Three months before they are held (28. June to 2. July 2011), it is becoming apparent that the four metal trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST will be setting a new exhibitor record. There has been a particularly large increase in the space booked at the Düsseldorf trade fairs: while the companies presented their products and services on a total of 72,698 square metres of exhibition space in 2007, when the present record was set at the top of the economic boom, the trend in 2011 is definitely towards larger stands. Something that the trade fair Project Director Friedrich-Georg Kehrer is very pleased about: “We didn’t expect this. Everyone in our industry thought that the exhibitors would come, but with substantially smaller stands. The bookings made to date reveal, however, that the trade fairs have grown considerably, by almost 5,000 square metres.” 77,230 square metres have been booked by companies in total so far.
Messe Düsseldorf already responded to exhibitors’ requests for larger stand areas a number of months ago and made another, larger hall (Hall 3) available for METEC – and the space there is almost fully booked in the meantime as well. The four technology trade fairs are now being held in Halls 3 to 17.
The registration figures reflect the actual situation of the industry too. Because not all companies have survived the crisis completely unscathed and the impact of this is being felt at GIFA in particular. Most companies want and are in a position to be represented at the trade fair, which is also why the registration figures here are almost as high as at the previous event, but the crisis has led to a number of corporate mergers between the manufacturers of machines and equipment for foundries in particular. The number of exhibitors has therefore decreased slightly from 793 in 2007 to 723 companies now. The exhibitors are not willing to compromise on space, however and have booked about 42,000 square metres (2007: 43,800) in Halls 10 to 13 and 15 to 17 on the exhibition site in Düsseldorf, even though fewer companies are exhibiting.
It looks like a new record for both the number of exhibitors and the amount of space booked will be set at METEC: 18.4 per cent more companies will be represented, while the stand space booked has increased by more than 34.6 per cent. With 437 exhibitors and almost 20,000 square metres of space, the trade fair is bigger than ever before.
The number of companies registering for THERMPROCESS is considerably higher than in 2007 too: about 300 exhibitors and more than 9,500 square metres of space booked are extremely impressive figures. The trade fair will as a result have more exhibitors this year than ever before in its 37-year history.
The most recent addition to the “Bright World of Metals” – NEWCAST – has also made good progress, demonstrating that it now holds an established position. It was launched in 2003 with 255 exhibitors, whereas about 300 companies will be presenting their products and services to visitors on almost 6,000 square metres of stand space this year. NEWCAST is the most international event in its industry as well – 78 per cent of the exhibitors do not come from Germany; they come instead from the neighbouring European countries and from overseas. Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the USA are playing particularly prominent roles here.
The number of visits and page impressions recorded by the trade fair portals is another major indication that the events will be a success. The websites www.gifa.de, www.metec.de, www.thermprocess.de and www.newcast.de are registering steady increases in the number of visits – from almost 10,000 last September to 31,700 in February – and page impressions – from 53,900 (September 2010) to 252,900 (February 2011), which confirms the popularity of the trade fair portals. They are being used by the international trade visitors to plan their visit to the trade fairs as effectively as possible. The exhibitor database, for example, is a detailed search engine than enables very specific searches to be made for companies that supply individual solutions. Daily news from the industries, everything that is worth knowing about the extensive side programme arranged for the trade fairs and brief information about the trade fairs round off the wide-ranging content provided by the trade fair portals. Friedrich-Georg Kehrer: “The tremendous interest visitors are showing in our Internet presence demonstrates that it is essential for many experts to visit GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST and that they therefore want to make comprehensive preparations in advance before they come to the trade fairs in Düsseldorf.” The app for the four trade fairs is available free of charge in the app store with immediate effect too.
E-tickets for admission to the trade fairs are a new service successfully introduced this year by Messe Düsseldorf at boot Düsseldorf. They can be printed out conveniently at home or at the workplace and can already be used as tickets for buses and trains within a radius of about 40 kilometres around Düsseldorf throughout the Rhine-Ruhr transport district when travelling to the exhibition site in the city. Another advantage of the e-tickets: they cost considerably less than at the ticket offices on the exhibition site. A day ticket costs only EUR 40.00 in the Internet, for example, compared with EUR 50.00 at the ticket office, while a ticket for the whole of the event costs EUR 100.00 compared with EUR 120.00 at the ticket office. The four trade fairs are open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 from 28. June to 2. July 2011.
About “The Bright World of Metals”:
Messe Düsseldorf organises not only GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST with the general motto “The Bright World of Metals” but also other high-quality metal processing trade fairs all over the world. They include the trade fairs FOND-EX (International Foundry Fair) in the Czech Republic, Metallurgy-Litmash (International Trade Fair for Metallurgy Machinery, Plant Technology & Products) in Moscow and Metallurgy India in Bombay. The range for the metal industries is supplemented by two more events at the Düsseldorf location: Valve World Expo (central global trade fair for valves and valve equipment) and the global trade fair ALUMINIUM (international meeting place and congress for the aluminium industry) run by Reed Exhibitions.
GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS, NEWCAST 2011 Press Department
Tania Vellen and Corinna Kuhn
Tel.: +49 211/4560-518/598
Fax: +49 211/4560-87 010
Press photos, logos and a site plan can be found in our photo database in the press service section of the trade fair websites.