On 22 October 2020, the first meeting of the exhibitors’ advisory board marked the kick-off to the next “K” in Düsseldorf, Germany, to be held from 19 – 26 October 2022. The body of experts has met to chart the course for the most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries worldwide and to enter into the concrete planning stage. The exhibitors’ advisory board supports Messe Düsseldorf in the preparations for K 2022 and provides consulting on basic conceptual and organisational issues. Here particular attention is paid to considering current developments as well as to the global economy and the discussion of forward-looking trends and technologies.
The advisory board of “K 2022” is composed of representatives from the exhibiting industries and leading trade associations. It mirrors the complete spectrum of ranges represented at “K” in Düsseldorf, mechanical and plant engineering, raw and auxiliary materials as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products.
Acting as the Chairman for the exhibitors’ advisory board again will be Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Managing Partner of the mechanical engineering company of the same name and Chairman of VDMA’s Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association. The communications committee of “K 2022” will be headed by Thorsten Kühmann, Managing Director of VDMA’s Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association. Alongside them, the exhibitors’ advisory board of K 2022 includes the following members:
- Marc Gregor Baier, BBP Kunststoffwerk Marbach Baier GmbH
- Michael Baumeister, Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
- Siamak Djafarian, Röhm GmbH
- Boris Engelhardt, wdk – Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie e. V.
- Dr. Guiscard Glück, BASF SE
- Manfred Hackl, EREMA Engineering Recycling
- Juliane Hehl, Arburg GmbH & Co. KG
- Vedran Kujundzic, Borealis AG
- Matthias Lesch, Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG
- Dr. Ulrich Liman, Covestro Deutschland AG
- Dr. Oliver Möllenstädt, GKV Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e. V.
- Klaus-Uwe Reiß, Pro-K
- Dr. Michael Ruf, KraussMaffei Group GmbH
- Dr. Ingo Sartorius, PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V.
- Dr. Christoph Steger, Engel Holding GmbH
- Peter Steinbeck, Windmöller & Hölscher KG
- Pascal Streiff, Euromap
According to Messe Düsseldorf, “K” in Düsseldorf is the most relevant global meeting point for the plastics and rubber industries bringing together exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world every three years. There is no other trade fair allowing such a broad-based array of developments, solutions and trends to be experienced in a direct, international comparison and no other offering the opportunity to discuss these with experts in this way, said the organiser. The diversity and international origin of the companies ensure that such topical issues in the sector as digitalisation and the circular economy are addressed in as great a depth as the special segments. In 2022 the world’s leading suppliers of products and services from the plastics and rubber industries will again be expected as exhibitors. The invitations to exhibitors will be sent out in early 2021, said Messe Düsseldorf.
At Messe Düsseldorf responsibilities have changed over the past few months but the familiar faces will be around for ‘K’ in Düsseldorf: Erhard Wienkamp, acting as an Executive Director at Messe Düsseldorf since 2002, was appointed Managing Director of Operative Trade Fair Business at Messe Düsseldorf in late 2019. Petra Cullmann took office as a new Executive Director in July 2020 and therefore forms part of the Board of Managing Directors at Messe Düsseldorf. The position of Project Director for the Portfolio Plastics & Rubber was filled by Thomas Franken, who is also thoroughly familiar with the industry as a long-standing member of the K team