From 4 to 8 April 2016 the world’s leading trade fairs wire – the International Wire and Cable Fair – and Tube – the International Tube Fair – will simultaneously present their technology highlights from their respective industries at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre for the 15th time.
The global economic climate is generally favourable, despite Eurozone imponderables and the Ukraine crisis. Forecasts unanimously agree that the global economy will have grown by 2 to 3 per cent in 2015.
Covering a net exhibition space of currently 58,600 square metres (July 2015), wire will feature machinery for the production and finishing of wire, tools and auxiliary materials in process engineering as well as materials, special wires and cables. The trade fair will also cover innovations in measurement and control engineering, test engineering and special areas.
The International Wire & Cable Fair will occupy Halls 9 to 12, 16 and 17 in wire, cable and glass fibre machinery as well as wire and cable products and the wire and cable trade, while innovations in metal forming will be shown in Hall 15. Hall 16 will open its gates to mesh welding machines and spring making technology. So far 920 companies from 46 countries have registered (July 2015).
Traditionally, the countries which are particularly well represented by exhibitors are Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, Sweden and Germany. But a large number of registrations have also been received from overseas: the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan and China.
Tube, the International Tube Fair, has so far (July 2015) received registrations for over 48,000 square metres of net exhibition space, covering the full range of pipe and tube manufacturing, processing, treatment and trade. The spectrum includes raw materials, pipes, tubes and accessories, machinery for the production of pipes and tubes, pre-owned machines, as well as tools in process engineering, auxiliary materials, measuring and control engineering and test engineering. The line-up also includes pipelines, OCTG technology, profiles and machines and the Plastic Tube Forum (PTF). So far (July 2015) 741 exhibitors from 41 countries have registered.
2014 saw an all-time record in the production of steel pipes, reaching 165 million tonnes – 8 per cent more than in the previous year. However, the large-diameter pipeline market also experienced overcapacities.
At Tube the countries with the largest numbers of exhibitors are again Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Germany. The largest numbers of overseas exhibitors are from the United States, India, South Korea and China.
This number-one trade fair in the pipe and tube industry will focus on pipe accessories in Halls 1 and 2, while the pipe trade and pipe manufacturing can be found in Halls 2, 3, 4, 7.0 and 7.1. As before, the China Pavilion will be in Hall 2.
Metal forming will occupy Hall 5, and Halls 6 and 7a will feature tube processing machines. Mechanical engineering and construction will be presented in Hall 7a. Halls 1 to 7.0 will also have profiles for a wide range of applications. The special show PTF (Plastic Tube Forum) will be presented in Hall 7.1.