International Hardware Fair comeback success

by | Oct 14, 2022

The first International Hardware Fair since March 2018 took place on September 25 to 28 in Cologne, Germany this year with the Eisenwarenmesse organisers saying it was a huge success.

1400 exhibitors from 50 countries presented their products and innovations to the industry over the four days. The show was attended by roughly 25,000 trade visitors from 125 countries with more than 70 per cent of whom travelled from outside Germany.

In cooperation with the German manufacturers’ association, Haus and Garten, Koelnmesse offered 56 suppliers a total of 272 metres of presentation space on the DIY Boulevard.

“The relief at being able to meet physically again after such a long time and to conclude business deals in a personal exchange was palpable throughout the fair,” Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse said.

“The feedback from exhibitors in terms of business contacts is positive across the board,” he summed up.

“The Eisenwarenmesse – International Hardware Fair is the most important platform for our industry. It is both a barometer of trends and a trendsetter. In other words, it is the networking platform for the global hardware trade,” said John Herbert, general secretary of Edra/Ghin.

The next International Hardware Fair will be held in Cologne from 3 to 6 March 2024.