New 3-D printers, plastic owls, painted ladies, film extruders, design innovations, altbier, new business partners and miles of exhibit floor under my feet.
Those and scores of other images are seared into my brain after eight days in Düsseldorf. I am happy to report that I not only survived my first K show, but I came away impressed with the health of the plastics industry and the expanding nature of the business. The only gray skies at K were the ones in view out the window.
Depending on whom I spoke to, business is booming in Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, China, Thailand, Russia, Germany and on and on. And where it is not booming (Dubai, Africa), companies are keen to expand. Growth potential, one called it.
We all know that the general business climate in the States can vary from modest optimism to trepidation. Well, downright giddiness was on display in all 17 exhibit halls in Düsseldorf. The investments resin producers and machinery makers have made in the now and in the future foretell good news for those who live and breathe plastic.
That pace can sometimes come at the expense of truly acknowledging our customers.
Therefore, let me make sure that ours know how much
they mean to us.
Also, our U.K. office produced Design Chain @ K in cooperation with many sponsors and the blessing of Messe Düsseldorf. The much sought-after design community gathered to share ideas on everything from biocomposites to making design critical to a brand. Thanks to all who attended.
While we'll all take a breath post-K, we do so knowing that opportunity awaits each of us in the plastics field. One need only look at K for the exclamation point on the industry's positive vibe!
Lafferty (firstname.lastname@example.org) is publisher of Plastics News.