A Whole Messe People

If the K Show showed just one thing, it was that the global plastics industry is recovering.

If the K Show showed just one thing, it was that the global plastics industry is recovering. The eight-day show, which concluded Nov. 3 at the Messe Dusseldorf Fair Grounds in Dusseldorf, Germany, pulled in 220,000 attendees from 56 countries. While this was 9% below the '07 show, that's hardly an apples-to-apples comparison, as the industry was peaking three years ago. "It is evident that an investment backlog formed during the global economic and financial crisis (beginning in 2008)," said Ulrich Reifenhauser, managing director of Reifenhauser and Chairman of the Executive Council for K 2010. "Now demand is rising on a global scale and we (are) experiencing overwhelming customer interest in our (markets)." Close to 60% of K Show attendees came from outside Germany, up from '07. About 30,000 visitors came from Asia--a third of those from India.

Some 6,800 attendees came from the U.S./Canada, about the same as last show. By and large, exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada said that those domestic customers who did attend came with serious intentions. Danafilms Inc., Westboro, Mass., purchased a seven-layer barrier version of the five-layer Varex line on display at Windmoeller & Hoelscher's booth. Aaron LaPoint, Danafilms' coextrusion technical manager (far right), said the line will be used to expand the processor's product offering in specialty barrier films. Also pictured from left are Dan Lowdermilk and Alan Simoncini of Danafilms.

 

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