25th International Fair of Plastics and Rubber Processing PLASTPOL
About the event
Injection molding machines, extruders for plastics and granules at the Plastpol fair
Almost 6,000 visitors, 300 exhibitors from 22 countries and over 4,000 m2 of exhibition space. This is the figures for this year's September edition of the PLASTPOL Plastics and Rubber Processing Fair. It was the jubilee, 25th edition of the event organized by Targi Kielce.
- In last year's, pandemic, and therefore very modest edition of Plastpol, we were surprised by the positive reception among the exhibitors. During the interviews, they mentioned that due to the situation at the fair, only serious interlocutors from the industry appeared with specific offers. I think it will be the same this year, especially since the 2021 edition is twice as large as the previous one - stated the president of Targi Kielce, Andrzej Mochoń.
Companies from all over the world presented themselves in the exhibition halls of the Targi Kielce, offering a wide range of machines used in the processing industry, including the latest injection molding machines, extruders for plastics, foil extruders, single-screw extruders, as well as machines for processing granules. New varieties of polyethylene granules and polypropylene granules were also presented.
The plastics industry is still strong
The fair was started by a press conference of the PlasticsEurope Polska Association. During the meeting, an analysis of the plastics processing market in Europe and in the world was presented. Experts from the association also shared their conclusions and opinions on the future of the industry.
As Anna Kozera-Szałkowska, Managing Director of the PlasticsEurope Polska Foundation emphasizes, the pandemic has not changed the main European and global priorities, including the most important one - preventing climate change, which is to be helped by a zero-emission economy and closing the circulation of raw materials. The legislative agenda of the past several months has remained tense, and the New Circular Economy Action Plan announced at the beginning of last year has additionally strengthened some aspects related to environmental protection, including plastics.
According to the report of the PlasticsEurope Polska Foundation, the plastics industry in Poland has shown resistance to the pandemic - jobs have been maintained, the demand for plastics has increased, estimated at 3.7 million tonnes in 2020. The available data on the activity of the industry in 2021 indicate a continuation of the dynamic growth started in Q4 2020. Despite the problems with the availability of plastics, which is a reflection of the global situation, the rubber and plastic manufacturing sector shows clear increases in sold production in relation to the pre-pandemic period. This suggests that 2021 will be no worse for the plastics industry in Poland than last year. The full report is now available on the PlasticsEurope Polska website.
The Waste Management and Recycling Cluster organized a free conference, during which experts focused on plastics and innovations aimed at closing the circulation of raw materials.
Opening the meeting, dr hab. Joanna Kulczycka prof. AGH, president of the Waste Management and Recycling Cluster, emphasized that entrepreneurs and local governments face many challenges related to waste management and closed-loop economy. At the same time, the President pointed out that there is still no appropriate division of competences and knowledge of what a circular economy is.
- The circular economy is one of the components of the Green Deal. The solutions proposed by the European Commission are WIN-WIN solutions, says the president of the Waste Management and Recycling Cluster.
Therefore, economically viable solutions were sought that would simultaneously reduce the so-called resource intensity. - Over 50% of the impact on climate change related to the consumption of raw materials is attributable to coal, oil, cement, chemical raw materials, iron and steel ores, milk and animal husbandry - says Dr. Joanna Kulczycka prof. AGH - Over 70% of this impact is food consumption, heating and private transport.
The Green Deal in circular economy assumes the creation of business models where the link between the waste creator and the recycler will be strong and the cycle will be closed. A collaborative economic symbiosis is a very important aspect. Plastics are treated as a priority by the European Commission.
The plastics industry is a driving force of the economy
On the second day of the Trade Fair, Plastech – INFO organized a technical seminar "Plastics processing technologies as a driving force for industry development". The seminar was devoted to the needs of promotion and increasing knowledge about the industry.
On the occasion of this year's Fair, the organizers prepared, in cooperation with the TWORZYWA quarterly, the GAZETA PLASTPOL magazine. The magazine contains all the most important information about the event as well as articles dedicated to the plastics and rubber industry. The virtual version of the periodical is available on the website of the fair event.
The exhibitors will include representatives of countries such as: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Malaysia, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.