The 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition (EuroBLECH), held October 23-26, 2018, in Hannover, Germany, attracted a total of 56,301 visitors interested in an overview of the latest innovations and digital technologies for sheet metalworking, including the strong presence of a large selection of fiber laser cutting machine exhibitors, and to invest in new manufacturing machinery. A total of 1507 companies from 40 countries exhibited at this year's show.
"We are very pleased with the positive results of EuroBLECH 2018, which compared to the previous exhibition attracted a consistently high visitor number across the four show days," says Evelyn Warwick, EuroBLECH exhibition director for Mack Brooks Exhibitions. The exhibition ended with a record floor space of 89,875 and a sustainable visitor figure due to the booming industry. "Many exhibitors reported positive sales figures," she says.
58% of exhibitors came from outside Germany this year, and there was a further 4% increase in international attendance. Major visitor countries included Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, India, Great Britain, Poland, Austria, and Belgium.
A great majority of the visitors came from the sheet metal industry (73%), followed by visitors from workshops, trade, and services. The most important visitor industries were engineering, sheet metal and products, steel and aluminum construction, the automotive industry and its suppliers, electrical engineering, and iron and steel production. Besides the high rate of international visitors, the exhibition registered a high percentage (79%) of visitors from top management with decision-making and buying capacity.
Visitors praised the overall international range of products on display, as well as the quality of the exhibition stands and the many live demonstrations of digital processes. Exhibitors commented on the qualified, international audience with its high percentage of decision-makers. The exhibitors also stated that they made a large number of new business contacts. More than 70% of all exhibitors stated onsite that they intended to exhibit again at the next EuroBLECH show, which will take place October 27-30, 2020 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds in Germany.
For more information, please visit www.euroblech.com/2018/english.