This week, most of the Plastics News staff is in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the Fakuma trade show, and it all feels a bit odd.
Until a couple of weeks ago, I kept expecting a sudden announcement that it would be cancelled or postponed. And yet, it's on, and so are daily issues of Plastics News (and Sustainable Plastics) for three days this week. Watch your email to grab a digital edition if you won't be there in person.
What do we expect? Based on smaller events that have taken place in the past few months, such as Plastec West in Anaheim, Calif., in August, attendance will probably be down. Company booths may be smaller and have fewer representatives there each day, concentrating on "quality rather than quantity" sales leads.
But there will also be reunions between business contacts who haven't seen each other face to face since the K show in 2019.
If you're there, stop by and see us. PN will have a booth in Hall FW (Booth FW-65) and our reporters will be making the rounds of the show floor.