More than 200 exhibitors sign up for next year’s plastics shows in Essen

More than 200 companies have already booked stands at four exhibitions focused on plastics recycling, compounding, extrusion and testing, which will take place at Messe Essen in Germany on 3-4 June 2020.

The Plastics Recycling World Expo, Plastics Extrusion World Expo, Compounding World Expo and Polymer Testing World Expo will be free to attend. They will feature five free conference theatres hosting business debates, technical presentations and training seminars. Last year’s debut event in Essen attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

“We already have more exhibitors than we did at our launch event in Germany in 2018, and we still have over nine months to go,” said Andy Beevers, events director at AMI, the organiser of the expos. “The vast majority of exhibitors at the first expos have rebooked their stands, and lots of new names are signing up, having witnessed the size and quality of the audience at Essen last year.”

The 200+ companies that have already reserved stands at the event include leading producers of polymers, additives, compounds and masterbatches, such as BASF, Borealis, Cabot, Chemours, Clariant, Dow, Evonik, ExxonMobil, Gabriel Chemie, Imerys, Mitsui, Omya, Solvay and Wacker. They will be joined at the Essen shows by major waste management and recycling companies from across Europe, including K Kanellakis, Montello, Rodepa, Van Werven, Veolia and Vita Plastics.

Suppliers of plastics compounding, extrusion, recycling and testing equipment will also be very well represented, including companies such as Ametek Atlas Material Testing Technology, Brabender Technologie, Bühler, Coperion, Dynisco, Erema, Farrel Pomini, Gneuss, Konica Minolta, KraussMaffei Extrusion, Leistritz, Maag, Motan Colortronic, NGR, Nordson, Starlinger, Vecoplan, and many more.

“We have extended the available floorspace considerably since last year, but it’s still filling up very fast,” said Rita Andrews, AMI’s head of exhibitions. “For example, 87% of stands in the Plastics Recycling Expo have already been booked, and more than 70% of space in the Compounding World Expo is taken”.

The first Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling Expo took place in Essen, Germany in June 2018. They attracted 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors. This year, the two exhibitions were held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, along with the first Plastics Extrusion World Expo. The three focused shows boasted 261 exhibitors and 4,375 visitors.

The Polymer Testing World Expo will be a new addition to the event in 2020 and will feature its own free-to-attend conference theatre. This will provide a valuable forum for scientists, laboratory staff, and researchers who develop, test and analyse new polymer materials, formulations and products. The exhibition will benefit from the considerable crossover with the other exhibition