Analog is out, digital is in, and efficiency is here to stay.
That’s according to the organizers of the 2014 International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany. The three-day event wrapped up last week, but the trends carry on in the form of “improved efficiency, ergonomics and digitality” across all hardware segments.
Manufacturers of power tools displayed more brushless motors, designed to make the tools increasingly lightweight and powerful, while at the same time more maintenance-free. This trend goes hand in hand with improved battery pack technology in the power tool aisle.
In the lamps sector, LED was at the forefront with impressive credentials: LEDs use up to 80% less energy than conventional light sources, while offering a service life of up to 50,000 hours.
Among the accessory products, lockable padded compartments as well as powerful brakes for the increased stability of workshop trolleys were popular on the trade fair floor, according to organizers. Also, anti-slip retrofit kits that are simply clipped onto the ladder provide extra stability were popular.
In the building technology sector, organizers saw a trend toward mobile communications: Impressive technology was presented ranging from a control app for the plug socket to energy-saving radio technology for blinds and marquees.
Organizers of the 39th International Hardware Fair (Internationale Eisenwarenmesse) in Cologne, Germany, pointed to increased vendor participation in their post show tally of attendance.
From 53 countries, 2,783 suppliers were on hand at the Koelnmesse trade fair grounds.
"We are delighted that we were able to record a 4.5% increase in the number of exhibitors compared with the previous event. Furthermore, the number of trade visitors remained stable, and the international nature of the fair has further increased," said Katharina C. Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse.
Including estimates for the last day, the fair attracted around 50,000 trade visitors from 136 countries, of which around 63% came from abroad. The 2012 event generated 53,500 visitors, from 132 countries, of which 61% came from outside Germany.