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Renewable energies, resource-saving processes, climate neutrality – major
challenges need to be overcome.  These global tasks require creative minds,
innovative technologies and high-performance materials. From October 19 –
26, 2022 the international plastics and rubber industry will meet at K 2022
in Düsseldorf, Germany to present their contributions for a solution. As the
world’s most relevant trade fair for the sector and industrial applications,
K will address  the key trends and topics of the future, giving the industry
new  guidance especially in these challenging times. It will be the
innovation and business platform for raw material producers, manufacturers
of plastics and rubber machinery and processing companies as well as an
indispensable information and networking platform for the most important
user segments.

K 2022 will also offer the plastics and rubber industries ideal
conditions for discussing and actively tackling current challenges on a
global level, with a focus on solutions. This is also evident by the three
leading themes of K 2022: climate protection, circular economy and
digitalization. These topics, which will have a lasting impact on the
development of the plastics and rubber world in the coming years, will be
addressed by the exhibitors’ displays as well as in the official special
show “Plastics Shape the Future”, the Circular Economy Forum and the Science
Campus at the trade show.

Highly qualified support for shaping the key themes will be provided by a
high-ranking panel of experts – the K 2022 Scientific Council. This council
already met in July and November 2021 in order to elicit the most important
aspects of the individual key themes, formulate current and forward-looking
issues, and set the course for implementation at the trade show.

Members of the K 2022 Scientific Council:

Prof. Dr. – Ing. Christian Bonten, University of Stuttgart, Head of the
Institute for Plastics Technology (IKT)

Prof. Dr. – Ing. Hans-Josef Endres, Leibnitz University Hannover, Institute
for Plastics and Circular Technology

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Giese, German Institute for Rubber Technology (DIK)
Hannover, Executive Board

Univ. – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, RWTH Aachen, Head of the Institute
for Plastics Processing

Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Reinhold W. Lang, Johannes Kepler
University Linz, Institute for Polymer Materials and Testing

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Rieger, TU München, WACKER-Chair for
Macro-molecular Chemistry

Prof. Dr. – Ing. Alois K. Schlarb, Technical University of Kaiserslautern,
Chair for Composites

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt, University Bayreuth, Chair for
Macro-molecular Chemistry I

The scientists have already developed a comprehensive list of aspects to
be considered. This includes recycling of composites, standardization of
recyclates, microparticles in the environment, biodegradable plastics, CO2
as a polymer component, digital markers, digitalization as an enabler for
circular economy, lightweight construction and e-mobility.

In addition to focusing on the key themes, the K 2022 Scientific Council
also explicitly supports measures to promote young talent in the plastics
and rubber industry.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at  K 2022, contact
Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Visit

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