The joy of the plastics and rubber industry at finally being able to exchange ideas in person on a global level again after three years characterised K 2022 Düsseldorf and ensured an excellent mood among the 3,037 exhibitors. The companies reported extraordinarily good leads and a marked willingness to invest among trade visitors, mentioning promising new customer relations and the conclusion of numerous, in part, spontaneous business deals. "K 2022 in Düsseldorf continues to be the most international, complete and innovative trade fair of the global plastics and rubber industry," says Erhard Wienkamp, managing director at Messe Düsseldorf. 176,000 trade visitors from all continents travelled to their most relevant sectoral event in Düsseldorf.
„K 2022 was the ideal place to jointly and actively chart the course for the future“
At over 70%, the proportion of international guests at K 2022 remained at a constantly high level. The trade visitors travelled from 157 nations to the Rhine. For around two thirds of all visitors polled, machinery and plant construction ranked first in terms of interest. 57%, and hence 5% more than at K 2019, said they were interested in raw and auxiliary materials, with recyclates and bioplastics being particularly popular. For 28%, semi-finished products and technical parts made of plastics and rubber were the main reason for coming (multiple responses possible). Over 70% of all visitors come from top and middle management. 98% of all professionals stated they had fully achieved the goals associated with their visit. During the eight trade fair days it became clear that this year's K was right on target with its selection of hot topics, circular economy, climate protection and digitalisation. "Especially now in turbulent times and where the plastics industry is undergoing transformation towards the circular economy, K 2022 was the ideal place to jointly and actively chart the course for the future," sums up Ulrich Reifenhäuser, chairman of the exhibitor advisory board.
The next K Düsseldorf will be held from October 8 to 15, 2025.