Whether you're ready or not, K 2022 starts three weeks from today.
The event in Düsseldorf, Germany, is billed as the most important plastics trade show in the world, drawing global companies showing the latest updates in materials, molding technology, products and — especially this year — their sustainable practices.
If you've been to past shows, you should already know to pace yourself for a marathon of events from Oct. 19-26.
Extrusion equipment maker Davis-Standard LLC — with a booth in Hall 16 — has updated what it terms "The Ultimate K Show Tool Kit" to help you make it through the event. And much like a running marathon, where the mantra is "nothing new on race day," the Connecticut-based company says: "Do not, under any circumstances, save new shoes for the exhibition. Blister city! You should be breaking in a new pair … now."
A lot of the tips focus on remembering that the show is long, so attendees should give themselves a few nights without any scheduled events so they can catch up on rest. But also remember that the food and drinks are plentiful, so bring a sewing kit in case you need to sew on a popped button if you have a little too much schweinshaxe. (If you don't know what schweinshaxe is, you will by the end of K.)
Also, remember that you'll have limited luggage space to bring home souvenirs from the show.
"You will be tempted by Darth Vader masks, plastic chair parts and other partly or fully built home components. We suggest traveling light and being selective with the cool samples."