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EISEN Award 2016: Nominees have been announced!

Gruppenbild der Preisträger des Award "Eisen 2014". Theater am Tanzbrunnen.

For the third time already corporate responsibility and innovative products are honored with the EISEN Award at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair. In cooperation with the Federal Association of the German DIY, Building and Garden Specialist Stores (BHB), the Koelnmesse will distribute the prize for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and thus rewards ideas and strategies that specifically aim at sustainable development. Innovative products are prized together with the Central Association of the Hardware Trade (ZHH). weiterlesen…

Smart and diverse: Industry trends 2016

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Preparations for the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR are currently in full swing. Innovations and trends will be the focal point at the industry’s most important platform. Only those companies that regularly come up with intelligent products, optimized marketing strategies and modern POS competencies can succeed in the day-to-day competition. The hardware world is eagerly awaiting countless innovations and optimized products. Intelligent dowels, LED light, smart home – Cologne’s trade fair will have a lot to offer in March. weiterlesen…

Impressions of the International Hardware Fair 2014


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



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…

The Future is Here: 3D-Printers at the 2014 Hardware Fair

3D Print


Many branches of industry are now taking a careful look at the promise held out by the new generation of 3D-printers. Some observers assert that these tools will soon be able to produce virtually anything. But what are the exact capabilities of this revolutionary technology; and will it result in the emergence of new business models? Visitors to this year’s International Hardware Fair in Cologne will be able to see technology in operation for themself. There will be live demonstrations of several types of 3D printer in Passage 4/5, where their manufacturers will explain possible applications. weiterlesen…

Eisen 2014 Award Short-List Announced

Der Eisen Award 2014


This year saw no fewer than 80 nominations for the 2014 Eisen Award, from which the selectors have chosen a short-list of 13 companies. The Awards will be announced and presented at the Cologne International Hardware Fair annual Welcome Party on the first evening of the fair on 9 March, to be held in the Theater am Tanzbrunnen. A quick glance at the calendar shows there are only very few days to go: the world’s leading hardware trade fair in Cologne is poised for lift-off and the temperature is rising – for visitors and exhibitors alike. This year sees the second round of Eisen Awards under the joint auspices of the Cologne Fair, the ZHH Zentralverband Hartwarenhandel and BHB Handelsverband Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten trade associations. weiterlesen…

Eisenwarenmesse in a nutshell – get the new app

Mobile App Eisenwarenmesse

From March 9 through to March 12, the industry and specialist dealers will be meeting up at EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair in Cologne. If you would like to have all information on exhibitors, products and prices at your fingertips, you should download the official trade fair app.

The official app for the Eisenwarenmesse can be downloaded for Android, iOS and BlackBerry mobile devices from the respective app stores. Serving as an interactive event guide, the app provides a comprehensive list of exhibitors and products, a hall plan as well as information on the supporting programme. If you want to keep an eye on current trade fair news, you can find anything you need to know in the integrated news section. weiterlesen…

New products at the International Hardware Fair 2014


Tools, industry supplies, fasteners and fixings – this year again, the International Hardware Fair Cologne presents numerous highlights and innovations from various sectors. From the 9th to the 12th of March, more than 2,600 exhibitors from 50 countries will showcase their new and updated products to the public. weiterlesen…

hagebau issues Materials Management App



Many hardware Apps are primarily intended for end-users, but hagebau’s ‘AppOne’ just issued provides decision-takers in the supply chain with flexible access to the stock control system from any place at any time. For example, statistics and contact details can be called up in real time. weiterlesen…

Trends at the 2014 Hardware Fair: Safety First!



Each year some 500,000 ladder accidents happen in Germany alone. This shocking number highlights the need to ensure that all types of climbing aids are absolutely safe and secure. Sometimes, just a small detailed improvement can make all the difference to safe support for a ladder or scaffolding. For example, when a ladder frequently stands on a wet or oily surface, an anti-slip aid is vital.