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The Greener Manufacturing Show and Plastic Waste Free World Affirm the Circular Economy is Almost Here

by | Nov 22, 2022

The Greener Manufacturing Show held alongside Plastic Waste Free World Europe (9-10 Nov, Cologne, Germany) welcomed almost 3,000 unique visitors from 50+ countries, spanning six continents with its 175 innovative exhibitors and 150 industry-renowned speakers, demonstrating that a circular economy is right around the corner.

The audience represented more than 2,000 leading manufacturing companies and suppliers from a wide variety of industries including, automotive, fashion & textiles, packaging, consumer goods products, chemicals, raw materials, electronics, and cosmetics – just to name a few. Exhibitors including Bio NRW, Qwarzo, Speira, South Pole and Mondi showcased a range of industrialised solutions to help manufacturers enhance the sustainability of their products and help reduce the environmental impact of their operations. 

Trans-Global Events CEO, Mike Robinson, remarked: “This year’s event took a giant leap forward in terms of attendees and companies participating as exhibitors. Sustainability has become a major focus for companies and organisations across the world with manufacturers facing some of the biggest challenges due to the very nature of their business operations.

“The Greener Manufacturing Show is totally unique in that you can find new technologies and solutions that cover a wide range of environmental challenges and various industries all in one place, whilst placing the emphasis on balancing production and making positive changes for the future. Following the excellent feedback of our exhibitors and attendees we are looking forward to taking the next step in 2023 and bringing even more exciting solutions to the event.”

Exhibitors were impressed with the calibre of attendees and the wealth of networking opportunities, out-of-the-box ideas, and practical solutions presented. They were also delighted to be attending an in-person event with a key focus on sustainability and to mobilise the manufacturing industries towards a green economy from this ostensibly popular European business-hub.

The plethora of innovations showcased at the Koelnmesse provided ample choice for buyers and potential opportunities for exhibitors to forge off-take agreements and partnerships. 

Natural Materials Unlimited Founder & Interim CEO, Michael Klepacz, said:

“The Greener Manufacturing Show brought us a wide variety of guests from many industries, including sports, hotels, shipping, fashion, packaging, dyes and waxes, paper and more. We were excited to see the reactions they had to our offers. I hope many partnerships will grow as a result of this show.”

There were 20% more delegates at the conference this year, accounting for the 500+ participants projected pre-show.  With 40% more visitors and exhibitors than the previous edition, the show is growing rapidly into becoming a pioneering event for a holistic approach to greener manufacturing and new ways for businesses to reduce their plastic footprint.  

The Greener Manufacturing Show and Plastic Waste Free World Europe will return to Cologne on 8-9 November 2023. To find out more about next year’s event visit  .

The second edition of the US show will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on 11-12 October 2023. Find out more here

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