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Manufacturing Technology & Automation
For many European customers and manufacturers in the metalworking world, the METAV Düsseldorf is of central magnitude, having been established as the event in the branch for more than 30 years:
METAV is a major platform on the metal processing market - Exhibitors reach their customers in one of the largest industrial regions of Europe at METAV
Düsseldorf/Frankfurt am Main, 27 February 2016. – METAV 2016 has demonstrated that it is a major platform on the metal processing market. Keen interest in replacement and new investments is stimulating business transactions. An attractive additional programme involving innovative topics and presentations attracted the interest of trade visitors from Germany and abroad.
“The relaunch of METAV has proved to be a complete success. With an increase of 11 per cent in the number of visitors to more than 35,000, it has reclaimed its leading position in the diaries of the international metalworking community in impressive style,” says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). “It is the first metal processing trade fair in the year with comprehensive coverage, at which the market leaders for machines and moulds/tools, the major dealers and the manufacturers of resources from measurement equipment to software present their latest developments”, Schäfer adds. 600 companies exhibited their products, solutions and services at METAV in Düsseldorf from 23-27 February.
Most of the visitors to METAV came from industry, followed by craft businesses, trade and services. Almost half of the industrial visitors operate in the machine and plant manufacturing field, while more than one fifth were from the car industry or suppliers to it. Both these industrial sectors together buy more than 70 per cent of total machine tool production. The percentage of visitors from precision mechanics and optics in particular doubled by comparison with the previous event. “This is attributable, among other things, to our new medical and measurement engineering activities”, explains Wilfried Schäfer.
Industry in Germany is planning to invest more again in the current year. “METAV played a major role here, because this is where trade visitors inform themselves about new products and prepare their investment decisions”, says Schäfer. The considerably higher quality of the visitors compared with the preceding events is exceptionally important in this context. Almost every second visitor has decision-making authority at his company and is therefore responsible for investments and procurement. They were very interested not only in machine tools but also in CAD/CAM solutions, testing and measurement technology, precision tools, toolmaking, mould manufacturing and rapid prototyping. More than 90 per cent of the visitors said that they had reached the goals they had set themselves for METAV 2016. The experts were very satisfied primarily with the range of innovative new products and technical trends that were presented.
Many visitors even came to METAV with specific investment plans. About two thirds said that they intended to place orders directly at the trade fair or after it. “We have been recording good order intake at METAV and are expecting post-trade fair business to be good as well”, confirms Joachim Herberger from Yamazaki Mazak in Göppingen. And Alexander Miksch from Miksch GmbH in Göppingen was delighted: “We have held numerous technical discussions and have obtained unprepared orders – something that is unusual for us.”
All in all, METAV 2016 attracted more than 35,000 trade visitors to Düsseldorf. Most of the German visitors came from the west and north of Germany as well as from adjacent markets. “With METAV, we are reaching a large number of our small and medium-sized customers with between 50 and 200 employees in one of the biggest and most important industrial regions of Europe”, says Jens Wunderlich from Profiroll Technologies in Bad Düben by way of summary.
DUSSELDORF TRADE FAIR HOTELS
There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE METAV Trade Fair.
You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the METAV Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
Visit a doctor.
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Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
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Make duplicates of the following: passport, driver's license, credit/debit cards, birth certificate, and insurance cards. Leave a set of copies at home or with someone you trust to retrieve the information. Pack another set carefully in your carry-on bag. Take a picture of your credit cards and security codes in case you need to access them immediately.
Anticipate technology challenges.
It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
Photograph your luggage. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing their luggage can attest that trying to describe to an airport representative what your luggage looks like (i.e. black with wheels) can be vague. A baggage claim ticket is useful, but often lost during the flight and numerous layovers. Make an effort to attach something notable to your suitcases and take a picture of your baggage with your cell phone. Now you can easily identify your luggage in the sea of black bags.
Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
TTI Travel International Trade Fair Travel Tips
Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot: