Düsseldorf, Germany — There's a pair of claw machines on one side of the rather large Covestro AG booth during K 2019, and it was a happy place for little Milena Schaefers.
Five-year-old Milena was just one of a string of children finding their way to the machines, along with their fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers on Oct. 20.
The claw machines, set up for all of the K 2019 show, which ends Oct. 23, were getting an especially strong workout as folks from around the world descended on Messe Düsseldorf for family day at the show.
This was not your typical trade fair crowd. Sure, there were plenty of business suits walking past, paying no mind to what was going on.
But for some of the crowd, the day was about more than profit margins or chemical formulations or cycle times.
Grandparents and parents who may be captains of industry during the week were instead negotiating with little ones who gave no regard to business ranking. Toddlers toddled, children scurried and teens had time to start thinking about whether they want to pursue a career in plastics.