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Feature High Level of Internationalism

  • Exhibitor structure reflects the global alignment of the markets
  • Hungarian investment and trade promotion organisation represented with a joint pavilion for the first time
  • Ministry of Economics (BMWi) introduces new funding programme at GIFA 2007 

Preparations for the four international technology fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST are in high gear. When the latest trends in metal production and processing are presented from 12 to 16 June 2007, many exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will flock to Düsseldorf. 

The Whole World Visits the River Rhine

So far (as of December 2006), 1.188 exhibitors from 46 countries have registered for the four trade fairs. Traditionally, most companies present themselves at the International Foundry Trade Fair GIFA. Of the 561 registrations for GIFA, currently 285 come from abroad. The level of interest from Chinese and Eastern European companies has increased significantly. The US exhibitors post an exhibition area increase of just under 50 percent as compared to GIFA 2003. 

After its launch in 2003, NEWCAST, International Castings Trade Fair, also shows a high grade of internationalism. 65 of the 112 registered exhibitors (as of December 2006) will arrive from abroad. Turkish companies, in particular, have responded with an increased level of interest. New additions for this year are exhibitors from Hong Kong, Japan and Italy. This year, the Institute of Indian Foundrymen will again hold the Buyers/Sellers Meeting in hall 11, running simultaneously with NEWCAST 2007. 

After GIFA, METEC - International Metallurgy Trade Fair – is the second-largest fair in the round of four. The exhibitor ratio for this fair is also rather balanced at this time, with 140 participants from abroad and 142 German exhibitors. Over all, METEC 2007 benefits from the positive mood on the market and can post a significant increase in display area of more than 16 percent. In connection with the newly installed METALS PLAZA, producers of steel and non-ferrous metals are being admitted to METEC for the first time. Several domestic and foreign exhibitors have already been won over for this section.

THERMPROCESS, International Trade Fair and Symposium for Thermo Processing Technology, currently reports 233 registered exhibitors (as of December 2006). As compared to 2003, the list of country participations has grown significantly. New additions come from Australia, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Romania and the Czech Republic. 

ITD Hungary Represented with a Joint Pavilion

For the first time, ITD Hungary, the funding arm of the Hungarian Ministry of Economics and Traffic, will be represented with a large joint pavilion in Düsseldorf. In cooperation with the Hungarian Foundry Association, ITD plans a comprehensive supporting programme with top-notch seminars and presentations in connection with GIFA and NEWCAST. 

All in all, about one half of the exhibitors at GIFA/METEC/THERMPROCESS/NEWCAST come from abroad. “The market that spans all four technology trade fairs is very global. With our strong international focus, we reflect the market and are thus the ideal platform for a global exchange,” summarises Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Project Director of the four fairs, the current level of preparations. 

Export-promotion Programme of the Ministry of Economics (BMWi)

The international environment was one of the reasons for the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) to participate in GIFA 2007 with a funding programme. The objective of this programme is to provide support for the export of new products and procedures. The BMWi will set up a joint pavilion at GIFA 2007 and offer young, innovative German companies the opportunity to present their products and services. Participation will be subsidised. The BMWi supplies application forms and information at www.bafa.de

New: NanoEurope Innovation Park

Because of the growing importance of nano-technology for the international market, Messe Düsseldorf launches the Innovation Park NanoEurope. It includes products and innovations of the nano and micro-technology branches that are closely connected with the automotive industry or foundry chemistry. The new platform for research and industry is held in parallel with the four technology trade fairs and was conceived in cooperation with Olma Messen St. Gallen. Further information: www.nanoeurope.com 

Further information on the four international trade fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST, held from 12 to 16 June 2007 in Düsseldorf is available at www.gmtn.de

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