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Cologne 2014 International Hardware Fair: Final Round-Up

Impressionen_Eisenwarenmesse

 

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.” read more…

The 2014 International Cologne Hardware Fair: Highlights Day Two!

Highlights

 

There was a plethora of highlights on Day One of the Hardware Fair: presentations to partners of the PVH; more exciting presentations in the EISENforum; and of course the Welcome Party with presentation of the EISEN Awards. And so the show goes on, at the same tempo! read more…

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. read more…

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. read more…

Infotainment at the Eisenwarenmesse

Hardware Lounge, Speakers Corner, BME Einkäufertag, Vortrag RA Sebastian Schröder BME, Passage 4/5

 

From 9 to 12 March the International Hardware Fair will be open to visitors from around the world, presenting a comprehensive array of tools, industrial supplies, fasteners, fittings and DIY-products. In addition there will be an attractive supporting programme. Here a brief overview: read more…

Focus on the Customer

Baumarktkongress

 

“Integrate your clients – who buys what and why?” That’s the motto at the fore of the 14th BHB International Home Improvement Congress to be held in Mainz on 4-5 December this year. Participants can look forward to a series of top presentations from DIY-market insiders. There will be further keynote speakers with presentations on retailing, the provision of advice and market research. read more…

Eisen 2014 Award: Apply Now!

Ausstellung EISEN 2012, Mittelboulevard

 

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. read more…

Industry Association: International Construction Record Level

Götz Wrage

The German Construction Industry Association (Hauptverband der deutschen Bauindustrie) reports that last year the value of its members’ foreign operations were up nine percent to approximately 32 billion Euros, a new record level. During the same period, members took new foreign orders valued at 33 billion Euros, the second highest annual volume since 2010. read more…

German toolmakers export sales up

fwi

 

Last year German tool manufacturers sold products to the tune of 3.8 billion Euros – an increase of 1.4 percent on the previous year. And that, even though there was a general cooling of the economy in 2012, as reported by the German FWI Tool Trade Association. The traditionally healthy level of tool exports held up well in 2012, with export orders up by 1.8 percent on the previous year, though there was a later decline in the rate of growth. There was considerable variation in the markets. Tool exports to other European countries were down about 1.5 percent.  There was a sharp decline in sales to Greece (-19.9 %), Italy (- 12.5 %) and Spain (- 13 %), while sales were up in Russia (+ 18,2 %) and the USA (+ 12.9 %). At present, the USA is the biggest customer, accounting for 8.4 % of German tool exports in 2012. read more…

DIY-Retail Sales Steady in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

BHB

 

From 2009 German home improvement retail sales grew steadily, but there was a slight decline from 2011 to 2012: total turnover for German DIY sales was about 18.6 billion Euros, a slight nominal decline of 0.6 percent. Set against turnover per square metre retail space, DIY-sales were slightly down by 0.8 percent. read more…

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