K-vibe bodes well for plastics

By Brennan Lafferty
Publisher

Published: October 25, 2013 3:05 pm ET
Updated: October 25, 2013 3:09 pm ET

Perspective Brennan Lafferty

Brennan Lafferty

Related to this story

Topics K 2013, Business News & Features

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.

The CEO of a major equipment supplier shook my hand vigorously and with a broad smile said, "I have to be over there [pointing left] and I have to be over there [pointing right] at the same time. It's going to be a very good day!" Now, there's a man who exemplifies the positive attitude of his peers and the hectic pace of K.

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.

Many thanks to our readers and advertisers who helped make our show dailies a rousing success at K. Editors Don Loepp, David Eldridge and Hamish Champ led our crack team of journalists who cranked out six daily news¬papers that we delivered each morning. A true team effort! Much thanks to the executives who took the time to speak with our reporters so we could bring the latest news to the 225,000 attendees of the world's largest plastics fair, too.

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 (blafferty@crain.com) is publisher of Plastics News.


Comments

K-vibe bodes well for plastics

By Brennan Lafferty
Publisher

Published: October 25, 2013 3:05 pm ET
Updated: October 25, 2013 3:09 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events