Business was booming at the Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Exhibition in Essen, Germany

The Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Exhibition made a very successful debut last month, attracting 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors to Messe Essen in Germany on 27-28 June 2018.


The focused plastics industry expos boasted an international audience with 42% of attendees coming from Germany, 50% from the rest of Europe and 8% from outside of Europe. Visitors came from as far afield as South Africa, Brazil, China and the Korea.

“We are absolutely delighted with the response to our first exhibitions, which were very well supported by the international plastics recycling and compounding industries” said AMI’s head of exhibitions, Rita Andrews. “We’ve had extremely positive feedback about the Essen shows from exhibitors and visitors alike”.

Exhibitors reported that they had large numbers of meetings with high-quality contacts on both days of the event. More than 60% of exhibitors have already reserved space for the next European versions of the shows, which will return to Messe Essen on 17-18 June 2020. Many have also booked stands at the first US versions of the Compounding World and Plastics Recycling World Expos, which will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 8-9 May 2019.

“I have received more quality leads in one day of this event than a whole week at NPE.” Mr. Bernhard Gabauer, Segment Development Manager – Plastics, Bühler

The three conference theatres at the Essen shows attracted capacity crowds of up to 250 people each. They hosted a series of presentations covering a wide range of technologies and market opportunities, plus informative training seminars and business debates featuring industry leaders.

“The expo has been really valuable as I’ve been able to reconnect with a number of industry peers and share our expertise.”- Dr Oliver Frey, Head of Compounding Department, Ensinger

“The focused nature of the expos worked very well for visitors from the plastics recycling and compounding sectors,” explained Andy Beevers, events director at AMI. “They could meet with key suppliers and participate in highly relevant conference sessions all under one roof. Similarly for exhibitors, the clear focus of the events meant they were meeting large numbers of visitors with a very specific interest in their products and services”.

The Compounding World and Plastics Recycling World Expos will not take place in Germany next year because of the K 2019 show, but they will return to Essen on 17-18 June 2020 when they will be joined by two additional focused events, the Extrusion Expo and the Polymer Testing Expo.

Next year will see the US debut of the Compounding World, Plastics Recycling World and Extrusion Expos at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on 8-9 May 2019.

For information on exhibiting at these events, please contact Matt Wherlock at [email protected], tel: +44 (0)117 314 8122.