Quality and innovation in sheet metal working lead the way to Industry 4.0

2017 10 03 064909EuroBLECH 2018, the 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, will take place from 23 – 26 October 2018 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. One year ahead of the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition, which is once again occupying eight halls in Hanover, the stand reservation at the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions has already begun. The last event in 2016 closed with very positive results: with 1,505 exhibitors from 41 countries exhibiting on a net exhibition space of 87,800 square metres and 60,636 visitors from 102 countries.

For the next event, besides major topics such as lightweight construction, hybrid production processes and additive manufacturing, the main focus will be on networked manufacturing. Increasing efficiency, improvement in performance of machines and systems, networking of components and predictive maintenance to reduce downtimes – these are the key points of Industry 4.0. To implement this trend in production reality it is vital to introduce high-quality sophisticated systems as well as innovative software and all-in-one systems. In addition, the Factory of the Future is based upon increased data security as well as company-wide cooperation to develop new solutions.

“The first applicable systems of Industry 4.0 have already been presented at EuroBLECH 2016. In the meantime, the development continues rapidly. Now it will be exciting to see how this trend further evolves and will be established in the production industry – from small and medium-sized companies to large corporations. Hence, this offers enormous opportunities and potential to manufacturers and suppliers of machinery and solutions in the sheet metal working industry”, says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers of EuroBLECH, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

“We are therefore very pleased to offer our exhibitors once again a high-quality international platform for the presentation of their latest machines, systems and solutions. At EuroBLECH 2018, they will be able to present these to a specialised trade audience who are ready to invest in the latest technology. EuroBLECH 2018 will take place for the 25th time in its history, and as the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition, will once again be the showcase for technological development and the economic trend barometer. It will be building the platform to support the sheet metal working industry in its long-term development”, continues Nicola Hamann.

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EuroBLECH 2018 is once again occupying halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. From conventional machines and systems to latest technologies, the EuroBLECH exhibition profile is clearly structured and covers the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding, tube/section processing, surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, machine elements, quality control, CAD/CAM/CIM systems, factory equipment and research & development. For interested companies to be placed in their respective technology sector, the organisers suggest to reserve their stand space as soon as possible.

For companies interested in exhibiting at EuroBLECH 2018 an exhibitor brochure is available to order in three languages. The brochure contains information regarding the exhibition, available stand options as well as further details regarding the show. The newly designed show website www.euroblech.com offers detailed information about the international event, such as an exhibition profile, facts and figures about the show, details for stand bookings and an online reservation form, an interactive floor plan as well as video footage and photos of the previous event. With its modern responsive design the new show website is user-friendly for desktop as well as mobile use.


2014-11-25 070856EuroBLECH 2014, the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, closed its doors today in Hanover, Germany, after five successful exhibition days. A total of 59,600 trade visitors came to visit the world’s biggest sheet metal working show to find out about the latest technology trends for sheet metal processing. A record number of 1,573 exhibitors from 38 countries put a wide range of innovative solutions, cutting edge technology and an enormous amount of live machine demonstration on display, on a total net floor space of 86,500 square metres.

While the exhibitor numbers were up by 5% compared to the previous show, and the exhibition space increased by 3%, the visitor numbers remained basically the same. The results of the preliminary visitor survey showed a further shift towards highly qualified trade visitors.

“The prevailing mood at the show was positive throughout. There was lively trading activity in the eight exhibition halls and many exhibiting companies reported large numbers of international business contacts and buoyant sales figures. A first analysis of the exhibitor survey shows that participating companies were highly satisfied with the outcome of EuroBLECH 2014. A vast majority of exhibitors were able to fully or largely reach their target groups; they praised the quality of trade visitors and the internationality of the audience”, explains Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the show organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

The busy atmosphere at EuroBLECH 2014 reflects the overall positive outlook of the sheet metal working sector. The exhibition survey shows that companies assess the current business climate as more favourable than two years ago. Approaching new markets was the main aim for the exhibitors at this year’s exhibition and EuroBLECH 2014 was more international than the previous exhibition.

“We are delighted to be able to report that 52% of our exhibitors came from outside Germany compared to 48% last time; and we could also increase our traditionally high percentage of international visitors. 38% of this year’s visitors came from outside Germany compared to 34% at the previous show,” says Nicola Hamann.

