Düsseldorf, Germany — About 176,000 visitors came to K 2022, which was a drop of about 21 percent compared with the last show in 2019.
Show organizers were happy nonetheless, with both the quantity and quality of visitors. Prior to the show, officials had said they didn't really know what attendance numbers to expect in this first major international plastics show since the start of the COVID pandemic.
"We had a very, very intense trade fair," said Ulrich Reifenhäuser, chairman of the exhibitor advisory board, at the fair's closing news conference on Oct. 26. "The only thing for me to do is grin."
Reifenhäuser said the global plastics industry was "eager to present" all the new technology that exhibitors have been developing through three years of pandemic lockdowns, and attendees were enthusiastic to attend in person.
"There was a lot to present," Reifenhäuser said, adding: "We have so much work to do now. So many projects to draw up. It will keep us more than busy for the next few months."
Erhard Wienkamp, managing director at Messe Düsseldorf, added: "K in Düsseldorf has once again fulfilled the highest expectations. It continues to be the most international, complete and innovative trade fair of the global plastics and rubber industry.
"The trade fair has impressively demonstrated just how valuable face-to-face networking, chance meetings and physical brand and product experiences are," Weinkamp added.
Messe Düsseldorf also announced the dates for the next K show: Oct. 8-15, 2025.
K is held every three years. The 2022 show marked the 70th anniversary.