Nowadays, the topic of e-commerce has become a permanent fixture in the hardware industry's list of necessary infrastructural measures. It’s a priority for a reason: the majority of customers will go online to read up on products, services and features or to compare prices – and might even already make a purchase decision.
The systematic recording of real requirements in internal logistics is still a relatively recent phenomenon – but this so-called intralogistics holds impressive potential for process optimization. Industry 4.0 and machine learning play a key role here.
Tools, components and spare parts of all kinds: all this and more is increasingly generated layer by layer by help of a 3D printer. Additive manufacturing offers almost infinite possibilities to design objects from different materials and shows its strengths especially in rapid prototyping.
The first early booking phase for the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR from March 1 through 4, 2020 is over - and it already looks like the trade show is headed towards a new record: the largest exhibition in the hardware industry is growing significantly.
The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2018 was an enormous success all along the line. 2,770 exhibitors from 58 countries attended the trade fair in Cologne. Take your chance to present your products next year together with the biggest brands in the hardware industry.
Every two years, the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR shows the latest and most important services and products, from tools to fastening and connection technology to building and DIY supplies. Some of these new products were presented to the public for the first time at the #EISENWARENMESSE as part of the EISEN Innovation Award, thus gaining international interest.
Koelnmesse is building for the future: spacious buildings with 10,000 m2 additional exhibition space, fascinating digital technology and many new possibilities for inspiring trade fair experiences.
...dating back to the post-war period. This was when the "Housewares and Hardware Fair" started, from which the "INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR" emerged in 1971 - as a separate event for the hardware industry. Take a look at the historical photos now!
Introducing the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (ghin)
The formerly independent organisations European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (ghin) have joined forces as a consolidated association. Ever since, they have acted as the unified voice of the DIY trade around the globe.