Welding & Cutting 2017

19th Welding & Cutting fair makes one-off guest appearance in Duesseldorf

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

Oliver Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen.
Oliver Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. (Source: Messe Essen)

Germany - Experts in the fields of welding, cutting and surfacing will meet at the international fair, Schweissen & Schneiden 2017 from 25-29 September.

Held every four years, the event that covers one of the key sectors in modern production technology will take place in Duesseldorf this year instead of the usual venue Messe Essen, which is undergoing modernisation work. With about 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries registered, organisers Messe Essen together with partner and sponsor German Welding Society (DVS) are expecting 55,000 visitors from over 130 countries. Among them will be decision-makers in the automobile and vehicle construction, shipbuilding, mechanical and installation engineering, pipe fabrication and pipeline construction, mining, chemical industries as well as the building trade and the manufacture of metal products.

The fair offers welding, cutting and surfacing technologies a platform to present innovations, processes and services for over 60 years now, recording orders in the sector with a turnover of €2 billion turnover recently, the organisers say. In 2017, big players at the show include Air Liquide, Esab, Fanuc, Fronius, Kuka, Lincoln Electric, Messer, Micro-Step, Trumpf, Voestalpine Böhler Welding and Yaskawa. Exhibitors by country, with the largest number is Germany (368), followed by China (215), Italy (89) and USA (32). UAE and Australia will be present too. Foreign participation will amount to 63%.

Halls by theme, innovations on show

The halls for Schweissen & Schneiden 2017 will be thematically co-ordinated, the organisers say. Main focal points will be welding, pre and post-welding machining (occupational safety, workshop, gases, accessories and filler materials), cutting, robotic, automation and production plants (gases and auxiliary materials), information technology (gas, auxiliary materials, adhesive bonding, sealing, applying, quality and testing) and services (organisation, education, promotion of young welders and thermal spraying).

Automatic solutions in-line with Industry 4.0 at Kuka.
Automatic solutions in-line with Industry 4.0 at Kuka. (Source: Messe Essen)

Innovations at the show will include latest devices, installations and materials – in welding and cutting as well as for allied processes such as brazing/soldering, heat treatment or thermal spraying. Newest trends in automation and intelligent production will be on display, some as premieres: Interlinked robot welding installations and CNC flame cutting machines via laser robots for 3D metal cutting and externally controllable automated welding cells.

Diverse programme with conferences

Parallel to the fair, conventions, congresses and conferences will be offered. Experts will introduce research results, market developments and solutions for manufacturers and users of joining, cutting and surfacing technologies at the DVS Congress, from 26-29 September, held at the Congress Center Duesseldorf with the Annual Welding Conference (GST) and the DVS Student Congress.

DVS's joint booth in Hall 15 will offer a stage programme with talks and lectures. Newcomers will present pioneering solutions here themed "Young Innovative Companies", while "Thermal Spraying" at this booth will provide information on new surfacing processes. "Network and Career" area will offer insider tips for successful job applications.

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