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May 2014

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
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Chicago, IL 60601


The premiere staging of TOS+H EXPO, the first Turkish Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition in Istanbul, achieved very positive results with 3,540 visitors and 90 exhibitors participating. The event reflected Turkey’s development into an attractive and multi-faceted market for suppliers of protective equipment due to its unusually large labor force and above-average economic growth. Together with the simultaneously held VII. International Occupational Safety Conference (organized by the Turkish Ministry for Labour and Social Security), TOS+H EXPO 2014 provided a comprehensive communication platform for the latest in personal protection and health and safety at the workplace.

“The excellent exhibitor and visitor participation is a clear sign of the growing interest in occupational safety and personal protective equipment in Turkey. With TOS+H EXPO, we and our partners have created a successful entry into a new and extremely interesting future market. We will certainly continue on this path,” stated Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of the organizer Messe Düsseldorf. The company is renowned as the organizer of A+A - the leading international trade fair for this sector held every two years in Düsseldorf, Germany. Turkey was the partner country at A+A 2013. Messe Düsseldorf managed TOS+H 2014 together with the local trade fair organizer Tezulas Fuar.

Top international companies such as uvex, Honeywell, 3M, Werksitz, Bata, Mapa, Innotech and Ansell Healthcare Europe as well as Turkish companies including Kaya Group, Yakupogullari and Ismont presented their personal protection products at TOS+H EXPO 2014. The trade fair also received valuable support from TIGIAD – the Turkish Association for Manufacturers of Occupational Safety Products. Several member companies were represented at the event.

The key topic at the VII. International Occupational Safety Conference was “The Development of Occupational Health and Safety in Corporations”. Legal reforms, preventative trends and innovations in occupational health and safety management were presented in seminars and lectures.

The next TOS+H EXPO is scheduled for May 2016. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at TOS+H EXPO 2016, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit our web site http://www.mdna.com; Subscribe to our blog http://blog.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/OccSafety_MDNA


Gerald Haas, Managing Director, uvex Arbeitsschutz GmbH: “A great platform for uvex to present our brand and our newest product innovations to an extremely broad audience. TOS+H EXPO exceeded our expectations. We will definitely participate again in 2016.”

Stefan Milewski, Sales Manager, Werksitz GmbH: “The awareness of ergonomics is growing incredibly in Turkey. TOS+H EXPO offers an ideal platform for our products. One out of two conversations led to a request for a quote.”

Klaus Bornack, Owner, Bornack GmbH & Co KG, Board Member of IVPS and Chairman of the A+A Exhibitors Advisory Committee: “TOS+H EXPO in Istanbul was a first and immediately successful attempt of positioning a winning trade fair concept in the Turkish occupational safety growth market. A professional exhibition framework facilitated excellent trade conversations for us. The level of interest from the multitude of visitors surprised and delighted us.”

Sebastian Friedrich Mohrwind, International Sales Director, Innotech Arbeitsschutz GmbH: “TOS+H completely and thoroughly exceeded our expectations.”

K.S. Ratra, Director at RFB LATEX LIMITED: “TOS+H has been perfectly organized. I was looking to make an entry in the Turkish market and I am very positive to start a business relationship with at least two companies.”

Bruno Zwingmann, Managing Director at Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft: “The new trade fair TOS+H Expo is a highly attractive platform, which can be the reflection, and at the same time, engine for the economic and political development of occupational safety not only in Turkey itself, but also in the entire region and on an international level.”

Lutz Gruschka, Director of Sales and Marketing, BSD Bildungs und Servicezentrum GmbH: “We are seeing growth opportunities for the future in the Turkish market and the surrounding Mediterranean regions, and are looking to tap into this opportunity through our participation in TOS+H EXPO.”

Bram Schuit, International Marketing at Bata Industrials: “The most important target was to be in touch with our customers, distributors and end users. This was 100% fulfilled. Our brand which is now 120 years young was well recognized. We will be back in 2016.”

Halil Etyemez, Deputy Minister of Occupational Safety: “Turkey was the partner country at A+A 2013. For this reason, I visited A+A and was very impressed by the trade fair. I was delighted that A+A’s offspring, TOS+H EXPO, is taking place in Istanbul.”

Vedat Erdogan, Import-Export Manager, Ismont Textile Production and Marketing Co: “We are extremely satisfied with the organization and service at TOS+H EXPO. The team was extremely helpful and the cooperation worked beautifully. We plan to participate in the trade fair again in the future. TOS+H EXPO was very helpful for contacting new customers and closing business deals. We congratulate the organizers and wish them much success in the years to come.”

Cemal Öztürk, Marketing Manager, 3M Turkey: “There is a need for professionally organized trade fairs such as TOS+H EXPO in the industry. With that being said, TOS+H EXPO should be developed further and should take place on a regular basis. We would welcome it if the trade fair would begin on the second day of the conference and would run for four days.”

Hikmet Kütükcü, Sales Manager, SSA Kimya San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti: “We are very pleased and hope to be present at the next event with a larger exhibition area. Our thanks to the TOS+H EXPO team for their efforts.”

Pelin Korkmaz, HR, Q, Imp & Marketing Manager Draeger Safety Korunma Teknolojileri Ltd. Sti: “TOS+H EXPO was very good for us. The majority of the visitors at our stand were decision-makers from companies and institutions. We are very pleased with the visitor profile of the trade fair.”

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