EuroMold 2012 EuroMold first-time exhibitors to rise more than 10% this year

Editor: Eric Culp

The number of new companies showing at Europe’s leading tool and mould making fair will grow 12.2% from last year, and the total number of exhibitors will likely reach at least the same level as in 2011, organiser Demat said.

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Speaking at a pre-fair press conference in Frankfurt, Demat Managing Director Berhard Döring said, “We will have between twelve hundred and thirteen hundred exhibitors like last year. We probably won’t make fifteen hundred.”

Over 36% of companies signed up to show their goods and services at the 27-30 Nov. fair come from outside Germany, an increase from nearly 34% last year, according to Demat. The largest group of international exhibitors will hail from Italy, which is followed closely by Portugal, a country whose resurgence in the sector has provided a note of optimism in the industry, Döring remarked. Other top exhibiting countries include France, EuroMold partner Austria, China, Spain, and Turkey, one of the rising forces in European tool and mould making. Döring said a total of 42 to 45 countries are expected to be represented on the show floor.

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Döring revealed to ETMM, the official publisher of the ETMM EuroMold Daily newspaper, that some 15 engineering service companies from France, Italy, the UK and Germany will exhibit this year at a special theme area in Hall 11. Döring said the decision to place an emphasis on such companies was based on their heavy integration in manufacturing. “The entire automobile industry in Germany is very dependent on these types of engineering services.”

Quantity of machine tools may ease, quality to remain high

The level of machine tool suppliers exhibiting at EuroMold has remained relatively constant at about 8% and it could be a touch less this year because of the AMB fair in September, Döring said, but visitors from the tool and mould sector can still see top-flight equipment. "For mould makers, the big companies will all be there, the ones with five-axis machines."

Along with engineering services, other new special themes this year include B2B matchmaking, which attempts to pair tool and mould makers with companies seeking such products; rotational moulding; thermoforming; and jewellery

Four of the press conference attendees received quite a surprise. They won a Demat drawing for an afternoon of cruising through the nearby Taunus Mountains behind the wheel of a classic convertible. Photos of the winners, the cars they drove and the other classic automobiles at the press conference site, along with Demat speakers, can be seen here.