BPF urges UK plastics firms to book 'K' space

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The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has sent out an appeal for UK companies thinking about booking stand space at next year’s K show in Germany to 'get a move on'.

The deadline for companies wanting to show off their wares at K, being held in Dusseldorf from 16 October to 23 October 2013, is the end of May this year.

The BPF is co-ordinating a ‘British pavilion’, where companies can book what the trade body describes as “reasonably large stands”, in Halls 5 (materials) and 12 (machinery).

It is also overseeing a ‘UK Village’, which will comprise of smaller stands of 6 square metres focused around a shared meeting area and be attached to the British pavilion space in Hall 12.

K is the largest plastics trade event in the world and next year’s show is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

The last K show featured 3,094 exhibitors including 103 from the UK, some of whom took their own space while others took part under the BPF-led UK Pavilion.

PRW recently reported that the number of UK companies showing interest in exhibiting at next year’s K was believed to be down by two thirds, suggesting at that point that around 35 firms had signed up to attend.

However the BPF said it was on track to fill the spaces it was providing.

The BPF said companies could apply to the UK’s trade and investment body, (UKT&I) for a grant to help cover the cost of attending.

Prices for stand space range between €225 and €250 per square metre, while the BPF provides two stand packages, priced at £94 or £108.5 per square metre.

Further details and how to apply for a UKT&I grant can be found at the BPF's website, www.bpf.co.uk.