Hardware Cologne

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…

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

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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…

Wiha: New Head of European Sales and Marketing

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Ronny Lindskog has been appointed the European head of sales and marketing for toolmakers Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH with effect from January 2014.  Previously Herr Lindskog worked for the Festool Group where he was responsible for automotive systems business. He was also chairman of the board for TTS Tooltechnic Systems (Shanghai) Ltd. weiterlesen…

Eisenwarenmesse 2014 – as always, clearly structured!

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Cologne’s 39th International Hardware Fair will run four days from 9 to 12 March 2014 with some 2,600 exhibitors from 50 countries. Together, they will show a truly comprehensive overview of just about everything that is required in the hardware trade. As in 2012, firms will be positioned in halls according to their main product categories. weiterlesen…

Eisen 2014 Award: Apply Now!

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For the second year the International Hardware Fair and Germany’s ZHH Central Association of Hardware Retailers are looking for Eisen-Award contest entrants with the best innovations in tools, fittings and fixtures, hardware mechanisms and industrial supplies. weiterlesen…

Hellweg wins the 2013 DIY-Test

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On behalf of news broadcaster N-TV the DISQ German Institute for Service Quality has undertaken a fifth undercover survey of home improvement stores. The survey made 108 visits to nine outlets, with the result that the average service level was graded as being good. However, there were some weaknesses – amongst other things, the waiting times customers had to endure. weiterlesen…

Dornbirn Fair Launch for ‘Gustav’

 

Somehow or other, a home-improvement or DIY-project always has an emotional aspect. Certainly, more than a few approach the project from an aesthetic or even sensual point of view. In that case, plan a visit to the new trade fair to be held on 26-27 October next year in Austria at Dornbirn. The preview day for Gustav – Zeit und Raum für guten Geschmack (‘Gustav – time and space for good taste’) will be on 25 October. The new fair is planned as an international Salon for consumer goods. The target customers are individuals in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland on the lookout for high quality products with excellent form and function. Products on show will range from the ‘Gustav Design’ segment, through bathrooms, interior decoration, gardens, tableware, domestic fabrics, kitchens, lighting and furniture to tools. weiterlesen…

Compressed Air, Any Time, Any Place

 

There are increasing numbers of new tools and devices driven by compressed air, a situation to which Prebena has responded with the Mobilio. It combines a supply of up to 23 bar with easy operation, and is a high-level professional unit designed to be used in any place with a requirement for supply away from a fixed installation. weiterlesen…

FWI Calls for Continued Effective Patent Laws in Germany

 

The FWI Toolmakers’ Association has criticised discussion on the proposed softening of German patent laws: “The discussion harms the interests of German tool and fixture manufacturers, their employees and end-users.” The Association points out that it is not only large corporations that benefit from patent rights; effective patent protection for products is also a vital lifeline for small and newly established businesses. The FWI chief executive Rainer Langelüddecke says: “Without such protection, innovative products would be immediately copied and introduced on a large scale, leaving smaller companies with no chance of growth or survival.” Small, innovative companies would be squashed by bigger companies, placing a brake on the design and development of new tools and fixtures.  weiterlesen…

New Product: Honing Tool Cuts Vehicle Oil and Fuel Consumption

 

The IWU Fraunhofer Institute for machine tools and metalworking has good reason to celebrate: a new type of adaptronic honing tool for precision manufacture of petrol and diesel piston engines. The resulting fine tolerances reduce the consumption of fuel and oil, and unwanted environmental emissions. weiterlesen…