EuroBLECH-Technology Exhibition for Sheet Metal Working

When EuroBLECH opens its doors from 21-25 October 2008 in Hanover, Germany, it will be the 20th International Technology Exhibition for Sheet Metal Working. 1495 exhibitors from all around the world will showcase their innovative products and services. With a net exhibition space of 87,000 m2 EuroBLECH 2008 is fully booked; for the first time ever, the show covers eight halls of the Hanover exhibition grounds. The leading trade show for sheet metal working has grown by 14% in net exhibition space, the exhibitor number has gone up by 6%, and the percentage of exhibitors coming from outside Germany has again risen slightly it is now at 44%.

After Germany, the main exhibitor country has always been Italy; this year, participation of Italian companies has further augmented. Also the number of exhibitors from the Netherlands, Spain, Austria and Turkey has seen an above average increase. The former new member states of the EU have now become an inherent part of the exhibition. As for exhibitors from outside Europe, EuroBLECH can record a higher number of companies from the USA, China and Taiwan.

International showcase
Visitors will therefore, have the choice of a highly international range of products and services covering the entire sheet metal working technology chain. High-tech as well as conventional machinery and tools will be on display. In particular, the technology sectors of separation, flexible sheet metal working, joining/fastening and tool technology have extended and the division of the exhibition halls has therefore been slightly changed. The products and services of EuroBLECH 2008 can be found in the following halls:

Sheet metal, semi-finished & finished products (ferrous/non-ferrous), halls 16, 17
Handling technology, halls 16, 17
Separation technology, halls 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
Forming technology, hall 27
Flexible sheet metal working technology, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
Tube/Section working, halls 11, 14, 15
Machine elements, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
Joining & fastening technology, halls 12, 13
Surface technology for sheet metal/plate (process-related), hall 13
Tool technology for sheet metal/plate working, halls 12, 13, 27
Process control & quality assurance, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
Data processing (hardware and software), halls 11, 12
Factory & warehouse equipment, halls 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Safety at work/Environment protection, halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Services, information & communication, halls 11, 12, 13, 16, 17

With this range of products, EuroBLECH is the event for everyone involved in sheet metal production, working or trading, from all management levels in small, mediumsized or multinational companies. Visitors include production specialists, designers, plant managers, manufacturers, engineers and buyers as well as students and experts from associations.

At this year's event, the products and services on display focus on major issues which companies face in today's global competition. The exhibits offer tailor-made solutions for achieving cost-effective, flexible fabrication processes and enhanced product quality.

A great number of exhibiting research institutions complement the event. Here, the focus is upon new materials and innovative fabrication processes which meet the concerns for environmentally sustainable production and awareness of resources.

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