The 9th Optatec – The Trade Fair Regarding Optical Technologies

In early summer of 2008 – the fairgrounds in Frankfurt/Main will once again glow in the light of "Optical Technologies". The 9th OPTATEC – the international trade fair regarding optical technologies, components, systems and production for the future - will take place from 17 - 20 June 2008. At half-time, i.e. between the last OPTATEC in 2006 and the next in 2008, the Project Manager Susanne Fuchs reports an extraordinary number of bookings. Currently, more than 60% of previous participants have rebooked and more are coming in all the time.

Expressed in absolute figures, this amounts to 182 exhibiting companies plus 30 co-exhibitors and additionally represented companies. In contrast, 2006 saw a total of 310 exhibitors plus 245 co-exhibitors and additionally represented companies. Consequentially, the proportion of direct exhibitors increased considerably, something which is also expressed in the enormous increase in exhibition area. Because the mentioned 182 exhibitors have already booked 73% of the hall area occupied for the last event. The currently occupied area with its 6307 m2 - including the 33 exhibitors already planned via Letters of Intent - is already more than 88% of the area occupied the last time.

For the internationally established and most successful private trade fair eventers in Germany, Paul E. Schall, the OPTATEC trade fair team and of course the cooperation partners SPECTARIS (Deutscher Industrieverband für optische, medizinische und mechatronische Technologien e.V.) and EOS European Optical Society, the 9th OPTATEC emerges with record participation.

In addition, the continuous good economic data give reason for hope that the investment, and therefore the innovation climate will remain at a high level. For sector members in the Optical Technologies area, everything points to "good to excellent" because the growing requirement of mechatronic as well as micro and nano-technological systems and solutions cannot be covered without the increased application of optical systems and technologies.

The necessity of a thematic, clearly focussed yet cross-sectoral informing international trade fair such as the OPTATEC become apparent for this specific reason. Because only an interdisciplinary platform creates the market's rapid access to current results from research and practice for industrial utilisation. With this in mind the OPTATEC also plays an important mediator role in the technology transfer to other industrial areas and supports continuous good business for their exhibitors.

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