The 6th edition of the International Cooperative Trade Fair of Tools and Processing Industry INNOFORM® brought together bidders and decision-makers responsible for the development of the tool and processing industry in Poland. 170 companies from around the world presented their offers. A total of 2723 professionals had the opportunity to discover products aimed at the broadly understood moulding industry and actively participated in company presentations, discussion panels, conferences, and brokerage event. An important part of the fair was also the educational day aimed at vocational school and university students.

The conference “Recycling of plastics in the thicket of regulations. Still a noble idea or already a utopia” was held. The first part of the conference dealt with the topic of sustainability in the field of polymers and the impact of new regulations on the condition of companies. The second part was devoted to ESG reporting, which will have asignificant impact on business operations in the near future. Panelists included practitioners, representatives of the banking sector and academia, who guided how to implement sustainability policies in the context of competitive advantage.

An INFO SESSION as part of the Better Factory project entitled: “Innovation unleashed: Discoveries from Better Factory’s agile production and personalization of products initiatives” was held. The methodology, results and outcomes of the project were presented during this presentation. Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet from In4Art in his speech highlighted the discoveries made in SME + tech suppliers + Artist collaboration for new, personalized products and agile production to sustainably optimize manufacturing processes, working on COBOTS, digital factory set-ups, IOT devices, and personalized products and services. There were also presentations of Polish companies – winners of the second competition – financed under the project. In the end, Olga Skalska from Funding BOX talked about other EU projects with the cascade funding opportunities.

In addition, individual meetings on the booth with project partners and representatives of the winning companies participating in international cascade-funded projects were held.