Metalworking week in Düsseldorf draws to a highly successful close

Düsseldorf, 4 April 2008

In 19 fully booked exhibition halls, totalling some 150,000 square metres of net stand space rented, more than 123,000 visitors from over 90 nations gathered. This is the impressive summary of the past week at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Center, which saw roughly 3,000 exhibitors showcase the industries’ latest offerings at the three trade fairs METAV, International Fair for Manufacturing Technology and Automation, wire, International Wire and Cable Trade Fair as well as Tube, the International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair over five days.

“Düsseldorf is traditionally a meeting point for metalworking specialists from around the world. Here, business is conducted face to face, filling the order books for years to come,” explained Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.

"The visitor response continued to grow over the course of the week. Exhibitors anticipate that thanks to their participation in METAV, business will continue to develop very well this year. In this way, METAV has once again reasserted its status as a premier business platform for metalworking," added Dr. Detlev Elsinghorst, head of the METAV Committee.

The concurrent presentation of innovations in the wire, cable, tube and pipe industries as well as in manufacturing technology and automation generated attractive synergies for exhibitors and visitors.

Under the communal roof of the trade fair trio, the 842 METAV exhibitors provided an overview of the entire spectrum of manufacturing technology. The focal areas were machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories.

wire’s run (1,129 exhibitors) more than satisfied the expectations held by manufacturers of machinery for the production and processing of wire and cable as well as the makers of process technology tools, materials producers and suppliers of special wire and cables.

With its range of various raw materials and accessories, tube and pipe manufacturing and processing machinery, process technology tools and operating materials, measuring, control and testing technology as well as the new additions to the portfolio – pipelines and OCTG technology – Tube (1,028 exhibitors) achieved a balance between traditional pipe and tube production and processing and new finishing methods.