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From London via Basel to Düsseldorf:
the history of wire, International Wire and Cable Fair

Premiere in Düsseldorf, Germany: in 1986, the first wire Düsseldorf was held at the fairgrounds by the Rhine River. But before it could develop here into the leading international trade fair for the sector, it had already been on an exciting journey through several European countries ….

Since 1988, wire, International Wire and Cable Fair, and Tube, International Tube Fair, have been held together at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center. Since then both events have consistently grown and established their positions as the No. 1 international trade fairs worldwide in their sectors.

Now, there are also satellite trade fairs worldwide covering the tube, wire and cable industry. wire Düsseldorf has successfully established regional satellite events in China, India, Thailand, Russia and South America.

wire: a success story in figures
In 1967 and 1970, the first “wire style exhibitions” with a space of 2,400 square meters were held in London. It quickly became clear that this was the meeting place for the growing British wire and cable industry.

Due to the central geographical location within Europe, the then British organizers decided to stage wire from 1972 on in a two-year cycle in Basel, Switzerland. In 1984, the show had grown into a successful international trade fair and the Basel Exhibition Center had become too small.

Starting in 1986, wire was held at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Located in the center of Europe, with ideal logistical connections to neighboring European and overseas countries, the Düsseldorf exhibition center proved to be the perfect location for the wire trade fair to this day.

In 1988, the Tube trade fair was launched in Düsseldorf and since then wire and Tube have been held concurrently in Düsseldorf.

Since 1988, the development of both trade fairs has been steep: wire began its Düsseldorf success story in 1986 with 488 exhibitors on net exhibition space of almost 27,000 square meters. At that time 21,000 trade visitors came to Düsseldorf to obtain information about the latest machinery and equipment from the wire and cable sectors.

Held in a two-year rotation, the number of participating companies continually increased until 2002. In 2002, it was already 1,096 exhibitors on 51,000 square meters. In 2004 there was a slight decline in exhibitors and space but despite the onset of the economic difficulties, the event achieved top result. In 2008, 53,600 square meters of exhibition space were occupied by 1,130 exhibitors. In 2010, the good result of 2008 levelled off, however coupled with the increase in exhibitors, there was a slight decline in rented exhibition space.

Today, in globally tense political and economic circumstances, the wire event is delivering a result which defies the general uncertainty on the world market: on over 59,000 square meters of exhibition space, it is showing wire-making and processing machines, tools and auxiliary aids for process technology along with materials, special wires and cables. In addition, innovations from the measuring, control and regulation technology sectors along with testing equipment and special areas are being presented.

wire 2016 is occupying Halls 9 to 13, 16 and 17 with the sectors wire, cable and glass fibre machinery, wire and cable products and retail. Innovations in forming technology are being shown in Hall 15. Hall 16 will house mesh welding machinery and spring manufacturing technology. Already two months before the start of wire, 1,330 exhibitors from 53 countries have registered.

Traditionally strongly represented are exhibitors from Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Great Britain, Sweden and Germany. There are also many registrations from overseas including the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan and China.

The latest information about wire 2016 in Düsseldorf is available at: http://www.wire-tradefair.com

(Figures: Last update February 2016)

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