off would develop into the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry.
Today, K in Düsseldorf can look back on a success story of 70 years. It is the most relevant information and business platform of the plastics and rubber industry worldwide. Its position as the leading trade show for the entire industry, where theme leadership and innovation go hand in hand to pave the way for visions for the future, is undisputed. On no other platform is the internationality as high as in Düsseldorf. For K 2022 from 19 to 26 October around 3,000 exhibitors from 61 nations are expected and the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre is completely booked.
How it all started
However, K in Düsseldorf also started small once: the debut event "Wunder der Kunststoffe" (Miracles of Plastics) in 1952 registered 270 exhibiting companies – exclusively from Germany. They occupied approximately 14,000 square metres of net exhibition space.
At the premiere 165,000 visitors marvelled especially at the colourful consumer goods exhibited by plastics processors. Because from 1952 to 1959 K Düsseldorf was purely a showcase of the German industry. Any interested visitor, be it a layman or specialist, was admitted to visit the trade fair. Major attractions on show were products designed to make life more beautiful and convenient. Today, we smile at the advertising of that time, which was also aimed at the "modern housewife" and introduced her to such post-war achievements as trendy PVC raincoats or sheer nylon stockings - aesthetic epitomes of the economic miracle.
The more the plastics industry specialized and high-tech plastics for special solutions in electronics, medicine, automotive or aerospace attracted attention beyond standard polymers, the more specialists visited the trade fair. In 1963 the break was made: K in Düsseldorf became a special-interest only trade fair of international standing. Since then it has maintained its position as a leading global trade fair for the entire industry. 2019 saw over 220,000 trade visitors from almost 170 nations travel to K on the Rhine River.
The international origin and composition of exhibitors will also guarantee the completeness of the product ranges and a comprehensive overview of the world market at the upcoming K in autumn. Nowhere else will they find such a wealth of innovations, and no other trade show will provide such a variety of impulses for the future of the global plastics and rubber industry.
Event's own microsite: immerse yourself in 70 years of K in Düsseldorf
Before K 2022 even opens its doors, there is already an opportunity to get in the mood for the trade show's anniversary. We are celebrating K with its own microsite, inviting you to delve into seven decades of K history and to smile and marvel at historical photos and stories. Embark on a travel through time with us at https://70years.k-online.de/en
And if you like to share your own personal K story with us, anecdotes, encounters, funny or astonishing things, please feel free! Get in touch with our press team or use the hashtag #70YearsK on LinkedIn.
'K' in Düsseldorf is the most relevant global meeting point for the plastics and rubber industries bringing together exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world every three years. There is no other trade fair allowing such a broad-based array of developments, solutions and trends to be experienced in a direct, international comparison and no other offering the opportunity to discuss these with experts in this way. The diversity and international origin of the companies ensure that such topical issues in the sector as digitalisation and the circular economy are addressed in as great a depth as the special segments.
In 2022 the world's leading suppliers of products and services from the plastics and rubber industries will again be expected as exhibitors.
K-MAG, the online magazine of the world's leading and most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry. News, opinions, pictures, films, interviews and much more from and for the global K community. Because K sees itself as a global communicator for innovations and trending topics. Not only every three years with THE live event of the plastics and rubber industry in Düsseldorf. The K-MAG is a continuous information and inspiration platform for the industry. It’s more than a trade fair – it’s a channel of communication. According to this principle, we offer informative and interactive exchange on industry-relevant topics.