The recovery in plastics markets this year after the global recession in 2009 is being reflected in a strong showing of exhibitors for the K 2010 trade show in October.
Show organizer Messe Dusseldorf said 2,973 exhibitors from 55 countries had registered for K 2010 as of June 10. In comparison, there were a total of 3,114 exhibitors at K 2007, though the latest 2010 number does not include all exhibitors on shared stands.
Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user, chairman of the K 2010 Exhibitors Council, said: Although it will take some time before we reach 2008 [economic] levels again, current trends are very encouraging for raw material suppliers, machine manufacturers and processors.
At a June 14 news conference in Dusseldorf, Gunter Hilken of plastics group WVK (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Kunststoff) of Bad Homburg, Germany, said: Figures for the first two quarters of 2010 are very encouraging for plastics manufacturers and often better than expected.
He revealed that VDMA's (German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association) medium-term forecast is for an 11 percent sales increase for German plastics and rubber machinery makers in 2010 and again in 2011. This is the first time VDMA has made a medium-term forecast, he said.
Previously, VDMA forecasts were based on incoming orders provided by its member companies, which could only look ahead for the next half-year. To get a longer view, VDMA bases its new forecast on gross domestic product forecasts in the 53 most important export countries for German machine producers.
Hilken revealed another positive indicator, a European production index which, in the first quarter of 2010, was 26.3 for resin production and 8.2 for plastic products, compared with negative numbers in 2009.
Speaking at the news conference, Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Dusseldorf, said: After the hard times in which many companies of the plastics and rubber industry worldwide have had to fight for survival, we share our customers' delight in the satisfying course that the year 2010 has taken to date.
All 19 halls of the exhibition center will be occupied during K 2010, set for Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.
Messe Dusseldorf officials said they recognize the fortunate timing of the K shows, taking place in 2007 before the global recession started, and in 2010 as the recovery gathers pace.
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