K 2022 is all set to meet the industry after three years

Themes for the event are climate protection, circular economy, and digitalization

Screenshot from K 2019 tradeshow. Photo: Official website of K
Screenshot from K 2019 tradeshow. Photo: Official website of K

K 2022, the go-to event for plastics and rubber, is scheduled to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October 2022. Exhibitors from around the world visit K in Düsseldorf – the most relevant meeting point for the entire industry worldwide – to demonstrate their operational excellence and actively chart the course for the future, together with visitors. This time, approximately 3,000 exhibitors from 61 countries will occupy the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center in its entirety.

At K 2022, the three declared guiding themes are – climate protection, circular economy, and digitalization. Exhibitors from diverse countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France, China, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Japan will update the industry about new innovations.

Packaging South Asia spoke with some Indian exhibitors to keep our readers updated about K 2022.

Kalpvrux Converting at K 2022 – Hall 3, Stand G82

Neelesh K Patel from Kalpvrux Converting Products said the company would showcase the Perfector i 600 Dual Turret Slitter Rewinder that runs at a speed of 800 m/min in Hall 3 at Stand G82. This will be the company’s second visit to K. “It has been a long time since the last trade show. We expect a good footfall of customers from South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. It would be a great meeting platform to meet our existing customers and prospects,” Patel said.

Perfector i Dual Turret Slitter Rewinder. Photo: Kalpvrux Converting
Perfector i Dual Turret Slitter Rewinder.
Photo: Kalpvrux Converting

SP Ultraflex at K 2022 – Hall 4, Stand B10

On the other hand, Biku Kohli, managing director, SP Ultraflex Systems, says that they won’t display their machines as they have not been given enough space for display. The team will be present at Hall 4, Stand B10 and update the visitors about the new features of the existing range of machines and the new launches. This will be their second time at K.

Roboslit dual turret slitter rewinder at TCPL's Silvassa plant. Photo: SP Ultraflex
Roboslit dual turret slitter rewinder at TCPL’s Silvassa plant.
Photo: SP Ultraflex

Speaking about the challenges they faced during the Covid period, Kohli said, “More than anything else, the pandemic severely restricted the opportunities for technology leaders such as SP Ultraflex in keeping the industry updated about developments. If anything, our expectations are much higher than normal times because we have a lot to share. In addition, the industry put off their decisions on capital investments for quite some time, and I am sure they are waiting to break loose.”

Acme Rolltech at K 2022 – Hall 11, Stand A51

Sandeep Sharma, director at Acme Rolltech, says this is for the first time the company will participate at K, where they will display their speciality coating application roll, which can work on different special applications such as PVDC coating, primer coating, acrylic coating, lacquer coating, silicon coating, adhesive coating, barrier coating, at Hall 11, Stand A51. They will also display the lightweight anilox sleeves used in CI flexo machines for printing flexible packaging.

Gallus ECS 340 Anilox Sleeve. Photo: Acme Rolltech
Gallus ECS 340 Anilox Sleeve.
Photo: Acme Rolltech

On their expectations from the event, Sharma says, “As we are working with most of the film coating lines and CI flexo customers in India, we want to take this to the global stage. The K show is the perfect platform for us to showcase capabilities and Made in India anilox rolls and sleeves. We are expecting a good footfall of customers from across the globe as K is the biggest show for the flexible packaging industry, and it is happening after three years. We are waiting to meet our industry peers and witness the latest developments in the field of films and packaging industry.”

Kabra Extrusiontechnik at K 2022 – Hall 12, Stand C-69

Sunil Daniel, general manager – Export Marketing, Kabra Extrusiontechnik, confirms that the Kabra team will show their presence at Stand C-69 in Hall 12. At the tradeshow, the company will talk about its extruders and showcase its extruders named twinEx 114-34 PVC pipe extruder and solEx NG 60-40 HDPE pipe Extruder, and MSA 50-250 socket machine.

One of the extruder from Kabra Extrusiontechnik. Photo: Kabra Extrusiontechnik
One of the extruders from Kabra Extrusiontechnik.
Photo: Kabra Extrusiontechnik

The company comments for K Show, “It is a great opportunity for one-to-one interaction with industry top players after a long gap due to the pandemic. This is also an opportunity to showcase our developments in R&D for our esteemed customers. We expect that market will open up with increased demand in the coming times. Expected to get a good footfall in the show.”

Packaging South Asia will take part in K 2022. Our magazines will be distributed at the trade show. Contact Mohit Tyagi(ads5@ippgroup.in) for advertising inquiries for the next issue.

Packaging South Asia’s Editor, Naresh Khanna, and Associate Editor, Shardul Sharma, will cover K 2022. They can be reached through the TeamIndia@K WhatsApp group. Interested persons can join the WhatsApp group by sending their name, phone number, and company name to edit8@ippgroup.in.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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