The 6th edition of the International Cooperative Trade Fair of Tools and Processing Industry INNOFORM® has concluded.

From April 16-18, toolmakers and plastic processors gathered in Bydgoszcz to explore the offerings of 170 companies from around the world. A total of 2,723 professionals had the opportunity to discover products aimed at the moulding industry and actively participated in company presentations, discussion panels, conferences, and a brokerage event. An important part of the fair was also the educational day aimed at vocational school and university students.

This year’s tooling and processing conference focused on enhancing industry knowledge of good environmental practices. The conference, titled “Recycling of plastics in the thicket of regulations. Still a noble idea or already a utopia,” was divided into two parts. The first part addressed sustainability in the field of polymers and the impact of new regulations on companies. The second part covered ESG reporting and its significant impact on future business operations. Panelists included practitioners, representatives of the banking sector, and academia, who provided guidance on implementing sustainability policies for competitive advantage.

In addition, an info session was held as part of the Better Factory project, titled “Innovation unleashed: Discoveries from Better Factory’s agile production and personalization of products initiatives.” The session highlighted the collaboration between SMEs, tech suppliers, and artists for creating new, personalized products and optimizing manufacturing processes sustainably. The presentation featured the latest advancements in COBOTS, digital factory setups, IoT devices, and personalized products and services. Polish companies, winners of the second competition financed under the project, also presented their innovations. Furthermore, Olga Skalska from Funding BOX discussed other EU projects with cascade funding opportunities.

A new feature of this year’s fair was the dedicated Plastics Recycling Exhibition, showcasing the latest technologies, machines, and recyclates from over a dozen companies.

On the second day, a brokerage event organized by the Enterprise Europe Network Center at the Toruń Regional Development Agency S.A. brought together manufacturers, distributors, and specialists from the toolmaking and polymer plastics processing sectors. Additionally, individual meetings with project partners and representatives of companies participating in international cascade-funded projects were held.

The final day was dedicated to education, targeting secondary school and university students. A meeting focused on the competencies needed in the tool and polymer processing industry and career opportunities was conducted. After the lectures, students toured the exhibition hall under the guidance of industry mentors. The Cooperative Exchange continued in an online format for those unable to attend in person.

Indusac at INNOFORM

Indusac was also present at INNOFORM 2024! During the event, we informed attendees about the Indusac project and encouraged participation. This initiative aims to further support industry innovation and collaboration, providing opportunities for professionals to engage in cutting-edge developments and funding opportunities.