K 2016 – October 19-26, 2016

The international plastics and rubber industry has been stood out strongly, largely because of the global growth of this market as far as innovation and consequent creation of added value in the products developed are concerned. The extraordinary economic situation in this sector and the optimistic prospects for the future have characterized the world’s largest industry fair, creating an excellent atmosphere among the 3,285 K 2016 exhibitors in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October.

Fibrenamics International Platform, together with two of its partners, Fibrauto and Sonae, was present in the 2016 edition of K in order to explore this sector and to be acquainted with the innovation opportunities inherent to it. In this perspective, and according to Carlos Mota, a Fibrenamics researcher at this event, “Fibrenamics had the opportunity to get acquainted with one of the world’s largest events on “plastic” thermoplastics (materials / processes / products), extremely important  for the projects we have carried out, in which we reinforce thermoplastic matrices with fibres. “

Energy, materials and resource efficiency were the major themes highlighted in the K 2016 edition, with special emphasis on materials and solutions for the automotive industry as well as for the plastic recycling ones.

With this participation, Fibrenamics was able to be in direct contact with raw materials and more advanced processes, having become aware of:  a great progress in the properties and availability of biodegradable plastics without environmental impact at the end of the life cycle and in the properties of Thermoplastic raw materials; quite a great evolution in the process of additivation to lower the melting point of the thermoplastic, which is considered a large advance for its compatibility with the natural fibres and for the increase of the energy efficiency in the process of transformation; the presentation of plentiful additives to meet increasingly better the specifications of the market; a clear bet on equipment for recycling plastics; a greater number of suppliers of recycled plastic raw materials; a pronounced development in customized procedures for the processing of small series of “compression molding”; and a complete automation with robots in large-scale “injection” processing lines.

“The participation in the K2016 was, for sure, a great source of knowledge and important contacts, which will be reflected in the R & D projects we are carrying and will be carrying out”, concludes Carlos Mota.

The K2016 was attended by 230,000 participants from 160 countries, most of them from the construction, automotive, packaging, electricity / electronics, medical technology and agriculture sectors.

The next edition of this fair will take place from October 16 to 23, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

K 2016