EuroBLECH 2008

The world's technology exhibition for sheet metal working will be held this year from 21-25 October 2008 in Hanover, Germany. Five months ahead of the show, 1,350 exhibitors from 37 countries have already booked their stand space. This time, exhibiting companies will present their roducts and systems for the different technology sectors of sheet metal working in eight exhibition halls, on a net area of 85,000 m2. This means that EuroBLECH 2008 has grown by some 10,000 m2 against the previous event in 2006 and will be the biggest show ever.

"In particular, the areas of separation technology, flexiblez sheet metal working technology, joining technology and tool technology have expanded considerably", says Nicola Hamann, Exhibition Director, on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. "But we can also report a growth in the other technology sectors of EuroBLECH. Overall, this reflects the situation of this industry sector which, after years of prosperity, is still on the upswing".

Of the 1,350 exhibitors who have booked a stand so far, some 45% come from outside Germany. Currently the largest exhibitor countries are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, France, Austria, Taiwan and the USA. Visitors to EuroBLECH are also traditionally very international. The previous exhibition in 2006 was attended by more than 64,000 visitors; 36% came from outside Germany, from 73 countries.

Specialists in sheet metal working, such as designers, buyers, production pecialists and quality managers, will find the complete sheet metal working technology chain at EuroBLECH 2008: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming/flexible sheet metal working, joining/welding and surface technologies. Tools, process and quality control systems, CAD/CAM applications plus research and development complete the product range. Exhibitors also include suppliers of sheet metal parts as well as subcontractors.

In the face of global competition, variation in product type, changes in production volumes and cost pressure demand flexible, cost-effective solutions and enhanced product quality. With this year's theme "Quality, Flexibility, roductivity", EuroBLECH 2008 will showcase innovative solutions to rapidly adapt fabrication processes to global market requirements.

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