The first visitor survey data show that top visitor countries outside Germany were the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA .

2014-11-25 070923The quota of visitors from top management was, once again, very high (41% of all visitors), and there was a high percentage of visitors with decision making capacity (81% of all visitors). Almost half of all visitors came to EuroBLECH 2014 with the definite intention of buying.

EuroBLECH 2014 received excellent evaluations from both, visitors and exhibitors, from inside and outside Germany. Participants were highly satisfied, particularly with the comprehensive range of products on offer and with the international flavour of the exhibition. More than two thirds of all exhibiting companies intend to exhibit again at the next show. EuroBLECH 2016 will take place from 25 – 29 October 2016, in Hanover, Germany.

Next year, Mack Brooks Exhibitions will again hold a series of sheet metal working exhibitions in selected target markets. BLECH Russia 2015 will take place from 24 – 26 March 2015 in St. Petersburg and BLECH India from 22 – 25 April 2015 in Mumbai. The first AsiaBLECH will be held from 11-13 May 2016 in Suzhou, China. AsiaBLECH will replace and enhance BLECH China which has taken place successfully since 2013.

Information on EuroBLECH is available at www.euroblech.com and on the BLECH events at www.blechevents.com.

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Sheet Metal Working Industry Keeps Focus on International Business

From 21-25 October 2014 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry fair EuroBLECH 2014 in Hanover, Germany. A total of 1,411 exhibitors from 41 countries have to-date booked their stands, covering 86,500 m2 of net floor space across eight halls of the Hanover Exhibition Centre. This represents a 3% increase in exhibition space compared to the previous show.

Major exhibitor countries next to Germany are Italy, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria and the USA. Half of all exhibiting companies come from outside Germany. This high percentage of international exhibitors once again confirms EuroBLECH’s position as the world’s No 1 exhibition for the sheet metal working industry. It also demonstrates that the industry sector continues to focus on international business contacts in order to be successful with their products in the long run.

“The sheet metal working industry is currently facing an economic environment of diverse regional market situations within our globalised world. In addition, there is a demand for an ever-growing choice of products which needs to be met by using innovative and flexible fabrication processes. In this challenging but highly promising environment, it is essential for companies in the sheet metal working industry to invest in innovative technologies and tailor-made machines and systems. Intelligent process chains and efficient networks are indispensable,” explains Nicola Hamann, Exhibition Director EuroBLECH on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

Smart solutions for modern production

“As the technological showcase and business barometer of the sheet metal working industry, EuroBLECH offers its audience a comprehensive overview of the prevailing technological trends. For companies in sheet metal working looking to find suitable machinery and smart solutions for modern production, the exhibition is the key global event. Visitors can find an extensive product range, from conventional systems through to advanced, high-tech processes and also gain an overview of what is available worldwide,” says Nicola Hamann.

The show profile of the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition represents the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding, tube / section processing, surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, quality control, CAD/CAM systems, factory equipment and R&D. EuroBLECH 2014 will once again be held in halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 27 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds.

With its dedicated exhibition profile, EuroBLECH targets all sheet metal working specialists at every management level in small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises. Visitors include engineers, production managers, quality managers, buyers, manufacturers, technical directors and experts in associations and R&D.

Visitor information

A visitor brochure including important information for trade visitors to EuroBLECH 2014 can now be ordered in twelve separate language versions at www.euroblech.com. The show website also offers detailed information about the exhibition as well as photos and videos, an up-to-date exhibitor list and useful tips on travel and accommodation.

Interested visitors can also subscribe to the EuroBLECH Bulletin, a regular online newsletter offering the latest updates on the exhibition as well as industry news and articles about the products being showcased in October in Hanover.

The show website also features the EuroBLECH Job Board. Specialists in sheet metal working looking for a new challenge in their career can reach employers worldwide. Job vacancies and candidate profiles are advertised on the EuroBLECH website, through the exhibition app which will be live two weeks before the show, as well as on-site at the exhibition. Taking part as a candidate is free of charge and further details are available within the visitor section of the website.

EuroBLECH 2014 is open from Tuesday, 21st October to Friday, 24th October 2014, from 09.00 – 18.00 and on Saturday, 25th October 2014, from 09.00 – 15.00. 

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