On tap in Cologne: education
The organizers of the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse — the International Hardware Fair coming to Cologne, Germany March 6-8 — promise to deliver a daily schedule of education and interaction.
"We have further developed Eisenwarenmesse – International Hardware Fair 2016 in order to accommodate the industry's needs and trends more efficiently," explained Katharina C. Hamma, COO of Koelnmesse GmbH. "The number of registrations proves that we are on the right track. Our trade visitors can once again look forward to an excellent range of high-quality offers as well as a supply of information that deals with the hot themes of the industry."
Around 2,700 exhibitors from over 50 countries will be exhibiting.
One of the new features of the wide-ranging international event will be an E-Commerce arena in Passage 4/5, where online suppliers such as nexmart, mercateo, PROCATO and Toolineo will be present with their own trade fair participations.
The area will receive special attention and even more space on Sunday, when the E-Commerce Theme Day will be staged featuring its own lecture program on the stage next to the E-Commerce arena sponsored by SSI Schäfer. Here, everything will revolve around the opportunities and risks of E-Commerce as well as the company presentations of the online suppliers. As a further trade fair highlight, the results of the brief study "B2B marketplaces 2016 – what it really comes down to," which Koelnmesse jointly carried out with the IFH Cologne, will be exclusively presented to the trade visitors.
For visitors from Canada, Mexico and the United States, a reception in the North American Pavilion is set for Monday night in Hall 4.2.
Also on Monday, the German Association of the DIY, Building and Garden Specialist Stores (BHB) is welcoming decision-makers from the trade, industry and service sector to the BHB Forum 2016 at the Theater am Tanzbrunnen. Here, the BHB Customer Service Prize will be presented to companies from the DIY industry that stand out by rendering special services in the customer service sector. The award is conferred in the three categories "Product and Process Innovation," "Solution-oriented communications at the Point of Sale" and "Strategic overall marketing".
On Tuesday, the Matchmaking Programme Buying Day of the Presidents Council offers exclusive discussions with potential and international buyers.
The trade fair takes place every other year in the massive Koelnmesse convention facility in Cologne.
U.S. companies to plant flag in Europe
An international flavor of home improvement will be served in Cologne, Germany March 6-8, as the Eisenwarenmesse International Hardware Fair takes place.
More than 2,700 suppliers from 50 countries will showcase their Hardware & DYI products. Halls will be arranged by product categories in following segments: Tools, Industrial Supplies, Fixing & Fastening Systems, Fittings and Home Improvement Products.
IHF regularly attracts export-minded U.S and Canadian companies seeking worldwide distribution to Cologne. For the 2016 edition close to 80 U.S. and 7 Canadian companies will make the trip, among them the U.S. brands Channellock, Cobra, Goldblatt, Honeywell, Little Giant Ladder, Tough Build and True Value. Canada will be present with seven exhibitors led by Cobra Anchors and Swift Green Filters.
More than 50% of the U.S. companies will take part in product specific U.S. Pavilions offered by Koelnmesse Inc., the North American arm of the organizer. The largest group with 22 companies will be located in the Industry Supply Hall 4.2. Additional U.S. group exhibits will be located in the Tool halls 10.1/10.2 and Home Improvement halls 5.1/5.2. The show is pleased to have the American Hardware Manufacturers Association back for their 27th exhibition. They will exhibit with 7 member companies in the AHMA pavilion located in Hall 4.2.
“Our U.S. Pavilion program has really taken off due to its convenience and the new look of our U.S. turnkey exhibits,” says Mette Petersen, president of Koelnmesse. “Compared to the last event we increased Pavilion participation by 21%. For the first time we now also offer a U.S. Product Showcase enabling companies with small budgets to be present in Cologne.”
Industry veteran joins National Hardware Show
Reed Exhibitions announced today that John Shields has joined the National Hardware Show team supporting the brand's attendee programs and extending its strong relationships with hardware and home improvement professionals.
John Shields comes to the National Hardware Show with over 30 years of experience in the industry from MSA, the Hunter Fan Company, Servistar Corporation and Stanley Hardware.
"I am excited to bring my industry experience to the National Hardware Show team where I can assist in exceeding the expectations for both the attending and exhibiting customers. I am ready to continue my industry involvement, especially with this annual event, our industry Show, where we come together to be educated, make new business contacts, view new products and renew old friendships" says Shields.
Rich Russo, Vice President of the National Hardware Show said "We are thrilled to have John on board—his many years of experience in the hardware industry and with the Show as a member of our Advisory Board will allow him to play an integral role in the future direction of the Show. He will help to create programs to best support our buyers, suppliers and all hardware industry professionals for years to come."