The First InstalMat Show Creates Great Expectations in The Sector

InstalMAT, the first Integral Installation Materials Show to be organised in Spain and which will be held in May, is arousing great interest in the sector and is backed by its associations. Over 10,000 professionals are expected to visit this first show, which has the cooperation of the Confederación Nacional de Asociaciones de Empresas de Fontanería, Gas, Calefacción, Climatización, Protección contra Incendios, Electricidad y Afines (CONAIF), the Federación Nacional de Empresarios de Instalaciones Eléctricas y Telecomunicaciones de España (FENIE), the Federación Catalana de Asociaciones Territoriales de Empresarios instaladores de electricidad, fontanería, climatización y afines de Catalunya (FERCA) and the Colegio de Ingenieros Técnicos Industriales de Barcelona (CETIB).

The show also has the support of the Asociación Catalana de Técnicos en Energía, Climatización y Refrigeración (ACTECIR), the Asociación de Almacenistas Distribuidores de Material Eléctrico y Electrotécnico (ADIME), the Asociación de Fabricantes de Material Eléctrico (AFME), the Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Cables y Conductores Eléctricos y Fibra Optica (FACEL), the Federación Catalana de Empresarios Instaladores de Telecomunicaciones (FECEMINTE), the Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Iluminación (ANFALUM), the Asociación Española de Domótica (CEDOM) and KNX, among other associations.

Organised by Fira de Barcelona, InstalMat will take place from the 14th to the 17th of May 2008 in pavilion 1 of the Gran Via exhibition centre. It will offer integral solutions to installers and professionals who need installation-related materials, products and services, such as technical engineers, technical architects, engineers, architects; builders, heads of maintenance, building administrators, promoters, stockholders and distributors, suppliers and distributors of energy and decorators, among others.

According to the director of InstalMat, Carlos Arnoult, "companies have received this new trade show concept very well, especially those which consider that in the next few years replacement, maintenance and rehabilitation will account for a large part of its turnover".

Around 200 national and foreign exhibitors are expected to participate. Exhibits will be divided into 12 sectors: air conditioning, heating, water, gas, electricity, home automation, telecommunications, renewable energies, safety, regulation and control, attachment tools, and services.

In addition to being a commercial platform, InstalMAT aims to be a forum for know-how, debate and reflection, with a full programme of technical sessions which will be divided into three main theme blocks: home automation, new regulations and energy efficiency. The sessions are organised in association with the Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía del Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio (IDAE) and the Instituto Catalán de Energía of the Catalan Generalitat (ICAEN). Attendees will receive an official diploma of participation issued by these institutes.

The show will also provide the setting for the general assembly of CONAIF, which will take place on Friday, 16th of May. The presidents of the six member federations and 50 Spanish provincial associations will attend.

The installations sector has a strong potential for development and important growth in building works, thanks to the appearance of new technologies, the improvement of techniques and materials, the growing importance of energy efficiency and the adaptation of installations to new Spanish and European safety and quality standards.

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