Intec and Z strengthen their position and report an increase in visitors in attendance
Leipzig’s Intec and Z close their doors again while posting an increase in visitors: 24,200 visitors from 35 countries (2015: 23,500 visitors from 35 countries) came from March 7 to 10 to the Leipziger Messe. During this year’s iteration of the trade fair combination, 1,382 exhibitors from 30 countries (2015: 1,433 exhibitors from 33 countries) were on hand to present their range of products and services relating to metal processing and supply industry. Both exhibitors and visitors were very satisfied with the Intec and Z 2017.
Intec offered as platform for the metal processing sector both internationally active companies and small to medium-sized enterprises an attractive and efficient marketplace for good business transactions. The Z - Subcontracting was once again the competent partner for the industry when it comes to specializing in innovative and flexible supply services.
As a result, Leipzig was a worthy venue for the key inaugural get-together of the metal processing and supply industry. “This year’s iteration of the trade fair combination was a complete success. Intec and Z made gains again in terms of visitors. This illustrates the attractiveness and great appeal of both trade fairs,” says Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe, while adding: “Our trade fair combination impressively consolidated its strong position among Europe’s leading industry trade fairs with their outstanding results. Innovative, competent and international – that is how the trade fairs Intec and Z 2017 presented themselves.“
Exhibitors praise the high number of visitors and quality of contacts made
The exhibitors confirm with this assessment as well. “At this year’s Intec we managed to post a record turnover. We sold three machines with a total value of 2.6 million Euros. Even the number of visitors at our stand had doubled compared to 2015. We registered outstanding new inquiries of very high quality. We are extremely satisfied with our participation and will definitely be back in two years,” reports Andreas Lindner, Managing Partner of BIMATEC SORALUCE.
The Intec 2017 also hosted a number of new exhibitors from Germany and abroad. That included, among others, HWACHEON Machinery Europe GmbH. “We were on hand for the first time with our own stand. We are very satisfied, especially due to the fact that we were positively surprised by the number of visitors. Visitors came to us with specific inquiries, which makes us optimistic about good follow-up business,” explains Jaeho Cho, a manager located at the European headquarters of the Korean machine tool manufacturer.
That said, the Z also boasted international exhibitors who celebrated their premiere in Leipzig. For instance, Rolf Hellqvist, Managing Director of the Swedish Got Springs AB summarized his company’s debut as an exhibitor at the Z, saying: “Two years ago, I attended the Z as a visitor. That convinced me to come this year and exhibit. By the way, this was also the first time that the company has participated in a trade fair outside of Sweden. Leipzig is conveniently located for accessing the markets in Poland and Czech Republic. We are very impressed with the trade fair.”
Trade fairs highlight their national and international importance
Many visitors travelled a significant distance to participate in and gather information at the Intec and Z. The fact that specialists and professionals from all over Germany come to attend the trade fairs is proof of their nationwide appeal. That is exactly how Andreas Vollmer, a member of the executive board at Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrik Paul Horn GmbH, sees it: “We were very impressed by the Intec 2017. We noted a very high number of visitors at our trade fair stand – a significant increase compared to the last iteration of the Intec. Besides, the Intec’s catchment area has become larger in our opinion. The trade fair is getting better with each iteration. It would be a mistake not to participate in the Intec.”
The Intec and Z have once again proven its high level of internationality. According to Project Director Kersten Bunke: “We welcomed visitors from many different countries. We have reached, in particular, the Czech and Polish markets again. In addition, the professional quality of the discussions and the range of topics covered in the program of supporting events deserve special emphasis. We were pleased about the resounding success of the Intec and Z.”
International cooperation forums and country presentations, which were organized, e.g., by Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (Saxony Economic Development Corporation) promoted the cross-national exchange. Managing Director Peter Nothnagel: “After the successes attained in the past years, we were happy to use this year’s Intec and Z as platform for our cooperation forums with company representatives from Russia, the CIS and Turkey.” In addition to that, the “Tristate Meeting with Saxony, Czech Republic and Poland” also took place, which was very well attended like the other events.
