From today 21st October to 25th October 2014, EuroBLECH 2014 will take place in Hanover, Germany. The international sheet metal working industry fair has reached its 23rd edition with the record number of 1,600 exhibitors from 38 countries, in eight exhibition halls, on a total net floor space of 86,500 m2. This represents a 5% increase in exhibitor numbers and a 3% increase in floor space compared to the previous show.
“EuroBLECH is the largest trade exhibition and an economic and technological trend barometer for the sheet metal working industry. We are confident that with the dimensions of this year’s show and an overall positive economic outlook for the industry sector, EuroBLECH 2014 will, once again, provide a key marketplace for successful business and worldwide contacts and that both, exhibitors and visitors, will have a rewarding experience at the show,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
The proportion of international exhibitors at EuroBLECH is, once again, very high (52%). At this year’s exhibition, major exhibitor countries next to Germany are Italy, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, the USA and Great Britain. “The high percentage of international participation demonstrates that the sheet metal working industry continues to focus on worldwide business contacts. For companies in the industry sector it is clear that they need to operate internationally. This is not only the case for exhibiting companies that use the event to further develop their international sales, but also for companies that visit the show. They face the challenge to compete with their products on a global market and, therefore, have to build worldwide business networks,” says Nicola Hamann.
EuroBLECH offers its audience a comprehensive overview of the prevailing technological trends in sheet metal working. Companies looking to find suitable machinery and smart solutions for modern production can find an extensive product range, from conventional systems through to advanced, high-tech processes. “Production processes in sheet metal working have, once again, strongly advanced over the past two years. Solutions offering more flexibility, higher precision and excellent quality are high on the agenda of manufacturing companies. The use of automation and robotics in sheet metal working continues to grow; and lightweight construction and laser processing are continuously creating innovation in the field of sheet metal working. Visitors will be able to discover a large number of live demonstrations of all the new technologies at the exhibitors’ stands,” explains Hamann.
The show represents the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding, tube / section processing, surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, quality control, CAD/CAM systems, factory equipment and R&D.
The EuroBLECH App is the official mobile show guide for EuroBLECH 2014. The app offers information about all exhibitors and their products along with a map of the exhibition grounds for orientation and guidance. The app also offers ‘myEB’ – a personal show planner which offers many useful functions. Furthermore, visitors can register tickets and generate a mobile ticket which will transform the smartphone into an entrance ticket. ‘EuroBLECH 2 go’ is available around two weeks before the exhibition. Smartphone users can access the app via www.eb2go.de; it is also free to download as Android or iPhone app.