As the latest Fastener Fair Stuttgart ended last month, visitors and exhibitors alike were praising the show, which has grown dramatically in size and stature since the first event in 2005. The statistics speak for themselves:
2005: 198 exhibiting companies / 2000 visitors
2007: 435 exhibiting companies / 3506 visitors
(That’s a 120% growth in exhibitors and a 75% growth in visitors)
“The industry had been saying for some time that Europe needed a dedicated fastener and fixings show,” recalls Organiser Jerry Ramsdale, “and the proof of this is the amazing support there has been for Fastener Fair Stuttgart. What the statistics don’t show is that many buyers now see this as their major buying opportunity – some of the industry’s biggest names sent buying teams to explore the opportunities on offer.”
The 435 exhibitors covered every part of the industry, principally being: fastener and fixing manufacturers; distributors/wholesalers; and manufacturing technology suppliers. They also represented 37 countries – 57% were from Europe (52% from the European Union), 38% from Asia (mainly Taiwan, China, India and Korea), and the remainder came from North America. What they all had in common was a universal sense after the show that Fastener Fair Stuttgart had been “very good for business”.
“The secret of Fastener Fair Stuttgart’s success is quite simple,” says Jerry Ramsdale. “The industry wants a specialist fair dedicated to the fastener and fixing industry, and that’s what the show delivers – nothing more, nothing less. For exhibitors, this means knowing that pretty well every visitor is a potential buyer or supplier; for visitors it means knowing that everything at the show is worth a visit – offering products, services and profit opportunities directly relevant to their business.”
So what’s the future for this popular show? Well, it will next take place in October 2009 (exact dates to be announced). And, following the enormous success of this year’s Fastener Fair Stuttgart, the organiser is preparing for further growth, with a move to the recently opened 105,000 m2 Messe Stuttgart trade fair centre near Stuttgart airport.
1. What is Fastener Fair Stuttgart?
Fastener Fair Stuttgart represents all aspects of the fastener and fixing market. It brings together manufacturers, machine suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, importers, exporters and tool suppliers, in addition to trade associations and suppliers of services and related products. As an international showcase dedicated exclusively to the fastener sector, Fastener Fair Stuttgart (fastenerfair.com) provides visitors and members of the press with an opportunity to see a range of specialist suppliers in one place and at one time. The second event took place in September 2007, attracting 435 exhibitors from 37 countries and 3506 visitors from all regions of the world, predominantly the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. That represented a 120% growth in exhibitors and a 75% growth in visitors since the previous show in 2005.
2. Further information
Contact show organiser Jerry Ramsdale
T: +44 (0) 1727 739 150
18 Alban Park, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0JJ, United Kingdom
3. Logos and photography
The Fastener Fair Stuttgart logo, plus photographs of the venue and the 2007 event are available in high- and low-res versions from Adam Shulman of Copestone Copywriters.
T: +44 (0) 1707 890 11
4. English, Deutsch, Italiano
This press release is available in English, German and Italian. If you would like it in another language, contact Adam Shulman of Copestone Copywriters.