Grinding Hub Grinding Hub attracts European grinding technology manufacturers
Germany — The new trade fair for grinding technology, Grindinghub, is set to premiere from 17 to 22 May in Stuttgart. The organisers, VDW and Messe Stuttgart, announced that more than 320 big-name exhibitors from 23 countries have signed up for the first event.
Under the banner of "Brings solutions to the surface", Grinding Hub will showcase solutions along the entire value chain of grinding technology. A total of 33 industry sectors will be spotlighted, including cylindrical and non-cylindrical grinding machines, grinding, polishing and honing agents, grinding machines for cutting and machining tools, disposal and treatment of cooling lubricants, and surface grinding machines. The lion's share of exhibitors, around 180 companies in total, are from Germany, followed by Switzerland and Italy with 34 manufacturers each. There are 31 exhibitors from overseas. Distributed over halls 7, 9 and 10 of the Stuttgart exhibition center, approximately 16,900 m2 of net exhibition space is already taken.
Grinding Hub is organized by the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association), Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with Messe Stuttgart and with Zurich-based Swissmem (Swiss association of mechanical and electrical engineering industries) as institutional patron.
“The portfolios of the individual exhibitors will be supplemented by attractive special shows,” reports Martin Göbel, Head of Trade Fairs at the VDW, in the Grinding Hub press conference for Switzerland. He is referring here to the two special exhibition areas Grinding Solution Park Industry and Grinding Solution Park Science: “We are performing a balancing act between business and research, helping to forge ever closer links between the two,” continues Göbel. Various members of the WGP (German Academic Association for Production Technology) are involved as cooperation partners on the research side.
Grinding Hub is also a suitable platform for start-ups. The Start-Up Area offers first-class support at a reasonable price, making it easier for innovative companies on smaller budgets to gain a foothold in the market. A further focus is on the digitalisation of production. This includes the umati interoperability initiative of the VDW and VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), which will showcase global data connectivity in a live demonstration on a joint booth. Various specialist forums and seminars will round off the event.
“In our eyes, there is no way around offering a digital service — as we have discovered during the pandemic. We are proactively planning the Grinding Hub with a hybrid concept,” confirms Göbel. Starting on March 29, the Web Sessions will offer a platform in the run-up to Grinding Hub where exhibitors can give potential customers an online foretaste of their highlights — which visitors can then experience live in Stuttgart roughly six weeks later. A digital forum will allow professional recordings of 20-minute presentations to be streamed during the fair. Exhibitors will be offered a video production service for the first time. The companies will be able to present video showcases of their products and services in 60 to 90 second clips.
According to the organisers, the exhibition center scores above all with its central location in the heart of the German market and its many years of experience in organizing capital goods events. The VDW and Messe Stuttgart have already collaborated successfully on a number of other projects. Gunnar Mey, Director of Trade Fairs & Events, Messe Stuttgart, emphasizes: “We in Stuttgart are passionate hosts, as we will be as the VDW’s cooperation partner for Grinding Hub. Our goal is to help all those involved achieve success, be it with Europe's most modern exhibition center, our services and partners, or our trade show and industry know-how.”