Local grad attends Handelsausstellung in Germany

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
This is a look at the K-Show at the K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. Nine students studying plastics at Pittsburg State University took the trip. “The booths are huge, and everything was clean and futuristic looking,” said Camille Holman, Cassville graduate who attended the fair. “There were multiple warehouses where the show took place, and this is just a small piece of the booths in the warehouse.” Contributed photo

Cassville’s Holman among PSU students attending K Trade Show

Nine students majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology, including one graduate from Cassville, recently attended the K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.

This is the world’s largest plastic and rubber trade show, with 230,000 attendees and 1.9 million square feet of exhibits in 17 buildings. 

Camille Holman, Cassville graduate and student at Pittsburg State University, attended a three-day trade show event in Germany, but she got to explore and sight-see as well. “The famous cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is 515 feet tall, and people have the option to climb to the top,” Holman said. “In order to get to the top, you have to climb this incredibly narrow spiral staircase. It was exhausting, but I did it, and the photo of me is from the top of the cathedral.” Contributed photo

Amongst the students and faculty members on the trip, one of Cassville’s very own, Camille Holman, was able to experience the opportunity.

Holman graduated from Cassville high school in 2017, and she went straight to Pittsburg State University (PSU).

“My sister graduated there, so it was always a top option,” she said. “I was studying pharmacy. I like the math and chemistry of it, and at a Rumble in the Jungle event, someone talked to me about plastics.”

Seeing the many different opportunities in the field, Holman decided to go for it.

“I am so glad that I did,” she said. “Last summer, I went to Cincinnati and worked a lot with recycled plastics. It is a lot of fun, and I like the idea of sustainable plastics.”

Holman and the eight other students, along with Associate Professor Rebeca Book and former faculty member Don Book, spent seven days in Germany and attended the three-day event.

“One of my professors had been working hard to get us opportunities to go places for events like this,” Holman said. “She came to us with the idea, and we put together a group and made it happen.”

This is the first time Holman had been to a trade show, and it was massive.

“Booths would have multiple floors and levels,” she said. “There was massive machinery and a lot of robotics — it seemed so futuristic.”

Aside from the trade show the students also got the opportunity to experience Germany and what it has to offer.

“We got to tour a lot of Germany and learn,” she said. “We got to see its history, which is so different from American history.”

The opportunity allowed the students to see other options for their future.

“I didn’t realize how universal plastics is,” Holman said. “We got to see many different aspects of plastics, [and] it isn’t just manufacturing.”

Seeing the number of opportunities there are for her, Holman was able to really think about what she wants in her future.

“I am traveling to Ireland in May, and I plan on traveling a lot,” she said. “I really want to work in the medical field making supplies.”

Holman said professor Book is very energetic, and the students are very thankful to her.

“We went to Orlando for NPE [a plastics show], so this wasn’t the first trip she had taken us on,” Holman said. “But, it was definitely the biggest. We enjoyed getting to experience the German culture and eat the food.

“One thing that really sticks out is how there is meat on everything, I ordered pasta one night and the menu didn’t say anything about meat on it, but it came out with a ton of sausage on it.”

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