While many of the machinery exhibitors reported good business and testified to positive mid-term prospects, plastics producers, distributors and compounders said their business was largely characterised by weak demand and lower volumes. Core machinery producers and other large exhibitors in particular reported strong interest in their products.
All in all, 1,694 exhibitors (2011: 1,672) showcased their products in the 12 halls in Friedrichshafen. One key criticism many visitors shared with Plasteurope.com was the fact that displays were not organised according to theme. Since next year will be a “K” year, the next Fakuma will take place in Friedrichshafen from 14-18 October 2014.