24th Fakuma Lives up to its Reputation
Exhibitors, organizer P.E. Schall GmbH and expert visitors alike were happy with the course of events during this year's Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing. The trade show was held from 13 to 17 October 2015, as usual at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre on Lake Constance, and once again lived up to its reputation as a pulsating global centre for plastics processing.
With exactly 1,780 exhibitors from 38 countries and overall exhibition floor space amounting to 915,000 square feet, this year’s Fakuma was the global industry event in the non-K years and attracted a total of 45,721 expert visitors from 120 countries. Fakuma was more international than ever and is generating hope within the industry sector that the good business conditions experienced in 2014 and 2015 (4% sale growth for German manufacturers in 2015) will persist in 2016 a well (growth forecast: 2%). Decisive in this respect is fact that the Western European markets are demonstrating stronger than expected development, in particular in Spain, Portugal and Italy, as is also the case in the USA, whereas in South America and Eastern Europe (especially Russia) crucial declines are being registered and the booming growth rates in Southeast Asia are now a thing of the past.
Not least of all, this leads to a situations in which Asian manufacturers and distributors are venturing out into world markets to an ever greater extent, which explains the increased percentage of Asian exhibitors at this year’s Fakuma. The established exhibitors – manufacturers and distributors – view the increasing number of competitors unperturbedly in keeping with the maxim: “competition stimulates business” – especially in light of the fact that Fakuma, which is also experiencing strong growth in the number of expert visitors from foreign countries near and far, is evolving more and more into a globally esteemed business platform at which many exhibitors report having conducted concrete business transactions.
And thus the exhibitors are very satisfied with the visitor numbers, praise the quantity and above all the quality of the meetings and RFQs, and indicate that to a given degree the high expectations have even been exceeded. The same applies to the active participants and speakers at the Fakuma exhibitor forum, which was able to book record-breaking participation in 2015 with 37 presentations.
Next year Fakuma will take a timeout and clear the path for the 2016 edition of K in Düsseldorf, Fakuma will again take place at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre from the 17th through the 21st of October, 2017.
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