From October 11-19, 1952, the inaugural edition of the K took place in Düsseldorf/Germany. At that time nobody suspected this event only just taking off would develop into the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry.
For K 2022 from October 19-26, around 3,000 exhibitors from 61 nations are expected and the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre is completely booked.
The debut event “Wunder der Kunststoffe” (Miracles of Plastics) in 1952 registered 270 exhibiting companies exclusively from Germany. 165,000 visitors marveled especially at the colorful consumer goods exhibited by plastics processors, because from 1952 to 1959 K Düsseldorf was purely a showcase of the German industry. Any interested visitor, be it a layman or specialist, were admitted to visit the trade fair. Major attractions on show were, among others, trendy PVC raincoats or sheer nylon stockings - aesthetic epitomes of the economic miracle.
The more the plastics industry specialized and high-tech plastics for special solutions in electronics, medicine, automotive or aerospace attracted attention beyond standard polymers, the more specialists visited the trade fair. In 1963 the K in Düsseldorf became a special-interest only trade fair of international standing. Since then it has maintained its position as a leading global trade fair for the entire industry. 2019 saw over 220,000 trade visitors from almost 170 nations travel to the K.
The K now has its own microsite [LINK: https://70years.k-online.de/en] and invites people to immerse themselves in 7 decades of K history and to smile and marvel at historical photos and stories.