About 550 companies have confirmed their presence within the first enrolment deadline, 10 February, for PLAST 2021-international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries which will take place in Milan from 4 to 7 May 2021.

An analysis of the figures relating solely to direct exhibitors who have registered to date – just under 400 – shows an improvement when compared to three years ago, with an increase, though only slight, in the total exhibition area booked (+1.5%).

This is an encouraging result, above all considering the current situation hallmarked by international tension and concern affecting trade, investments, and the planning of promotional activities, on the part of all companies, including those operating in the plastics and rubber sector.

Companies can still register for PLAST 2021 up until the second and final deadline, 10 May 2020, benefiting from a 10% discount on the participation fees and priority assignment in the respective exhibition halls.

The list of participating companies is constantly updated on the website

PLAST will be the most important event in Europe for 2021 in the plastics and rubber sector, and – together with the collateral exhibitions that make up “The Innovation Alliance”, namely IPACK-IMA, MEAT-TECH, PRINT4ALL and INTRALOGISTICA ITALIA – it will constitute the major European show dedicated to the capital machinery industry, taking up all the halls in the FieraMilano fairgrounds.

In this context, the Secretariats of the five shows are defining an agreement in order to create an event of international relevance during the show, in cooperation with one of the most renowned global organizations in the area of the circular economy. The event will see the participation of top managers from multinational companies who will be able to contribute their experiences on the theme of sustainability, above all in the plastics sector.

This conference will provide an opportunity to highlight the sector’s commitment – something that has been visible for some time now – to the introduction of circular and sustainable materials, technology and manufacturing processes, in order to encourage energy saving and environmental protection.

In addition, the show and its programme of collateral events will include other occasions dedicated to the in-depth exploration of specific application areas, such as automotive, building, medical products, agriculture and so forth.

As we have now become accustomed, PLAST will host three satellite shows, focusing on three sectors of excellence in the field, with the respective start-ups: RUBBER (at its fourth edition, dedicated to the world of elastomers, in collaboration with Assogomma), 3D PLAST (at its third edition, highlighting additive manufacturing and related technology) and PLAST-MAT (at its second edition, presenting solutions in innovative plastic materials).

In the meantime, the organizational Secretariat of PLAST 2021 is continuing its intense promotional campaign: after its attendance at many trade fairs in January – from Saudi Arabia to India and Russia – it will also be present, over the coming months, at PLAST ALGER (Algier, March 9-11), PLASTPRINTPACK NIGERIA (Lagos, March 24-26), PLASTPOL (Kielce, May 19-22), EQUIPLAST (Barcelona, June 2-6), PLASTPRINTPACK ETHIOPIA (Addis Abeba, June 3-5), ARGENPLAS (Buenos Aires, June 8-11), FIP (Lyon, June 16-19).

Below we provide some key figures for the past edition of PLAST, which took place from 29 May to 1 June 2018 in Milan:

  • total fair area: 55,000 m² net
  • exhibition sectors represented: 75% machinery, 20% materials and products, 5% services
  • total exhibitors: 1,510 from 55 countries (57% Italian, 43% foreign; 1,049 direct and 461 via representatives)
  • satellite fairs: RUBBER (rubber industry), 3D PLAST (3D printing and related technologies), PlastMat (innovative materials)
  • visitors: 63,000 (27.5% from outside of Italy) representing 117 countries.


PLAST 2021 again joins with THE INNOVATION ALLIANCE. After the great success in 2018, the five international tradeshows (IPACK-IMA, MEAT-TECH, PLAST, PRINT4ALL, and INTRALOGISTICA ITALIA) will offer to professionals from all industrial sectors a showcase of technological excellence from different manufacturing worlds in Italy and abroad, brought together as way to put a strong focus on the entire supply chain. An offer that will show the best solutions for the manufacturing industry, different applications ranging from the engineering of rubber and plastic to their recovery and recycling, also in view of always more sustainable and circular industrial processes, to food processing technologies, from food and non-food packaging to custom graphic printing and labelling, right down to the material handling and the warehousing.