International stage for hardware
Increasingly, the international language of home improvement has a strong digital accent. At the upcoming International Hardware Fair Cologne, slated for March 4-7 in Germany, two of the themes to play out on the show floor will be online marketing and the optimization of all things digital.
Organizers of “Eisenwarenmesse” – the German language equivalent of “hardware fair” – recognize that much has changed in the digital realm since the last fair two years ago.
“In order to be able to survive in the future against the Internet giants, the stationary trade will have to emphasize its strengths, i.e. the service offer and added value, more strongly than ever before,” said Enrico Laskowski, executive director of Grenzland Baugeräte Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG from Hückelhoven. “We are convinced that we will receive valuable stimuli for our business at the coming Eisenwarenmesse – International Hardware Fair Cologne."
But the communication of the dealer with his customers is only one side of the digital world. In the future, more and more processes have to be carried out on a digital basis in the dialogue with the suppliers and other partners.
According to Koelnmesse, “Intelligent networking” is the magic word of the digital age. In the automated factory, machines, components, tools as well as transport and conveying equipment are equipped with sensors and communication systems – and are therefore able to exchange and evaluate enormous amounts of data in real time to produce goods at unprecedented speed and efficiency. The flow of information and data is not limited to production: Trade, logistics, service and even customers become part of the process chain.
This development requires intelligent technology: from complex control and monitoring solutions to tools. An example: Integration-ready torque wrenches with radio modules and sensor technology.
In the course of digitalization, the Smart Home area is also gaining in importance. Studies indicate that this market will reach a volume of around 4.3 billion euros ($5.27 billion) by 2022. The intelligent networking of various house functions such as heating, air-conditioning and lighting calls for increasingly powerful, compact and convenient electronic components. How far technology has already been developed in the meantime is demonstrated, for example, by radio switches with self-learning coding, which are increasingly adapting to the individual needs of users.
The industry celebrates City of Hope
Orlando, Fla. — It started with a virtual tour of a California cancer-treatment facility, continued with a former patient’s medical success story and concluded with the handing over of an oversized $700,000 check.
Those were some of the highlights of the Hardware/Homebuilding Industry’s Spirit of Life fundraising gala for City of Hope. The night’s special spotlight fell on Behr Process Corp. President Jeff Filley, the 2018 City of Hope Spirit of Life honoree.
The hardware/homebuilding industry during its 35 years of existence has raised about $150 million in its 35 years of partnership with the Duarte, Calif.-based disease treatment and research facility.
In his remarks, Filley described how the employees of Southern California-based Behr have been able to witness the operation of the world-famous City of Hope with their own eyes. “They do amazing work and they save lives,” he said. “Nothing is more important than that.” Among the lives saved was Filley’s own mother, who received cancer treatment at City of Hope.
“We’re very humbled to be the Spirit of Life recipient,” he said.
The ceremony also looked ahead to 2019’s Spirit of Life event, and announced the selection of Giles Bowman as 2019 honoree. Bowman is the senior VP of merchandising, building materials, for The Home Depot.
Along with an update on the medical advances, there was also a patient’s story, told by 26-year-old cancer survivor Nicole Schultz. She was diagnosed with a difficult-to-treat cancer as a freshman in high school. In an emotional speech, she thanked the industry for its fundraising and generosity. “I am standing here today because of the work being done at City of Hope,” she said.
Builders’ Show sets up shop in Orlando
Seventy thousand housing industry professionals and at least one Hall of Fame quarterback are descending on Orlando, Florida this week. The reason: the 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show, the largest annual light construction trade show in the world. The pros will benefit from the latest in building product innovation and information, while the quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, will deliver a speech.
IBS returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11 where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show for the 5th annual Design & Construction Week.
The show will feature an exhibit floor with more than 1,500 exhibitors spanning more than 580,000 square feet of exhibit space, representing housing-related companies from across the world. In addition to the show floor exhibits, IBS will also showcase a number of homes in the IBS Outdoor Exhibits. The co-location with KBIS will include another 700 exhibitors and 420,000 square feet of exhibit space that registered IBS attendees will have access to as well. The combined shows will fill the entire OCCC and expand into the parking lots.
Show attendees will also have access to more than 140 education sessions led by renowned experts on a wide range of industry topics. Other opportunities for learning include special show floor product demos, the High Performance Building Zone featuring a series of interactive sessions on sustainable technologies and IBS Live sessions focusing on what's next in home building.
Other highlights of the show include a keynote address from Bradshaw, the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, and the IBS Spike Closing Concert where attendees will close out the week by enjoying a performance of greatest hits from legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Chicago.