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K 2022 to probe into solutions for climate protection and digitalizati…

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K 2022 to probe into solutions for climate protection and digitalization

K 2022, the world’s leading information and business platform of the global plastics and rubber industry, will be taking place from 19-26 October at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany. The trade fair will house around 3,000 exhibitors from 61 countries and regions.

According to Messe Düsseldorf, the show organizer, the guiding themes of the trade fair for this year are climate protection, circular economy and climate protection.

The open exchange and dialogue on solutions-oriented innovations and sustainable developments across national borders and continents are also in focus.

Suppliers from Europe, especially Germany, Italy, Austria, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France, as well as the U.S. are particularly well represented again.


K 2022 will house some 3,000 exhibitors from 61 countries and regions.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, the number and presentation space of exhibitors from Asia remains high. In particular, some 300 Chinese exhibitors occupy 10,000sqm of exhibition area, surpassing K 2019 and underlining the importance of K among leading Chinese companies.

It's worth mentioning that due to pandemic protection, the Centre has been equipped with HEPA filters, which remove 99.9% of viruses and bacteria from the air. Other voluntary hygiene measures are also adopted to provide a safe exhibition environment.

Specials for deeper interactions

Plastics shape the future

The seven-day event offers opportunities for inspiring presentations and discussions on how the future can be shaped with plastics. In entertaining formats, high-level speakers will share social, economic and technological information around the guiding themes of K 2022.

At the first day of the trade fair, key topics and challenges of the industry will be directly addressed on the K-Forum. It will focus on, for example, the implementation of the results of the “Reshaping Plastics” report presented by the European think tank SystemIQ in April 2022.

The report outlines several scenarios that are supposed to improve the circularity of plastics and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.

The following theme days also focus on the plastics industry’s concrete paths towards greenhouse gas neutrality, or on plastics as enablers of the clean energy transition.

Start-up Zone

The zone is a new area set up at Hall 8b/F35 for young, innovative companies that are taking off into the world of the plastics and rubber industry. Visitors can look forward to the fresh and unusual ideas the start-ups have come up with.

VDMA Circular Economy Forum

At the VDMA Circular Economy Forum on the open-air site, visitors can learn how the circular economy works in practice in the plastics industry.

Throughout ten pavilions, the VDMA and its members, together with their partners, will show their technologies developed to make the closed plastics cycle possible.

These involve the processing of plastic waste and the production of regranulate that is then processed into new products. The digitalization of the processing also plays an important role here.

The VDMA Dome will take the center stage of the forum. It is the meeting place for those who want to learn more about the implementation of circular economy. The installation named “The Machine” will provide an overview of the individual processing steps of the closed cycle.

Here, 40 companies will present their exhibit highlights on the circular economy in video clips, and where these can be found at the fairground. The accompanying showcase will display the plastic products, which are made from recyclate, produced on the machines.

Science Campus

The dedicated forum returns for universities, colleges and scientific institutions to present their latest research for the plastics and rubber industry.

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