Hardware Cologne

We introduce: Trade association Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten e.V. (BHB)

The trade association Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten e.V. (home improvement, building and gardening) (BHB) is a trade association representing the interests of DIY, building and gardening companies as well as other companies in the DIY sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH). On a national and European level the BHB functions thereby as the mouthpiece of the DIY industry and is continuously engaged in dialogues with politics and administrations, industry partners, media and the public for their concerns. Today, 22 trade organisations and around 200 supporting members of the BHB benefit from the active, practice- and service-oriented work of the association.

Founded in 1974 as the Bundesverband Deutscher Heimwerker und Baumärkte e.V., the BHB can now look back on more than four decades of successful association work for an important economic sector. The German DIY core market, consisting of DIY stores, home improvement centers, specialist stores and small businesses in the specialist trade, achieved a turnover of around 45 billion euros in 2017. The total gross turnover of the German DIY and home improvement stores amounted to around 18.5 billion euros. The sector (including services and supplies) employs around 480,000 people in Germany alone.

Since its foundation, the association has not lost sight of its primary goal of promoting open dialogue between members of the DIY sector. Outwardly, it represents the industry as active and homogeneous, with companies that improve people’s lives and living conditions and allow for affordable luxury. The spectrum of the industry is broad and ranges from trade associations and purchasing cooperatives to medium-sized chain stores with a specialty market character and franchise systems. In addition, there are supporting members from various sectors: Industrial companies, trade fair companies, service providers, logisticians, consultants and other organisations.

The BHB is also active on an international level. Amongst others, it is a founding member of the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA). At the last INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2018, BHB was not only represented with a stand, but also assumed patronage for the EISEN CSR Award powered by BHB. The BHB Forum, which traditionally takes place on the second day of the fair and at which the BHB Customer Service Award is awarded, has also established itself as an important meeting place for the industry.

You can find out more about the Handelsverband Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten e.V. and its tasks on the association’s website. Information about EDRA can be found on their website.

We look forward to the renewed co-operation with the trade association Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten e.V. and the next instalment of the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE from 1 to 4 March 2020.

We proudly present: the Manufacturers Association House & Garden at the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE

More than 35 years ago, leading producers of building, house and garden products joined forces to form the “Herstellerverband Haus & Garten“ “(Manufacturers’ Association House & Garden). The association focuses primarily on sales-oriented topics in the assorted sales channels specialist retailers, DIY stores and garden centres. weiterlesen…

Trade fair partner in Italy: Hardware Forum powered by INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIRR COLOGNE

Exhibitors at the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2018 have the chance to attend another important fair this year in Italy: the Hardware Forum ITALY 2018 powered by EISENWARENMESSE in Milan. All important information can be found in our blog post. weiterlesen…

What the industry thinks about the DIY Boulevard

 

In the scope of the DIY Boulevard at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne 2018, we have asked the manufacturers what the current challenges of the industry are – and how they are reacting to them. weiterlesen…

Fully-booked: The DIY Boulevard at the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR enters its second round

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After a great premiere in 2016, the DIY Boulevard is entering its second round at EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne from 4 to 7 March 2018.

Once again, in cooperation with the manufacturers association, Haus & Garten e.V., Koelnmesse is offering the DIY suppliers this presentation area in the centre of Hall 5.1 and can already announce that it is fully-booked. weiterlesen…

German construction and DIY markets with a strong first half year

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Although 2015 has started rather slowly, construction and DIY markets in Germany are beginning to pick up speed. With a revenue of 5.44 billion € in the second quarter, they improved by 5.5 percent in comparison to last year. The first half year’s revenue was 9.3 billion € (+1.2 % vs. previous year).

BHB general manager Wüst sees this development as a confirmation for the industry’s “innovative sales management and as an attractive portfolio which is a great foundation for the German construction and DIY markets”. weiterlesen…

Global DIY-Summit: A truly global event

The international Home Improvement industry has a common destination: On June 11 and 12, 2015, the whole world of home improvement will meet at the Global DIY-Summit in London to learn and exchange thoughts about latest developments and innovative concepts. The organisers of the congress are expecting more than 700 participants from over 40 countries, representing all continents – thus making it a truly global event.

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Already today, top executives from the retail industry have registered. Seize this perfect opportunity to meet all decision-makers from the largest DIY retailers around the globe, including, but not limited to, Lowe’s, Groupe ADEO, Kingfisher, OBI, Bunnings (Australia), Sodimac (South America), Cashbuild (South Africa), and Cainz (Japan). weiterlesen…

Innovative concept: the DIY Boulevard at EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNTIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE 2016

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Visitors and exhibitors of the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR can look forward to a lot of innovations and news in 2016. In addition to focusing on a compact three day show (March 6 through March 8, 2016), the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR celebrates its 40th edition and for the very first time introduces a presentation area for DIY providers in cooperation with the manufacturers’ association “Haus & Garten e.V.” (Homes & Garden).

The 210 meter long DIY Boulevard runs right through the middle of the hall which traditionally houses companies from the construction and DIY sector. In addition, a networking area, directly adjacent to the DIY Boulevard, is available for meeting purposes – the perfect place for interesting and constructive conversations between trade visitors and the top players in the construction, home & garden industries.

Christoph Werner, Senior Vice President of Koelnmesse, is confident that these newly introduced features will be successful: “With the DIY Boulevard, we are offering a format that is optimally suited to the needs of the exhibitors. In this area, they have the possibility to address the decision-makers in a very efficient and focused way”. Registrations for the DYI Boulevard confirm the success of the new concept: The area is already fully booked. Among others, industry leaders such as Abus, Burg-Wächter, Fischer, Getalit, Hettich, Leifheit, Mellerud, Steinel, Tesa, TOX and Westag have already confirmed.

“We are convinced that the DIY Boulevard will provide positive stimuli at the show, thanks to the fact that the top players of the industry are participating and that the area is already booked out”, emphasizes the Executive Director of the Manufacturers’ Association Haus & Garten e.V., Ralf Rahmede.

The EISENWARENMESSE 2016 will be open to trade visitors from 6 through 8 March, 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. For more information visit our homepage: http://www.eisenwarenmesse.com.

Impressions of the International Hardware Fair 2014

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The International Hardware Fair 2014 was a great success and once more proved its importance to the hardware industry. 2.783 exhibitors from 53 countries presented their numerous product novelties and exciting innovations in the field of industrial supplies, fastening and joining technology, fittings, tools and construction and DIY goods. weiterlesen…

Cologne 2014 International Hardware Fair: Final Round-Up

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This year’s Cologne International Hardware Fair saw 2,783 exhibitors from 53 countries and some 50,000 trade visitors from 136 lands, once again confirming the position of this event as the world’s top location for the hardware industries and associated innovators. Commenting on the positive trends with respect to both the quality and quantity of exhibitors and visitors, the chief executive of the Cologne Fair Katharina C. Hamma said: “We are absolutely delighted that this year, the supply-side grew by 4.5 percent in comparison with the previous event. In addition, the number of trade visitors remained stable and enjoyed a wider international mix.” weiterlesen…