Record Number of Exhibitors and Visitors at the 4th PaintExpo

PaintExpo further expands on its position as leading international trade fair for industrial coating technology

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With over 25 percent more exhibitors and visitors, the 4th PaintExpo registered record growth. The 410 exhibitors from 24 countries experienced an excellent atmosphere thanks not only to the quantity but also the quality of the inquiries and concrete projects the 8,028 visitors brought with them when they came to the international trade fair for industrial coating technology in Karlsruhe (Germany) from 17th till 20th April 2012. The visitors themselves were delighted with the numerous comprehensive and representative products on show.

“You can tell that the PaintExpo was taken even more seriously by the industry this year and that it has become even more professional. Only trade visitors searching for solutions to their problems come to the fair. The fair has also become more international. Around one third of the enquiries and projects we received during the four days of the fair came from foreign visitors”, reported Petra Schotte-Pirker, Head of Marketing at WIWA Spritztechnik Wilhelm Wagner GmbH & Co. KG. Nearly all of the 410 exhibitors - 25.4 percent more than in 2010 - were pleased with their trade fair attendance. Participating companies came from 24 countries and the proportion of foreign exhibitors was 26.3 percent – that’s about 6 percent higher than in 2010. The companies presented their products and solutions for wet painting, powder coating and coil coating on a net surface area of 10,406 square meters – a plus of 28.8 percent. The number of visitors to the international leading trade fair for industrial coating technology also rose by an impressive 25.5 percent to 8,028. 21.2 percent of trade visitors came to Karlsruhe from foreign countries. In total, 63 countries from all continents were represented.

Qualified inquiries and concrete projects
It wasn’t just the quantity and internationality but also the quality of the visitors coming to the event organized by FairFair GmbH that was positive. As a result of their excellent technical and decision-making skills, exhibitors stated that discussions with visitors were about very specific topics. “We attended the PaintExpo for the first time this year and trade fair has been a real bonus for our company. In contrast with other trade fairs, this one is focused on industrial coating technology, enabling us to make lots of interesting new contacts with important companies and arrange concrete dates for further talks”, enthused Claudia Vignati, Management Assistant of CHEMTEC Srl, an Italian manufacturer of pretreatment systems. Rüdiger Strunz, Manager Sales and Marketing at CWS Powder Coatings GmbH, was also very pleased with the way the trade fair went: “For us, the PaintExpo has become the major international trade fair. All of our foreign subsidiaries are represented here and we’ve had many qualified inquiries also from Eastern Europe, the Benelux countries and Asia. We’ll definitely be attending the PaintExpo again in 2014”. Karin Schumann, Marketing at ITW Industrial Finishing Oberflächentechnik GmbH is also convinced that they’ll be back in two years’ time. “It exceeded our expectations. We had a lot of international visitors to our booth from the automotive, metal processing and plastics coating industries. We’ve also made many new important contacts. Our management also came to the trade fair and decided that it is a must to be represented here”. Martin Heinrich was equally surprised by the number of visitors. “It’s the first time we’ve exhibited here and the response has been overwhelming – we hadn’t reckoned with so much interest. Many visitors had already heard about nano ceramics and talked to us about very specific projects. We’ll definitely be back in two years time”, reported the CEO of D O K Chemie GmbH. “The trade fair was excellent for us. We were able to meet up with many of our South American customers and make new contacts, hold talks with partner companies and inform ourselves about the latest technologies and trends. We also found out that PaintExpo Eurasia is taking place in Istanbul next year and we’ll be attending that, too”, Pablo Meeuwes, Commercial Manager of Göttert SA in Argentina, summed up his trade fair experience. The aim to get to know first tier suppliers was the reason why the Australian paint manufacturer Coating & Industrial Technologies Pty Ltd attended the PaintExpo and that was more than fulfilled. “We’ve been able to establish excellent contacts not only with visitors from the automotive industry but also with manufacturers of glasses, furniture and many other fields where plastics are coated. Visitors came, of course, from German-speaking countries but also from Italy, the USA, Japan, Korea, France, Holland, Belgium and Eastern Europe. We felt very much at home at the trade fair, which was also thanks to the super organization”, said CEO Joachim Riederich (Jogi).

Number 1 information and purchasing platform for users
For users around the world, the PaintExpo is also the first choice when it comes to solutions for wet painting, powder coating and coil coating. This is partly due to the high concentration of industrial coating technology companies participating and also due to the world’s most comprehensive and representative range of products on show, from pre-treating through paints, systems engineering and application technology right up to final inspection and packaging.
The next PaintExpo international leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will be taking place from 8th to 11th April 2014 in Karlsruhe. Together with the Turkish partner Artkim Fuarcelik, FairFair GmbH is organizing the 2nd PaintExpo Eurasia trade fair for industrial coating technology in Istanbul in Turkey from 12th till 14th September 2013.

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Further comments from exhibitors
Claudia Haimerl, Marketing, Sturm Gruppe, Germany,
“We’re again very pleased that we attended the trade fair. We were able to make excellent contacts. Decision-makers were at the trade fair, which made it possible to work effectively and make progress. We’ll definitely have a booth again at the PaintExpo in 2014.”

