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International Hardware Fair

From February 28 to March 3, the International Hardware Fair will be held at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre. Over a period of four days, trade visitors from all over the world will be able to gather information about the innovations and trends of approximately 2 700 suppliers from 51 countries, while also placing orders for the coming year and establishing new business contacts. In 2010, the overarching roof of the International Hardware Fair will encompass five clearly structured product segments: Tools, Industrial Supply, Fastening & Fittings, Locks & Fittings and Home Improvement. As a result, the limelight will be focused even more strongly on exhibited product categories than in the past, allowing the manufacturers to present their products to the public in a target group-oriented manner. The new visitor-friendly layout also means that dealers and buyers from industry can quickly find their way around the fair and gain a compact overview of the innovations for their specific area of responsibility, while at the same time being able to plan their appointments in a time-saving manner.

The fair’s biggest segment, Tools, will be presenting a very deep and broad product range. More than 2 000 companies will exhibit a comprehensive range of hand-operated and power tools, as well as power tool attachments. Around 80% of the exhibitors at the fair will come to Cologne from abroad in order to seek out new business partners and maintain and expand their global contacts. The European country sending the most suppliers to the fair is Italy, followed by the UK, France and Spain. From overseas, there will also be large contingents from China, Taiwan, India and the USA. In 2008, nearly 60% of the visitors came from outside of Germany.

The International Hardware Fair Cologne will be open daily from 9am to 6pm. Admission tickets can already be purchased at the online shop (www.hardwarefair.com) at an attractive advanced sale price. The admission tickets also serve as free travel tickets on all local public transport systems in the VRS area.