More than 71,500 trade visitors (compared to 69,500 in 2016) from 134 countries came to Düsseldorf for Wire 2018 (the International Wire and Cable Trade Fair) and Tube 2018 (International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair) last week to get information about industry innovations and conclude business deals. A total of 2,683 exhibitors from 67 countries presented their technology highlights in 16 exhibition halls on more than 1.2 million square feet.
Wire and cable machinery and production technologies were presented in halls 9 to 16. A total of 1,442 exhibitors from 53 countries showcased their innovations on over 699,600 square feet of exhibit space.
Most Wire 2018 exhibitors came from major producer countries Italy, Germany, Turkey, Great Britain, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Many exhibitors from the U.S., India, Taiwan, South Korea and China also took part. From the U.S., 78 companies exhibited at the trade fair, including 31 exhibitors within the North American Pavilion.
The 1,241 companies from 57 nations at Tube 2018 showcased pipe and tube materials, manufacturing, finishing, processing, machinery and plants. Tube 2018 also featured a China Pavilion. The trade fair occupied more than 559,700 square feet of exhibit space.
At Tube 2018 most exhibitors came from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria and France. Most overseas exhibitors traveled from the U.S., China, India, South Korea and Taiwan. From the U.S., 39 companies displayed their products, with nine exhibitors participating in the North American Pavilion.
Over 50% of the visitors of both trade fairs came with concrete investment intentions, and 70% of them were executives with high decision-making authority. Overall, attendees at both trade fairs rated the events as outstanding. A total of 70% of visitors were from countries other than Germany, with one-third coming from overseas, and 55% of attendees stated that they found new suppliers.