DORTMUND – On the 10 & 11 May, industry experts gathered together at the fourth edition of Recycling-Technik in Dortmund. Once again, the show closed having seen record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
The popular event offered a comprehensive programme of lectures, guided exhibition tours and a wealth of information on the recycling sector’s hottest topics. A matchmaking exchange helped put exhibitors and visitors in direct contact with potential cooperation partners from Germany and abroad. The overwhelming majority of survey respondents reported wanting to partake in the next Recycling-Technik Dortmund in 2018.
“Recycling-Technik Dortmund has really evolved and become a must-attend event for our industry,” says Tim Stratmann, Technical Specialist for Mechanical Engineering in the Engineering and Maintenance Department at Aurubis AG. Having once again produced record numbers and satisfied attendees, the two-day trade show ended on a very positive note in Dortmund. Together with the co-located Solids Dortmund, the show’s 6731 visitors and 500 exhibitors represented 3% and 10% increases respectively over the previous edition. “2017 was our first time exhibiting at Recycling-Technik Dortmund, and it was absolutely the right decision,” states Manfred Eßmann, Sales Manager for Lindner Recyclingtech. “The trade visitors came with specific enquiries; from the approximately 50 high-quality contacts we made, we’re expecting some good orders.” Daniel Eisele, Group Event Director for organiser Easyfairs, was also satisfied: “We’re happy that the show concept – which includes the lectures, Guided Tours and international networking – has been so well received by the visitors and exhibitors.”
Scoring with quality and applicable knowledge
As an industry trade show, Recycling-Technik in Dortmund counts among the most important business and innovation platforms for material recycling and re-use. Exhibitors presented machinery and technical components for reclamation and environmentally-sound disposal. Through the high-calibre lectures taking place throughout both show days on the stages of the Innovation Centre, the show offered audiences new and relevant information from science and practice: the spectrum ranged from future-oriented research results and the latest regulations through to use cases and best practices. Representative of the quality of the lecture series was, for example, the topic of building material recycling, organised by vero e.V., Fraunhofer IML and IAB Weimar gGmbH; or the panel discussion moderated by WFZruhr on “Packaging: Design Today – Recycling Tomorrow”; and the metal recycling talks curated by the online magazine 320°. “We found the lecture programme exceptionally interesting, with outstanding and highly relevant talks and panel discussions. We learned about the latest trends and developments from qualified experts,” reports Gerd Lampel, Consulting Engineer.
Important business and innovation platform
The show featured an international cooperation exchange with the debut of Matchmaking Recycling Technology, an opportunity created by Enterprise Europe Network, Zenit GmbH and WFZruhr to establish concrete and targeted contacts and to open discussions with potential cooperation partners from Germany and abroad. In addition, on both days the Guided Tours led groups through the exhibition so visitors could get targeted information on the things they were particularly interested in.
1100 guests at the evening event-cum-award-ceremony
For the first time ever, the evening event for exhibitors, visitors and conference participants took place on 10 May in the arena of the neighboring Ice Sports Centre. 1100 guests – filling the hall right down to the last seat in the house – witnessed the bestowal of the two show awards on FTK Förderbandtechnik Kilian GmbH (Solids) and Spaleck GmbH & Co. KG (Recycling-Technik).
Melanie Kilian from the FTK and Andreas Ahler, Managing Director of Spaleck, accepted the prizes of EUR 5,000 each. “A very, very warm thank-you for this acknowledgement!” said Andreas Ahler on behalf of his team from Spaleck GmbH & Co. KG. “We’ll donate the prize money to the kids at the children’s house ‘Casa Dorca’ in Romania.” The project provides a home for orphaned children.
With its modular concept and extensive show programme, Recycling-Technik has become one of the most important trade shows for recycling and environmental technologies, as well as for urban mining. Preparations are already underway for the next edition of Recycling-Technik and Solids, which take place on 7 & 8 November 2018 in Dortmund.