The K exhibition, which takes place next month in Dusseldorf between 19 and 26 October, will provide a showcase for more than 3,100 companies presenting polymer materials, processing equipment and services from around the world.
Main trends featuring at this year's show will be Industry 4.0, zero-defect production and lightweighting engineering.
Many machinery companies will have the number 4.0 highly visible on their stands at K 2016, as they push their solutions for ‘smart' factories. The use of digital equipment alongside production processes, also called ‘Industry 4.0', allows plastics processors to analyse data from their own production in order to collect information and practical intelligence from their processes. At this year's K, machine and software manufacturers have also gone to impressive lengths to offer attractive products for plastics processors.
Meanwhile, material producers and distributors will be showcasing how collaboration and technology sharing has spawned new materials and applications for various sectors.
Applications from various sectors including the automotive, packaging, construction, medical and electronics will exhibited during the eight-day show, demonstrating developments in enhancing product consistency, processability and aesthetics.
There will be strong contingent of nearly 100 companies from the UK, some taking stands themselves, while others will be represented by their foreign-owned parent companies.
The two British Pavilions, organised by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) will be split between materials in Hall 5 and machinery in Hall 12. Profiles of all UK exhibitors, as well as their stand numbers, can be viewed on a website which the BPF is putting together to promote the K Group: www.2016.co.uk, and in a printed guide which will be distributed during the show.
The BPF has worked closely with UK's Department for International Trade which provided more than 30 grants of £1,500 to offset some of the costs of exhibiting at K.
At the exhibition, the BPF stand will be located in the British Pavilion in Hall 5, A28 which will work as a central stage for the promotion of the UK industry.
BPF director-general Philip Law, says: “The BPF has a long history of supporting British exhibitors at foreign trade shows and has been organising the British presence at K since the 1950s. We are delighted to be organising the British Pavilion once again, as exhibiting at foreign trade shows remains one of the most effective ways for companies to meet new customers and strengthen existing business links.”