Europe’s plastics processing sector will again be drawn to the southern German town of Friedrichshafen later this month as it plays host to the 25th Fakuma trade fair – the most important plastics event for the continent this year. It is two years since the last Fakuma show – the event is held each year there is no K fair – and the previous show in 2015 drew an attendance of 45,721 from more than 120 countries (around one third from outside of Germany). That may seem a small number compared to the 230,000 people that visited the K 2016 show in Dusseldorf last year, but make no mistake, Fakuma is a significant show. And more importantly, it is a technology show; Friedrichshafen is the place to go to see the latest plastics processing technologies in action.
Historically focused on injection moulding, Fakuma’s exhibitor list now includes a good number of suppliers to the compounding industry and, of course, many producers and suppliers of compounds and masterbatches. Organiser PE Schall says there will be more than 1,800 exhibitors drawn from 37 countries at this year’s show, with some 85,000m2 of exhibition space. Over the following 19 pages, we highlight some of the equipment and materials that will be on show for visitors from the compounding sector.
Piovan will show examples from its full range of materials handling and preparation equipment, including a Quantum gravimetric blender in a special configuration. Quantum blenders can be configured with up to six dosing stations, all of which can be quickly removed for easy cleaning. Stainless steel is used on all parts that come into contact with the material, reducing risk of contamination. Models are available with throughputs from 1 to 800 kg/h.
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