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The International Hardware Fair opens up to the future

Press conference in Hamburg: Katharina Hamma (m.), COO Koelnmesse, is expecting around 2 700 exhibitors for Eisenwarenmesse - International Hardware Fair Cologne.

Press conference in Hamburg: Katharina Hamma (m.), COO Koelnmesse, is expecting around 2 700 exhibitors for Eisenwarenmesse - International Hardware Fair Cologne.

Already 95 per cent of the space is booked for the Eisenwarenmesse - International Hardware Fair in Cologne. That is according to a report by Koelnmesse chief operating officer Katharina Hamma at a preliminary press conference in Hamburg. She is expecting around 2 700 exhibitors from more than 50 countries over a total of 144 000 m² exhibition space. It is reckoned that more than 60 percent of the number of visitors are coming from abroad.

Several new changes for the next edition of the fair from 4 - 7 March 2018 were also introduced at the press conference. For example the digitalisation theme will be given space. As part of the trade fair, a so-called dSummit (digital summit) will be held, which aims at also responding to the importance of increasing networking in the hardware industry. In addition, the trade fair organisers together with Fediyma, the European association of manufacturers, are setting up a so-called start-up village in which young companies can present their creative ideas. Amongst the selection committee is the trend researcher and futurist Richard Van Hooijdonk who is remembered by the participants of the two previous Global DIY Summits as the man who had a chip implanted. There will also be a special exhibition on the topic of 3D printing.

Also, in cooperation with the future agency Haute Innovation from Berlin, a special exhibition is being organised which will offer an insight into the world of tomorrow. More than 30 future technology exhibits which are already available today will be on show.

|27 November 2017


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