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Eisenwarenmesse sees spread of efficiency

BY HBSDEALER Staff

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. 

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Safety Works lures sales with TH3 Legends

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In fishing circles, they are royalty — Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance and Roland Martin.

Known collectively as “TH3 Legends,” the trio is involved in a successful licensing deal with Safety Works in the hand protection area. 

During the recent Orgill Spring Dealer Market in Orlando, Houston himself appeared at the Safety Works booth to promote the gloves, take pictures and, of course, swap fishing stories. 

The Safety Works licensing deal with TH3 Legends is about a year old, and building momentum said John Shields, VP of business development for the Wexford, Pa.-based company. “It’s been really strong for us,” Shields said.

The TH3 Legends have accumulated more than 100 years of combined TV show exposure, with long-running programs on NBC Sports. 

The TH3 Legends line includes waterproof cold weather gloves, fish grip gloves and camouflage gloves with LED lights.

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DeWalt offers new hammer drills

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DeWalt launched two new hammer drills — the D25721K with Shocks Active Vibration Control System and the D25723K with Shocks Active Vibration Control System and E-Clutch Anti-Rotational Technology.

The Shocks Active Vibration Control System and E-Clutch Anti-Rotational Technology are two features within the DeWalt Perform & Protect line of power tools.

The Active Vibration Control System provides less vibration and the E-Clutch Anti-Rotational Technology provides better control, the company said. These new models are designed for users performing applications such as dowling and chemical anchoring while working on roads and bridges, concrete forming, plumbing, and repair and restoration jobs.

“Hammer drills have the potential to rotate without warning during bind-up situations,” said Brian Koll, product manager, DeWalt. “Protecting the end user is a top priority for us, so we developed the Shocks Anti-Vibration Control System for vibration reduction and the E-Clutch technology for user control while drilling and demoing concrete.”

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