Radical global changes determine business climate at wire & Tube 2016

Global economic upheaval, a worldwide steel crisis, new climate regulations spanning the globe, and a classic industry on its journey into the new Industry 4.0 digital age – that’s the business climate in which the world’s industry-leading trade fairs wire and Tube took place for the 15th time in Düsseldorf from 4-8 April 2016.

More than 2,600 companies informed themselves about the latest machinery, equipment and products from the wire, cable and tube processing industries. A total net exhibition area of 110,900 m2 was occupied across 16 exhibition halls.

wire Düsseldorf premiered in 1986 with 488 exhibitors from 23 countries. Even 30 years ago, when approximately 21,000 trade visitors attended the first wire, some 45 % of trade fair guests already hailed from abroad. High internationality and professional competence once again distinguished the visitors in 2016. Exhibitors were exceedingly pleased with the customer contacts and deals they made.

With 1,337 exhibitors from 53 countries on a net exhibition area of 59.700 m2, wire showcased wire manufacturing and finishing machinery, process engineering tools and auxiliary materials as well as materials, special wires and cables. Presented as well were innovations from measurement, control and test engineering as well as other specialised areas.

wire - the International Trade Fair for Wire and Cable featured the segments Wire, Cable and Fibre Optic Machinery, and Wire and Cable Products and Trade in Halls 9-13, 16 and 17. Innovations in Forming Technology were on display in Hall 15. Hall 16 was home to Mesh Welding Machinery and Spring Making Technology.

As is tradition, companies from Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, Sweden and Germany were strongly represented again. Sizable overseas contingents hailed from the US, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan and China.

On over 51,100 m2 of net exhibition space, Tube - the International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair covered the full range of pipe and tube manufacturing, processing, treatment and trade. The spectrum included raw materials, pipes, tubes and accessories, machinery for the production of pipes and tubes, pre-owned machines, as well as tools in process engineering, auxiliary materials, measuring and control engineering and test engineering. Pipelines, OCTG technology, profiles, machines and the Plastic Tube Forum (PTF) supplemented the line-up presented by a total of 1,278 exhibitors from 51 countries.

The strongest exhibitor contingents at Tube also hailed from Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Germany. The greatest shares of overseas exhibitors came from the US, India, South Korea and China.

The No. 1 trade fair in the pipe and tube industry focussed on Tube Accessories in Halls 1 and 2. Tube Trading and Manufacturing took up residence in Halls 2-4, 7.0 and 7.1. Tube Bending and Forming Technology was located in Hall 5, while Pipe and Tube Processing could be found in Halls 6 and 7a. The Plant and Machinery segment was presented in Hall 7a. In addition, Halls 1-7.0 featured profiles for a wide range of applications. The special show PTF (Plastic Tube Forum) was staged once again in Hall 7.1.

Approximately 69,500 trade visitors from 130 countries came to Düsseldorf over the course of five trade fair days, the majority of them from Germany, Italy, Turkey, France, Poland, and the Netherlands. The share of international trade fair guests was very high at 65 %, with about a third travelling from overseas.

German and international trade fair visitors at each of the two trade fairs handed out top marks for what was offered at both events. Some 75% of trade fair visitors were executives with decision-making authority.

Altogether, the willingness to invest at the two leading industry events wire and Tube in Düsseldorf continued to increase. What’s more, 60 % of trade fair visitors said they’d found new suppliers.

For what will be the 16th time already, the leading trade fairs wire and Tube will take place again concurrently in Düsseldorf from 16-20 April 2018.

For further information please visit: www.wire-tradefair.com and www.tube-tradefair.com

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