Since 1988, the development curve of both fairs has been rising sharply: wire began its Düsseldorf success story in 1986 with 488 exhibitors on net exhibition space of almost 27,000 m2. At that time 21,000 trade visitors came to Düsseldorf to obtain information about the latest machinery and plant from the wire and cable industry sectors.
Held in two-year rotation, the number of participating companies continually developed up to 2002. In 2002, it was already 1,096 exhibitors on 51,000 m2. In 2004 there was a slight decline in exhibitors and square metres, before in 2008, despite the onset of the economic troubles, the event achieved an absolute top result. At that time 53,600 m2 of exhibition space were occupied and 1,130 exhibitors presented their innovations at wire 2008. In 2010, the good result of 2008 levelled off, however coupled with the increase in exhibitors, there was a slight decline in rented exhibition space.
This year, for wire trade fair so far over 1.280 companies from 51 countries have registered, and for the Tube trade fair over 1,237 exhibitors from 50 countries.
Traditionally strongly represented are exhibitors from Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. There are many registrations from overseas including the USA, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan and China.