Used Machines USETEC 2012 Used-Technology Fair Opens March 5

Author / Editor: Eric Culp / Jürgen Schreier

The world’s largest trade fair for used machinery and equipment comes to Cologne March 5–7. At the Cologne Fairgrounds, USETEC 2012 runs parallel to the International Hardware Fair, which begins one day earlier.

Some 450 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries will show used technology for every sector of industry and commerce. The show’s organizers, Hess GmbH and Koelnmesse GmbH, expect 10,000 buyers from more than 100 countries to attend the event compared to 9,250 in 2011.

USETEC’s partner associations are similarly optimistic. “Every aspect of last year’s premiere of USETEC in Cologne was a success,” recalls Kurt Radermacher, managing director of the Trade Association for Machine Tools + Tooling (FDM) in Bonn. “Visitors and exhibitors last year were delighted with the venue at the heart of Europe.”

Radermacher says that FDM members are looking forward to USETEC eagerly, in part because it now, for the first time, coincides with the International Hardware Fair. The FDM, which is also the event’s technical sponsor, emphasizes that the two trade fairs’ target audiences have a strong area of overlap. “A combined ticket should promote exchange between the two fairs,” Radermacher says.

Katharina C. Hamma, managing director of Koelnmesse, also sees overlap: “By running the events in parallel, we are able to tap new synergies for visitors and exhibitors. The sector now profits twice from a single trip to the trade fair in Cologne.”

Contributing to the anticipation is the fact that, according to the Federation of the German Export Trade, BDEx, global conditions for the used-machinery market are advantageous at this time. Demand for used machinery should grow strongly this year, in the view of Jens Nagel, the managing director of BDEx, with German used-machinery exports expected to increase by more than 10%.

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