The importance of the Intec and Z is also underlined by the presence of high-ranking politicians from Germany and from other countries. For instance, Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of Saxony, Martin Dulig, Saxony State Minister for Economic Affairs, Employment and Traffic, Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Republic of Tatarstan, and Eduard Muřický, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, visited the trade fairs.
Positive summary on part of exhibitors and visitors
This year’s trade fair combination clearly struck the nerve of the industry. In the official survey, 90 % of the Intec exhibitors and 85 % of the Z exhibitors indicated having met their goals for the trade fairs. Nine out of ten persons interviewed commended in particular the professional qualifications of the visitors. Trade visitors who were satisfied with their ability to meet their goals for the trade fairs also reported positive results.
The great satisfaction reported by exhibitors is also mirrored in the comments of Heiko Stange, Sales Engineer at FMT Flexible Montagetechnik GmbH: “We were able to meet with many existing customers and establish a wide variety of new business contacts. Different segments are represented at the Intec, the mix is just right. In addition, we noted the synergy effects of the parallel Z, since many of our customers are suppliers of the automobile industry.”
Specialized program provides added value and additional contact platform
The specialized program’s clear focus on the current developments in the industry ensured that the program of supporting events of the Intec and Z 2017 met with widespread acceptance. Events highlighting forward-looking topics like intelligent light-weight construction, additive manufacturing, resource efficient production and Industry 4.0 were well received, provided added value in addition to the multifaceted range of products and services and included another contact platform, where stakeholders could purposefully gather to discuss topics and exchange experiences.
The trade fairs also offered future professionals with an engineering or technical background a variety of opportunities to meet and talk with potential employers. For instance, the Students Day which took place for a sixth time since its inception and was held on the last day of the trade fairs represented an important platform for cultivating contact between exhibitors and upcoming professionals. Special offerings geared in particular for young people were a further attraction: For instance, the area designated specifically to the control technology of Yamazaki Mazak was of great interest for young trade fair visitors.
Dates set for 2019: Intec and Z are getting ready for the next round
The next iteration of the Intec and Z has already been set for February 5 to 8, 2019 in Leipzig.
About Leipziger Messe
Leipziger Messe is one of the ten leading trade fair companies in Germany and numbers among the Top 50 worldwide. It stages events in Leipzig and in various locations elsewhere in Germany and abroad. With five subsidiaries and the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) the Leipziger Messe corporate group offers integrated event expertise that is exemplary for the organisation of state-of-the-art trade fairs, conventions and events. Thanks to this range of services, in 2016 clients and visitors voted Leipziger Messe the Service Champion of the trade fair industry in Germany’s biggest service ranking for the third time in a row. The Leipzig trade fair centre takes in an exhibition area of 111,900 m² and has open-air grounds of 70,000 m². Around 280 events take place here every year – trade fairs, exhibitions, conventions and functions – attended by up to 12,000 exhibitors and over 1.2 million visitors from all over the world. Leipziger Messe was the first German trade fair company to be certified to Green Globe Standard. Sustainability is one of the guiding principles for Leipziger Messe’s business activities. In 2017 Leipziger Messe celebrated its trademark’s centenary. The double-M is one of the world’s oldest trade fair brands and recalls the sample fairs that were developed in Leipzig and which still form the basis of today’s trade fair industry.
About Intec and Z
The trade fair combination Intec and Z will take place in 2017 from March 7 to 10 at Leipzig's Exhibition Center. In the odd-numbered years the Intec is the first important industry venue for Germany's and Europe's metal processing industry. Its core areas include machine tools, systems for automated manufacturing as well as the entire production technologies for metal processing. The Z is one of the leading international supplier trade fairs in Europe. Its product range – e.g., semi-finished products, parts, components and industrial services – is geared primarily to customers from the machinery and plant construction, tool construction and vehicle industry.
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