The Better Factory project was represented by the Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster Tool Valley at the 27th International Fair of Plastics and Rubber Processing PLASTPOL, which took place on May 23-26, 2023 in Kielce, Poland. 

The PLASTPOL Fair gathereth almost 600 companies from 26 countries and almost 14 thousand square meters of exhibition space. The Kielce PLASTPOL Expo has been Central and Eastern Europe’s focal meeting point for business insiders, the dialogue platform for domestic and global companies active in the plastics processing sector. The expo brings together representatives of all business sector groups – distributors, material producers, machine manufacturers, and, first and foremost, the industry clients. 

This international space is conducive to the promotion of the company and its activities. As every year, BIC had a dedicated exhibition space with co-exhibitors, cluster members. The aim of participating in the fair was to promote the companies’ offers and to establish new business contacts, which was achieved through numerous meetings at the stand.  

BIC presented a wide range of cluster activities and promoted international projects, including the Better Factory project. During the fair, a representative of PLAST-FARB, a finalist from the Better Factory project, was with us and shared his experiences from participating in the open call regarding the project SMART ENVELOPE – Digitalised and eco-friendly envelopesA new line of sustainable and digital postal products, designed to enhance customer experience and environmental responsibility. 

Not only has the ongoing pandemic left its imprint on the plastics and rubber industry’s condition, but it has also made it possible for the whole market to develop. The advancement is mainly attributed to the escalating demand for rubber gloves, plastic packaging, and similar products. Plastic has turned out to be the pandemic times’ quiet hero, first and foremost in medicine -  ventilator accessories, hospital equipment, and laboratory filters. These are just some of the plastic and rubber products that have now proven indispensable. This positive unveiling has clearly triggered the public’s perception change of plastic. 

PLASTPOL is much more than machines and purchase offers. The expo abounds with meetings, seminars, training courses and thus offers the opportunity to hold face to face meetings and exchange business and professional experiences with experts from all corners of the world. This year continues the many-year tradition of seminars prepared by Plastech-INFO, which features the latest development in plastics processing technology. There are also business meetings, including the opening, annual press conference organised by the PlasticsEurope Polska association. This is the presentation of a report on the global plastics markets’ development.