Only a few more weeks until the first major international presence event for the entire plastics industry in Germany: the 27th Fakuma – International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing – will open its doors in Friedrichshafen from October 12 to 16, 2021. In addition to the topics of injection molding, extrusion technology, thermoforming and 3D printing, the industry highlight will also be devoted above all to the digital transformation and sustainable, production-efficient plastics processing.

“Fakuma as a business platform for innovations along the value chains is the ideal place to present new products and technological solutions as well as to discuss forward-looking issues.” This greeting to all exhibitors and trade visitors is sent by Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Member of the State Parliament and Minister for Economics, Labor and Tourism of the State of Baden-Württemberg. “Fakuma 2021 is characterized by change. It is no coincidence that the Circular Economy is one of the main themes of this year’s trade fair. The industry now has the chance to present the indispensability of plastic products against the background of sustainability and resource conservation. But the circular economy is much more than recycling and reuse. The development of new business models or the optimization of product design at companies will also become increasingly important.”

Inspiring presence event at Lake Constance

Fakuma, which will be held in Friedrichshafen from October 12 to 16, 2021, will be the first major attendance event for the plastics industry in Germany this year. Many companies are preparing for their trade show appearances in Friedrichshafen and are looking forward to exchanging ideas live and in person about digital, sustainable and production-efficient plastics processing. “Fakuma traditionally has great significance for us,” says Juliane Hehl, managing partner at Arburg. “The visit to Arburg will certainly be an experience and will be remembered by the trade audience. Because we show with a lot of pioneering spirit and targeted strategy how plastic parts can be produced competitively, sustainably and digitally networked today and tomorrow.”

Many traditional world market leaders have used the crisis to drive innovation and will be presenting their innovations in Friedrichshafen. “The trend toward digitalization has accelerated. Concepts for building a circular economy for plastic products have been developed across companies. Every crisis also has its opportunity, and many clever minds have seized it,” states Sandra Füllsack, Managing Director of Motan Holding GmbH and spokesperson for the Fakuma Exhibitor Advisory Board.

Practical relevance with high professional competence in a familiar atmosphere

Thus, preparations for Fakuma 2021 are in full swing. The world’s leading trade event in injection molding is expected to be the industry and technology barometer for extrusion, thermoforming and 3D printing. Fakuma combines practical relevance with a high level of professional competence in a familiar atmosphere – this makes it a unique and highly valued industry event, favored also by its advantageous location in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in the border triangle of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trade show will show that cost-effectiveness and sustainability do not have to be mutually exclusive – on the contrary, it will become clear that the quality of the products and the efficiency of processing are increasing with the progress of automation. Conserving resources also means saving energy and thus costs.

Protection and hygiene concept for safe trade fair operations

The transformation to the Circular Economy will be discussed at Fakuma on various levels. To ensure that trade fair activities run smoothly and are safe and efficient for everyone involved, Messe Friedrichshafen has drawn up an up-to-date hygiene concept that has been fully coordinated with the authorities and is based on the generally applicable Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

“As trade fair promoters, we fully follow this protection and hygiene concept of Messe Friedrichshafen,” says Bettina Schall, Managing Director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. “We look forward to seeing our exhibitors and trade visitors again!”