Angelo Pagani, Export Manager, ALCEA Srl, Italy
“The trade fair started off quietly but from the second day onwards, things went really well for us. We could establish good contacts, which will help us to improve our presence on the German market and beyond. That’s because we had visitors to our booth from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Portugal and France. Our participation at the PaintExpo has therefore paid its way 100 percent.”

Fatih Dogan, CEO, Hertz Kompressoren GmbH, Germany
“The PaintExpo went well for us. We achieved our aim of making contacts with companies and users from the paint shop construction industry and coating technology. Around 80 percent of the contacts we made were from Germany, which is what we wanted. That made our attendance at the trade fair definitely worthwhile and I reckon on us coming back in 2014.”

Hans-Jürgen Multhammer, CEO, ASIS Automation Systems & Intelligent Solutions GmbH, Germany
“This is a really good place to hold compact discussions, something you can’t do in day-to-day business. We had lots of visitors to our booth again, also from Asia and America. Our presence at the trade fair was certainly worthwhile.”

Ogün Okyar, Export Manager, IBA Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey
“The first time we attended PaintExpo was part of the European growth strategy of IBA Kimya and we’re very pleased that we exhibited in Karlsruhe. We definitely had a good time in every aspect, it was a stress free organization, there were helping hands all around, we had a chance to look into what the competition does, and last but not least we met with so many informed professionals from all around Europe, from the industry, end-users and traders. We’re already looking forward to the next PaintExpo.”

Erik Calundan, Marketing Manager, CALDAN Conveyor A/S, Denmark
“We’ve been attending the PaintExpo since 2006 and this has been our most successful participation with lots of super discussions. The PaintExpo is the right place for the coating industry to join up from all over the globe - it’s like meeting up with old friends.”

Abdullah Soyaslan, Sales Manager, STR Technical Machine Ltd. Co., Turkey
“The European market is new to us and we see a huge potential here. The PaintExpo is a recognized trade fair which has a good reputation, that’s why we decided to attend it this year. It was a very successful event for us and I think we’ll be taking part again in two years’ time. “

Andreas Ludwig, Manager Sales OEM / Marketing, Mäder Plastiklack AG, Germany
“As a paints manufacturer supplying the automotive, railway and general industries, we view PaintExpo as one of the most important trade fairs because visitors come from so many different industries. We’ll certainly be back again in two years’ time.”

Anuj Gupta, Director, Rapid Coat Powder Coatings, India
“This was our first time at the PaintExpo and, on the whole, we’re pleased with the way things went. The organization was very good and we were able to establish a number of high quality contacts with companies from Eastern Europe. Unfortunately we didn’t have as many visitors to our booth from Western Europe as we’d hoped. But we’ll definitely be attending the PaintExpo again in two years’ time.

Rolf Müller, Head of Sales Department Special Applications, IST Metz GmbH, Germany
“Every visitor who came to the PaintExpo knew about UV and no one asked what’s your product. You really only meet people who are in the know, also, visitors bring concrete projects with them. That’s why it’s the only trade fair IST Metz attends in the field of three-dimensional coating.

Holger Weierstall, Sales Representative, Walther Spritz- und Lackiersysteme GmbH, Germany
“The frequency and quality of requests was very high. Visitors came from all fields of industry and from all over the world.”

Hans-Jörg Wössner, General Representative, acp – advanced clean production GmbH, Germany
“We had significantly more enquiries about cleaning before coating. Today, the issues of economizing on space and costs play an ever-increasing role. With our CO2 snow jet technology, we can help to that. As a result, PaintExpo 2012 was even more successful for us than in 2010 and we’ll be back again in two years.”

Andrew Walton, General Manager, Euromask Ltd., United Kingdom
“Our participation at the trade fair was a very pleasant surprise. The visit was very good and the quality of contacts we made excellent.”

Oliver Kupfer, CEO, Kupca Kunststoffsysteme, Germany
“We exhibited painting frames made of plastic and our products were very well received. No trivial conversation, just concrete technical discussions. Most visitors were involved in the automotive industry and came from all over the world.”

Lars Karlsson, Technical & Marketing Director, TRIAB / Tri Innovations AB, Sweden
“The trade fair went well for us. We made interesting contacts, met colleagues and got to know companies which would like to act as representatives for us in other countries.”

Adam Mitchell, Marketing, Pollution Control Products Co., USA
“This was the first time we’d attended a trade fair for coating technology in Europe and we were very pleasantly surprised. We went home having made excellent contacts and acquired new customers. I think we’ll be attending PaintExpo 2014 with a larger booth.”

Matthias Gebhart, Engineering Specialist Sales, Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH, Germany
“We had lots of interested trade visitors with concrete wishes and requests for projects and plans. People here were looking specifically for manufacturers and solutions to specific applications. A lot of enquiries came from plant manufacturers who don’t have their own conveyor technology.”
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