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EuroMold 2009: Rate of international visitors continues to rise

Huge interest from the automotive and engineering industries
EuroMold 2009: Rate of international visitors continues to rise  

The 16th EuroMold closed its gates on Dec. 5, 2009, and hosted 56,372 trade visitors from 86 countries in four days. Thereby the rate of international attendees continued to grow. In total EuroMold 2009 greeted 19,535 international visitors, a quota of 36.6% (2008: 32.2%), hence an increase by 10.2%.

International Attendees
By tradition EuroMold is of major importance for countries from Central and West Europe. The biggest visitor countries were Switzerland (9.0% of all international attendees), and Italy (8.7%), followed by Austria (8.6%), the Netherlands (7.1%), France (6.5%), and, Spain (5.6%).
Also in Asia EuroMold is of growing importance for exhibitors as well as trade visitors. The continent was well represented by South Korea (2.3%), Japan (1.6%), India (1.0), China (1.5%) and Taiwan and Iran (both 0.7%).
Other important visiting countries were USA (1.7%), Israel (1.7%), Brazil (0.8%), and South Africa (0.4%). EuroMold 2009 hosted trade visitors from Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Gabon, the Republic of Mauritius and Tajikistan, too.

Trade visitors by field of industry, position and division
Most attendees at EuroMold 2009, 25.3%, were from the automotive industry. This is a growth by 17.0%. The number of trade visitors from the engineering industry has risen sharply up to 21.2% (2008: 17.3%). Other important sectors were the electrical & electronic industry (6.4% of all attendees), medical technology (6.3%), plant construction (4.5%), packaging industry (3.3%), consumer goods (3.1%) and aerospace (2.9%).
Traditionally most visitors at EuroMold are executives and consequently decision makers. This group of attendees comprises managers (14.1% of all trade visitors), proprietors (11.1%), CEOs (10.4%) and foremen (6.6%). A considerable number of attendees were product development managers (4.3%), production managers (3.4%), chief operating officers (3.4) and purchase officers (3.1%).
Most represented departments were production (22.0%), construction (17.2%), sales (13.6%) and R&D (11.4%), purchase (8.9%), product development (8.1%) and design (7.1%).
23.4% of all attendees came from enterprises with 100 – 500 employees followed by companies with more than 500 workers (21.9%) and companies with 10 – 49 employees (21.8%).


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Round up
On the 16th World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, held on the Exhibition Center of Frankfurt, 1,354 exhibitors from 37 countries showcased their products and services, including many world premieres in different sectors. EuroMold 2009 set standards with its new hall concept, the host country Poland, a comprehensive international conference programme and the special feature shows ‘e-production for everyone’ and ‘Automation within moldmaking and tooling’. ‚Increasing numbers of trade visitors from abroad, the high acceptance of the new built hall 11.0 and the large interest in the special feature shows were far beyond our expectations’, said Dr. Ing. Eberhard Döring, Exhibition Manager of EuroMold 2009. ‘More than ever EuroMold has become an absolutely essential driving force for innovation and growth of the entire product development, and has also expanded its position as the leading world fair for this industry.

Especially with regards to the economical challenges EuroMold 2009 impressed with a high number of trade visitors. “A big surprise was the huge quantity of interested attendees”, said Konstantin Bikar, CEO of BIKAR Metalle. „Sensational were the significant contracts we signed up on our booth with some big and renowned new customers, which is very unusual in our field of industry. “ Also for Dirk Dombert, CEO of Cimatron,  EuroMold 2009 “was a very successful event. Contrary to all fears due to the crisis the number of prosperous contacts increased significantly.”   Marco Schülken, CEO of Werkzeugbau Ruhla, was “positively surprised that EuroMold 2009 on the first day already had such a rush of visitors“. Andy Middleton, CEO Europe of Objet Geometries GmbH, was “staggered by the high number and quality of trade visitors, which came and met us at our booth on the first day already. The flow of attendees was on a high level all 4 days. It was great, we are excited. “
(further testimonials in the appendix)

The most important international conference on future markets Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing, organised by Wohlers Association, Fort Collins / USA, had an excellent feedback and gained much international interest. Meantime the Wohlers Conference has become an annual tradition at EuroMold.
The international conference „Thermoforming“, arranged by Society of Plastics Engineers, as well as the Formula Student Workshop, for the second time at EuroMold attracted worldwide attention, too.


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