Examining Plastics and Rubber at Interplastica 2019

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The 22nd International Trade Fair for plastics and rubber took place in Moscow, Russia, on the 29th of January 2019.

Interplastica, known to be the leading tradeshow for plastic and rubber materials in Russia and Eastern Europe, concluded on February 1st, 2019 and showcased a broad range of new high-tech materials, machinery, products and services from a variety of suppliers.

Last year, the conference attracted approximately 24,900 visitors from over 60 countries, showing the increasing demand for advanced machinery and innovative materials. While 2018 was undoubtedly successful (with 630 exhibitors from 30 of Russia’s neighboring countries), this year the exhibitor list increased to an impressive 723. This gave the thousands of conference visitors plenty of choice for potential investment, as well as opening the opportunity of direct negotiation with suppliers.

According to Interplastica’s event organizers, it was important to highlight products and services from domestic suppliers to improve the plastic and rubber industry, which could “substitute the decline in imports” due to economic turmoil in the region.

The Products

Interplastica 2019 increased the number of exhibits during the 4-day trade fair. There was a wide variety of products and services on display to meet the needs of the many different types of people attending the conference. According to this year’s brochure, the leading industry categories on offer this year were:

  • Machines and equipment for preprocessing and recycling
  • Machinery and plants for processing
  • Post-processing machines
  • Machinery and plants for finishing, decorating, printing and marking
  • Welding machines
  • Molds and dies
  • Peripheral equipment
  • Measuring, control, and testing equipment
  • Parts and components
  • Raw materials and auxiliaries
  • Plastics and rubber products
  • Logistics
  • Services for the plastics and rubber industries

In addition to this, the event was split into two main areas. The ‘Polymer Plaza’ provided a more in-depth look at the plastics, polymers and rubbers industry. The ‘3D fab+Print Russia’ area showcased exhibits related to the increasingly popular additive manufacturing and 3D printing sectors. Both of these areas were brought back due to the demand of representatives who attended Interplastica 2018.

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Polymer Plaza

Formerly known as Meeting Point Raw Materials, the Polymer Plaza was one of the most popular sections of Interplastica 2019. The presentations, discussions, and exhibitions on offer over the four-day conference allowed attendees to review the latest research on plastic and rubber from Russian and Eastern European field experts. This year’s presentations focused on the latest developments about raw polymer materials, as well as sharing the most recent information on new materials.

In addition to this, many of the professional exhibits highlighted lightweight construction and composite materials, which were some of the most popular discussion topics of the year, specifically the continued strict product requirements of the construction industry. This was expected due to the general global demand for the plastics industry to produce lighter materials to be used in modern construction methods.

3D fab+print

The 3D fab+print Russia was a returning favorite, allowing a specific platform for the topics of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. According to a survey completed in 2018, 20% of visitors to the Interplastica trade fair had a specific interest in the topics of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and over half of the visitors had planned on visiting the 3D fab+print section of the event.

Like the Polymer Plaza section, 3D fab+print showcased exhibits, shows, and presentations by machine manufacturers as well as software and service providers from Russia and neighboring countries.

Many of the exhibitors explained that their products were created with the goal to save materials, time and money when producing plastic parts. Something which resonated with the show's audience as 95% of attendees reported that they were extremely satisfied with this section of the conference.

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