Plastpol Poland: Leading plastics show celebrates 20th anniversary

Author / Editor: Barbara Schulz / Barbara Schulz

Poland - The leading trade fair for the Central and Eastern European plastics industry, Plastpol, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. From 17 to 20 May 2016, business professionals from various sectors of the plastics and rubber processing industry will gather in Kielce, Poland, to view the latest innovations.

From 17 to 20 May 2016, Kielce, Poland, will be the place to be to view the latest innovations in the plastics and rubber processing industry.
From 17 to 20 May 2016, Kielce, Poland, will be the place to be to view the latest innovations in the plastics and rubber processing industry.
(Source: Targi Kielce)

Demand for plastics is on the rise in Poland, so the prospects for the 20th Plastpol look promising. The international fair of plastics and rubber processing will take place from 17 to 20 May 2016 in Kielce in the heart of Poland. Plastpol is the leading trade fair for the plastics industry in the CEE region.

In its anniversary year, the fair anticipates another slight increase in exhibitor numbers, with more than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries expected to showcase their products on the 30,000 m² exhibition area. The fair is a strictly B2B event and attended by more than 18,000 industry representatives as well as the trade press, specialist publishers and industry-related institutions.

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It showcases new and further developments as well as trends in plastics and rubber processing. The majority of the facilities and equipment on display will be presented in operating condition. New moulds and other equipment for plastics processing are another area of focus at the fair. Traditionally, a variety of product groups relating to industrial design, packaging, patterning, and recycling will be presented.

The three-day event will be accompanied by a conference and seminar program dealing with current developments and challenges faced by the industry. The fair is once again organising a competition for its exhibitors, with prizes including free participation at the next Plastpol.

According to Kazimierz Borkowski, director of Plastics Europe Polska (the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe), Plastpol is “a good indicator for current opportunities and challenges of the Polish industry.” In terms of numbers, the Polish industry has been performing very well for a long time now, he said.

Demand for plastics increasing

The country is currently number six in the European plastics market behind Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the UK. According to Plastics Europe, demand for plastics in Poland has been increasing for several years now. Long-term analyses show that the Polish industry enjoys stable growth despite the crisis of 2008/09. Production in Poland has tripled in the last 15 years. In 2014 alone, demand in the plastics sector increased by 7% compared to the previous year, according to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (CIS). This trend continued in the first three quarters of 2015 with a growth rate of almost 5%.

“The plastics industry is a key contributor to the re-industrialisation of Europe due to its knock-on effect on other key areas of the economy,” said Karl-H. Foerster, executive director of Plastics Europe. “This industry has a multiplier effect of almost 2.4 in the wider economy, that is, €100 GDP in the Italian plastics supply chain generates €238 of GDP in the national economy and for every job created in the plastics sector almost three additional jobs are created in the wider economy."

The business sector’s optimism and dynamics were already demonstrated by exhibitors at the last edition, the 19th International Fair of Plastics and Rubber Processing. According to the organisers, it is one of Europe’s most important exhibitions of plastics processing. The trade show brought together 800 companies from 30 countries worldwide and reportedly attracted some 18,000 visitors. In this part of Europe, Targi Kielce is just the best place to see and to become familiar with cutting-edge technologies.

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For the 2014 show, the exhibition grounds had been modernised and expanded. For example, a new congress centre for 1,000 people, a multi-storey car park with 500 spaces, the west side entry terminal and improved access from the roads to Krakow, Warsaw and Lodz were all added.

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