K 2016, the international plastics and rubber industry reportedly welcomed 230,000 trade visitors and 3,285 exhibitors over its eight days. The event, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, reported 40% of all foreign visitors hailing from overseas from places such as Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Oman, Madagascar, Mauritius, Surinam and Togo. Experts from Asia accounted for the largest group among foreign guests and 30,000 experts came from South, East and Central Asia. Guests from India again constituted the biggest group but the number of visitors from China, South Korea and Iran also rose significantly.

For visitors from the neighbouring European countries Italy dominated with over 10,000 visitors followed by the Netherlands (some 9,500), France (some 6,700), Belgium (some 6,300), Spain and Poland (some 5,000 each).

'Just the sheer number of experts visiting K 2016 impressively confirm the appeal and importance of the trade fair – since this number is once again clearly higher than at the previous event in 2013,’ said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. However, what is more important: the breakdown of trade visitors was of an exceedingly high standard. We can register a constantly good level of demand from Germany and a disproportionately high level of interest from abroad, especially from overseas.’

The previous event in 2013 was attended by 218,000 visitors and 3,220 exhibitors. The next K in Düsseldorf will take place from 16 to 23 October 2019.

This story is reprinted from material from K, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.