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April 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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GLOBAL CHANGES DETERMINE BUSINESS CLIMATE AT WIRE AND TUBE 2016

Industry 4.0 and worldwide steel crisis most discussed topics among exhibitors

At the recent concurrent staging of wire 2016, International Wire and Cable Trade Fair, and Tube 2016, International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany, more than 2,600 international exhibitors presented their innovations to 69,500 trade visitors from 130 countries. On 1.1 million square feet of net exhibit space in 16 halls, the companies showcased the latest machinery, equipment and products from the wire, cable and tube processing industry - a new record in the trade fairs’ long success story.

“The fact that more exhibitors than ever participated in Düsseldorf proves that the wire, cable and tube industries loyally stand by their leading trade fairs wire and Tube even in tough economic times,” stated Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director at Messe Dusseldorf. Busy trade fair halls and many business deals were the result of five high-energy trade fair days.

wire and Tube 2016 took place during a difficult business climate: global economic upheaval, a worldwide steel crisis, new worldwide climate regulations and a classic industry on its way to the new Industry 4.0 digital age.

“Major deals are made in Düsseldorf. wire and Tube serve as the global communication and business platform for industry heavyweights, SMEs and international associations alike,” noted Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director for Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf.

wire 2016:
wire Düsseldorf celebrated a 30-year success story. At the premiere in 1986, 488 exhibitors from 23 countries and about 21,000 trade visitors took part – with some 45% coming from abroad.

With 1,337 exhibitors from 53 countries on a net exhibition area of 642,600 square feet, wire 2016 showcased wire manufacturing and finishing machinery, process engineering tools and auxiliary materials as well as materials, special wires and cables. Innovations from measurement, control, test engineering and other specialized sectors were also on display.

As in the past, companies from Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, Sweden and Germany were strongly represented at wire 2016. In addition, large overseas contingents came from the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan and China. From the U.S., 79 companies exhibited at wire 2016, including 33 exhibitors within the North American Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and with the Wire and Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA) as the sponsor.

High internationality and professional competence once again characterized the visitors at the 2016 events. Exhibitors were pleased with their customer contacts and deals. “A lot of traffic at our stand at wire, which once again underscored the event’s aspiration as the world’s leading trade fair. A very international, highly competent audience from Europe and North America. Particularly gratifying was the high number of concrete projects. The great response to the introduction of smartfactory 4.0 products, services and ideas is WAFIOS’ answer to the Industry 4.0 challenge,” said Dr. Christoph Müller-Mederer, Sales and Marketing Director of WAFIOS AG Reutlingen.

“We’d like to congratulate Messe Düsseldorf on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of wire Düsseldorf and wish them all the best for another 30 successful years. It was another well-executed event and the expectations of our members were fully met,” added Stefan Szkudlapski, Spokesman and Networking Manager of netzwerkdraht, a German association of small and medium-sized wire companies.

Tube 2016:
On over 554,300 square feet of net exhibition space, the 1,278 exhibitors from 51 countries covered the entire range of pipe and tube manufacturing, processing and trade. The spectrum included raw materials, pipes, tubes and accessories, machinery for the production of pipes and tubes, pre-owned machinery as well as process engineering tools, auxiliary materials, measuring, control and test engineering. Pipelines, OCTG technology, profiles, machinery and the Plastic Tube Forum (PTF) complemented the line-up.

The largest exhibitor contingents at Tube 2016 were from Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Germany. The greatest overseas exhibitor contingents came from the U.S., India, South Korea and China. From the U.S., 40 companies showed their products, with 12 exhibitors participating in the North American Pavilion also organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as co-sponsors.

The SMS group considers Tube and wire Düsseldorf among the most important events worldwide. “Tube and wire distinguish themselves with their great international mix of exhibitors and visitors”, commented Dr. Guido Kleinschmidt, a member of the SMS group’s management team. “The excellent feedback received at this leading trade fair for our newly introduced automation solutions and complete plants validates our development of efficient production equipment for tubes and long products.”

With the slogan “Mannesmann – The Tube”, the Salzgitter Group presented a diverse product range at Tube 2016 - from precision tubes to large tubes for energy pipelines. “For 130 years, Mannesmann has been synonymous with highest-quality steel tubes. That’s why we aspire to further develop this segment,” explained Salzgitter AG’s Corporate Communications Director Bernhard Kleinermann.

Trade fair visitors:
The vast majority of the attendees gave wire and Tube 2016 excellent ratings. Most of the 69,500 visitors were from Germany, Italy, Turkey, France, Poland and the Netherlands. The share of international trade fair guests was very high at 65%, with about a third travelling from overseas. Some 75% of the visitors were executives with decision-making authority. Overall, the willingness to invest at the two trade fairs continued to increase and 60% of the attendees stated that they found new suppliers.

The next concurrent staging of wire and Tube will take place from April 16 – 20, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at wire or Tube 2018, 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/WireTube_MDNA

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