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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 perfect green cut

 

Will we soon see Tarzan and Jane swinging on vines between high-rise buildings? A dream from the Jungle Book? Not necessarily, if you live in Singapore. And this kind of sustainable architecture is now spreading green shoots through Europe, creating a great new opportunity for the tool industry. read more…

TÜV Rheinland: DINplus Quality Mark for Hand Tools

 

The range of hand tools on sale is enormous and consumers searching for a particular kind of tool are faced with a plethora of choice, making the final decision very difficult. However, research has shown that there are very significant differences in the qualities and quality of hand tools; there are frequent criticisms with respect to finish, quality, effectiveness and manipulation. The highly respected independent technical quality assessment bureau TÜV Rheinland has decided to provide guidance by awarding the DINplus and DIN Certco quality mark, to tools that it has checked and found satisfactory in all respects. read more…

Rhodius Cutting Disc Saves Time and Money

 

Fast, precise and clean – that’s the new All-in-One diamond cutting disc from Rhodius Schleifwerkzeuge, which simplifies cutting apertures in brickwork. The innovative process saves time and money, and cuts slots up to 30 mm wide in a single pass. read more…

Great Hardware Fair for Scheppach

 

The chief executive of Scheppach Stephan W. Müller has expressed greay satisfaction with his company’s results at the Cologne International Hardware Fair:  “We gained positive feedback from countless key contacts both from Germany and many other countries around the world; this has given our business a boost to our recent strategic decisions.” This medium-sized enterprise finished the fair in Cologne very optimistic for business in the year to come. read more…

Wera Hits the Target with Bits and Bit Holder System

 

The new bits and holder system from Wera has been short-listed for an Eisen 2012 prize by the jury. The system was designed to meet the increased requirements for industrial impact drivers and highly robust screw connections. The generation of power tools now in use creates forces that can rapidly lead to the destruction of previous impact drive systems. read more…

Record Sales: German Machine Tool Sales Grew by 33 Percent in 2011

 

At its recent annual press conference in Frankfurt am Main the VDW Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers reported sales for 2011 at a record value of 13.1 billion Euros. The VDW chairman Martin Kapp said: “This is the highest increase ever achieved by our sector.” read more…

“Eisen” Award: The Nominations Line-up

 

It is now but a few days to the 2012 Cologne International Hardware Fair, which will also have an attractive supporting programme of events, meetings for members of various business interest groups, and award ceremonies. One undoubted highlight this year will be launch of the new Eisen innovation prize, whose jury has just announced the list of finalist exhibitors. The jury made a pre-selection, aided by the Cologne Fair and ZHH Central Association of Hardware Retailers; products under consideration are tools, industrial supplies, fixtures and fittings, hinges and hardware components. The award-winners will be announced at the traditional welcome party to be held on the evening of 4 March in Theater am Tanzbrunnen near the fair. read more…

Firewood and Christmas Trees

 

Even those determined to ignore Christmas will by now have noted that it has arrived – so there is no escape. The shops are full of customers right up to closing time, with last minute shoppers whichever way you look. This matches with the latest HDE Association of German Retailers’ survey, which reports last week’s sales as being slightly above those of the previous two weeks: HDE chief executive Stefan Genth: “This year, last-minute sales will be very strong.” The HDE had forecast that this year’s November and December sales would be 1.5 percent above those of the comparable period for 2010. That would be commensurate with total sales of 78 billion Euros. read more…