New trade fair for grinding technology inspired the metal industry

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New trade fair for grinding technology inspired the metal industry

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Grinding Hub 2022 has come to an end, with the four-day event proving a major success, organizers have announced. Under the banner “Bringing Solutions to the Surface”, more than 370 exhibitors showcased their latest milling technology innovations, products and solutions on nearly 18,000 net square meters of exhibition space.

A total of 9,500 visitors came to the three full halls.

(Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Germany — A total of 9,500 visitors came to the full halls of the Ginding Hub 2022, of which around 40% came from abroad. Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of the organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders Association) said: “We are more than happy with the success of this very first Grinding Hub. The whole concept, planning and organization was a triumph. The new grinding technology fair was a complete success thanks to the great response from visitors and the strong commitment from exhibitors.”

Manufacturers from 23 countries showcased numerous grinding-related innovations, ranging from new tool concepts to innovative processes, procedures and interface technologies. In total, more than 240 machines worked live on the show grounds, many of them on large and prestigious stands. After more than two years, visitors were finally able to experience grinding technology live and first-hand.

Full exhibit halls and productive conversations and meetings were most rewarding for exhibitors. As Dirk Weber, Executive Director of Haas Schleifmaschinen in Trossingen sums it up: “What a beautiful setting. Everything is so well organized and it’s a great location – perfect conditions for the event. My general impression on this third day of the event is excellent. It was a great experience exhibiting here, and I can only recommend everyone to come to Stuttgart and the Grinding Hub. Dr. Stefan Brand, Managing Director of Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik in Biberach an der Riß, is also more than satisfied with the response and the large number of new contacts: “From the start, the halls were full, the stand was full. — what more could a manager ask for? »

The visitors were also satisfied. The visitor survey gave the first event a rating of 1.8 on a scale of 1 to 6. Nearly 90% of respondents said they would recommend Grinding Hub to others, and 76% intend to return for the next event in two years. Additionally, a third of visitors said they plan to follow through on the investment and buying ideas they got at the show. Nearly three quarters of all visitors have a decisive or advisory voice in purchasing decisions within their company.

Right from the start, the Grinding Hub went to market with a hybrid concept and numerous digital offerings, including web sessions, exhibitor videos and forum contributions. More than half of visitors took advantage of these offers. They are also available for interested customers after the event on the event site. website.

The most important country of origin for exhibitors and visitors outside of Germany is Switzerland. Christoph Blättler, Head of Machine Tools at Swissmem, the concept sponsor of Grinding Hub, knows why. “Switzerland has the highest density of grinding machine manufacturers in the world, from global players to start-ups. Grinding Hub is therefore a prime opportunity to further expand economic relations and develop customers in the German and international markets.

Grinding Hub has attracted visitors from all over the world, with a focus on other European countries, but also from South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and many more. Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, is pleased with the international popularity and sees further growth potential: “We had guests from 56 countries at the fairgrounds. A very good result. There were also visitors from Asia. We see great potential for upcoming events in the Asian and US market. We are now tackling them in partnership with the VDW.

Looking to 2024, VDW Executive Director Wilfried Schäfer says: “Grinding Hub is here to stay. We want to improve the show and make it even better for our exhibitors, increase its international reach and position the Grinding Hub as the number one industry event worldwide. Visitors are also convinced of the potential. Two-thirds of them believe that the show will grow in importance in the future.

The next Grinding Hub is scheduled for May 14-17, 2024 in Stuttgart.

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