Insights-X confirms its place as a brand fair for the international stationery sector

Taking place for the fourth time, Insights-X has clearly matured into a brand trade fair. 5,512 trade buyers (2017: 5,578) from 92 countries travelled to Nuremberg from 4 to 6 October 2018 to experience for themselves the unique atmosphere of Insights-X and to see the strong suppliers it attracts. Compared to last year this was a positive result, given that organiser Spielwarenmesse eG was forced to shorten the stationery expo by a day due to the public holiday on 3 October. Opening for three rather than the customary four days, the event featured 311 exhibitors from 39 countries, showcasing innovative office supplies, back-to-school and hobby articles. This was complemented by a diverse supporting programme which underlined once more the creative and activity-led character of this show.

Ernst Kick, CEO of Spielwarenmesse eG, concluded: "Insights-X has grown from a discovery fair to a genuine brand fair that is synonymous with quality all on an international level." Global interest among industry representatives is as high as ever with 56 percent of exhibitors and 44 percent of visitors wending their way to Nuremberg from abroad. The industry members had at their disposal an extended area of 26,500m in three halls, providing specialist retailers and buyers with an even wider range of products across six product groups: Writing Utensils and Equipment, Paper and Filing, Artistic and Creative, Desktop, Bags and Accessories as well as Stationery and Gift Articles.

A decisive motivation for participating in the fair both for exhibitors and visitors is its perfect autumn timing. CEO Michael Giovas of the eponymous company from Greece concluded: "It's really important that Insights-X takes place in October since all the similar trade fairs are too late for our industry." The suppliers benefit greatly from the event's special flair.

Based on visitor feedback, the programme at the InsightsArena offered the best display yet. Both the engaging workshops in the Atelier and the PartnerLounge for the 19 participating associations and buying groups were all extremely well attended. Retailers and buyers were delighted with all aspects of the fair. The majority were from the paper, stationery and back-to-school trade and 87 percent were decision-makers. Several trade associations used the synergies at Insights-X to stage parallel events.

Next year, the expo will once again take place over four days: from Wednesday, 9 October to Saturday, 12 October 2019. The additional working day will benefit, above all, the many international trade visitors with long journeys, as it will enable them to spend more time at the fair. The decision to stage the expo a week later also avoids any clashes with the German public holiday on 3 October. An additional change is that Hall 3C will be used in future, replacing Hall 3. The newly built hall is extremely well connected to Halls 1 and 2, leading to shorter routes for visitors.

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