The 26th edition of the International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, EuroBLECH 2022, will take place from 25 – 28 October 2022 in Hanover, Germany. Following the latest easing of Covid restrictions, show organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed that the world’s largest trade event for sheet metal processing will go ahead as planned. Demand for stand space has surged, and the current exhibitor list stands at 1,257 companies from 39 nations, covering a total net exhibition space of over 88,000 square metres. For the first time, EuroBLECH will feature a ninth exhibition hall focusing on joining technology, one of the significant growth markets in the e-mobility and general industrial sectors.
After a compulsory break, EuroBLECH 2022 marks the long-awaited comeback of face-to-face marketing and personal business meetings. Starting this October, the show will also resume its usual biennial event cycle.
“There is a genuine sense of relief and excitement within the industry – it’s been four years since our last live show so EuroBLECH 2022 is widely perceived as a much-needed technological update for the entire sheet metal processing sector”, says Evelyn Warwick, Event Director of EuroBLECH, on behalf of the organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions. “EuroBLECH has always been the industry’s key marketplace where everything and everyone comes together, and this year’s edition provides a particularly important booster to kick-start or renew business growth.”
Nine exhibition halls to promote technological excellence
EuroBLECH 2022 will be occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 26 and 27 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds, the world’s largest exhibition centre. The newly added hall 26 will focus on joining technology and also host exhibitors of surface and tool technology who had previously been located in hall 13.
Exhibits cover the entire sheet metal working technology chain in the manufacturing of metal prototypes, industrial components and consumer parts. This includes machines, tools and IT solutions for cutting, punching and forming, joining, welding and fastening, surface treatment and finishing, process control and quality assurance, machine elements and components, CAD/CAM/CIM systems, warehouse and factory equipment, material recycling, and other solutions to process metal sheet, tubes, profiles, plastic hybrids and other structures.
EuroBLECH exhibitors come from around the globe and range from innovative start-ups and SMEs to big internationals. This year’s top exhibiting countries are Germany, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, China, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Poland and France.
Engaging live exhibits and technological world premieres
As always, visitors can expect an impressive amount of live machine demonstrations and technological world premieres. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch innovative machinery in action, allowing attendees to assess and discuss potential benefits for their own production process.
“We are really looking forward to the buzz and excitement on the show floor”, says Evelyn Warwick. “In the end, nothing beats human interaction: A face-to-face conversation, a live demonstration, a fist bump – all this is important to establish good relationships and build trust. We are delighted that EuroBLECH will once again provide a physical platform where tech buyers can meet and connect with world-leading suppliers and innovators in the industry.”
Substantial need to invest in emerging technologies
Traditionally, EuroBLECH attracts a high percentage of visitors with decision-making and buying capacity. For 2022, tech budgets are expected to rise as companies begin to revive their plans to invest in emerging technology for a future-proof business.
“There is a substantial need for manufacturers to align themselves to the complex and fluctuating demands of modern markets” explains Evelyn Warwick. “Many of our visitors will be looking for automated, digital and scalable solutions to facilitate the cost-efficient and sustainable production of industrial components and consumer parts. At EuroBLECH, they enjoy direct access to a broad spectrum of tech suppliers. This will allow them to explore and invest in the best tools, machines and materials for all their sheet metal processing needs.”
Attracting top industry professionals from all key industry sectors
The previous EuroBLECH 2018 attracted a total of 56,301 international trade visitors, including buyers, design engineers, production and quality managers, researchers and other technical experts from all management levels and business types.
Visitors come from all key industry sectors, including manufacturers of sheet metal parts, components and assemblies; ferrous and non-ferrous metal production and construction; automotive, aerospace and shipbuilding; mechanical engineering; building and construction; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; renewable energy construction; consumer electronics; telecommunication; precision, optics and medical equipment; food and packaging; and many more.