K 2019

By 2030 all plastic packaging within the EU will need to be recyclable or reusable. But the devil of how this goal can be achieved lies in the detail. Read more

Düsseldorf’s giant K show is the world’s biggest plastics event, and its three-yearly cycle serves as a snapshot of how the industry is shifting. Tim Sykes visited K 2019 to pick out some key packaging trends and takeaways. Read more

Emphasis is placed on not only monitoring the performance of the high speed machine itself, but also monitoring the process, as MMC Packaging focuses on connectivity and leveraging industry 4.0. Read more

GN Thermoforming introduces its new high-speed GN580 thermoformer at K 2019, featuring high levels of automation, remote operation, energy recovery system and integrated diagnostics, in a reduced overall footprint Read more

Brückner Group presents its vision for of circularity and digitisation and pushing the technological limits of plastic packaging at K 2019 Read more

Palsgaard introduces its anti-fogging coating for PET packaging at K 2019, and discusses its plant-based and carbon neutral portfolio. Read more

Cheap - quality - safe - green: Energy Sciences introduces its Gelflex EB ink, facilitating game-changing printing implications for flexible packaging and new collaborations to bring recyclable materials to market Read more

At K2019, CMD demonstrated its world-class converting technology for drawtape-style trash bags on easy-to-dispense rolls. Read more

While progress has been made across the board in recycling PET, the challenge of white bottles had remained. Can a white opaque masterbatch be used in PET monolayer bottles, including recycling rates of up to 100%? Read more

ILLIG Maschinenbau showcased several technological world premieres and numerous sustainable packaging solutions at K 2019 in Düsseldorf. 'Circular Thinking by ILLIG – The safe choice!' was the motto of its trade fair presentation. Read more

SML is developing foamed sheet for hot fill applications with new features in terms of heat resistance, insulation and recyclability in a joint R&D programme together with its partner KIEFEL. Read more


Braskem has launched its new stretch film solution at K Fair.  The launches of Braskem Flexus 3600 and PP RF70 are the result of the company’s efforts to develop new solutions in multi-layer stretch films. Read more

Comexi had launched for the first time ever a central impression offset solution for flexible packaging back in 2012. After seven years of development, the new generation of offset CI8 press has introduced new solutions for colour matching. Read more

Stand-up pouches (SUPs) can now be made using recycled material from full polyethylene (PE) laminated SUPs and virgin performance PE polymers. Read more

SABIC is launching its range of circular solutions to help manufacturers address one the planet’s most urgent sustainability challenges – the reduction of mixed plastic waste. Read more

Borealis and Borouge have developed a series of new, monomaterial pouch solutions based on polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Read more

"Sustainable products" is one of the three main topics of the machinery builder W&H at K 2019. W&H is showing a whole spectrum of example products that are either fully recyclable or contain shares of recycled material. Read more

Novamont and Saes Group have joined forces to develop solutions to meet the growing demand for materials with lower environmental impact and high functional performance. Read more

The Gabriel-Chemie Group will once again be present at K2019 in Hall 5, Booth B40, sharing a new booth design as well as numerous new, innovative solutions and product demonstrations. The main topics up are digitalisation and sustainabilty. Read more

It has been a challenging period for the plastics packaging industry with difficult market conditions and the ongoing 'war on plastics' having an effect. Read more

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