The Science Campus at the K 2016 trade fair will feature more space and a growing number of presentations.
The Science Campus debuted at the 2013 show, giving visitors a place learn about scientific activities and findings in the plastics sector, and promoting a knowledge exchange between companies and universities.
K 2016, the world's largest plastics trade show, will take place Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
According to show organizer Messe Düsseldorf, the Science Campus will highlight topics that will have a lasting impact on market development of the sector in the coming years. They include:
• Innovation drivers of global change focusing on resource efficiency.
• Plastics Industry 4.0.
• New materials and lightweight engineering.
• Scientific training in macromolecular chemistry and plastics technology.
“These themes will not only be the focus of the Science Campus at K 2016 but will also be reflected in the presentations of the exhibitors, the special show ‘Plastics Shape the Future' and the Innovation Compass,” the show organizer said in an Aug. 1 news release.
The following participants will be represented at the Science Campus in Hall 7:
• Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Plastics Engineering (ikd).
• Johannes Kepler University, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing, Linz, Austria.
• Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF).
• Chemnitz University of Technology, Cluster of Excellence MERGE, Institute of Lightweight Structures.
• Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK).
• University of Stuttgart, Institute of Polymer Technology (IKT).
• A total of 10 institutes or chairs of macromolecular and technical chemistry.
• Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research with a total of eight institutes.
• Kunststoff-Institut (plastics institute for SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia) (KIMW).
• Beteiligungs- und Kunststoffverwertungsgesellschaft mbH (BKV) – investment and plastics-recycling company.
• EnCO2re – a European innovation programme to enable CO2 re-use by Climate-KIC
• Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) – coordinating institute for renewable materials activities.
• German Chemical Society (GDCh).
• VDI – The Association of German Engineers.
• Scientific Alliance of Plastics Technology (WAK).
K 2016 will host more than 3,000 exhibitors and about 200,000 trade visitors.