PPRC Staff Attends K Show Dusseldorf

Graham Garrett, Alan Clarke, Mark McCourt, and Mark Billham

Graham Garrett, Alan Clarke, Mark McCourt, and Mark Billham

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — Graham Garrett, Alan Clarke, Mark McCourt, and Mark Billham, four members of staff from the Polymer Processing Research Centre based in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering attended the K Show recently in DÜsseldorf. The K show is the world’s biggest plastics trade show and conference, and is hosted by Messe DÜsseldorf GmbH. The show boasts 171,245 sq. metres of exhibition space with 3,320 exhibitors from 59 countries. Based on previous year’s figures, visitor numbers were expected to be in the region of 220,000 from 108 different countries.

The complete plastics world was represented at the show from material suppliers, machinery suppliers, to finished and semi-finished product suppliers. Large global companies through to small family-owned companies were also represented.

A lot of the companies that exhibit at the K Show use it to launch new developments in materials or processing machinery.  A common theme across a lot of these new launches was “Industry 4.0” with remote access, monitoring and control capability being improved so that companies could offer “Industry 4.0 ready” machine and processes.

Another theme at the Show was “Additive Manufacturing” with a number of companies offering 3D printing production machines producing finished products as opposed to prototype only machines.

The Staff, Alan Clarke, Mark McCourt, Mark Billham, and Graham Garrett would be happy to discuss their visit and the “new” processes that they discovered at the K Show in greater detail with any interested party, just contact us via our Polymer Processing Research Centre, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AH, UK.