Up-to-date information about the trade fair

New focus: surface technology

Be curious about a new trade fair focus: This year the FMB will show the trends in surface technology for the first time. As an exhibitor, both plant builders and efficient service providers are e.g. addressed for the fields of blasting, electroplating, powder coating and painting and parts cleaning. Around 20 FMB exhibitors are active in this area. You will soon find this interesting and innovative area of ​​the supplier industry in the online catalog of the FMB.

Trade fairs from 30 May 2020 will be possible again!

It is now officially confirmed: Trade shows and conventions are permitted to take place in North Rhine-Westphalia with effect from 30 May 2020. This is the case according to the North Rhine-Westphalia Plan of the state government published on 6 May 2020. This is great news for the organisers of the FMB – the supplier show for mechanical engineering, particularly as the time between this effective date and the start of the show on 4 November 2020 is so long that there is at least some hope that the measures made necessary by the pandemic will be further relaxed. The FMB team is also developing a corresponding concept and is very confident of opening the doors as planned from 4 to 6 November 2020!

New at FMB: the Smart Badge

Thanks to the latest smart badge technology, you will receive an intelligent visitor id card at the entrance to the trade fair. This enables visitors and exhibitors to exchange contact details and information digitally via TOUCH & COLLECT. Your ID card is your virtual carrying bag during the trade fair visit. Stop heavy catalogues! Collect information from exhibitors easily and digitally. How does it work? Find out all about the new visitor card here.

Igus expands stand at FMB 2020

For igus as a regular exhibitor, the FMB 2020 is not merely a “fixture on their calendar” but is assigned a more significant role in view of the general situation. Michael Blaß, head of the division e-chain systems: We are always glad to showcase our products at the FMB and have further increased our exhibition space this year. This show gives us the opportunity to conduct discussions with customers in the north-west of Germany, particularly at a time when many large national trade shows have been cancelled.” This year alone, igus will be showcasing over 100 motion plastics innovations in Bad Salzuflen. They contribute to improving the technology employed by the users and to reducing costs.

An issue more important than ever: Supply chains

In addition to engineering trends – with digitalisation leading the way – the trade show organiser is of the opinion that one topic at the forthcoming FMB will be discussed much more intensively than in previous years. Christian Enßle: “Many companies have now established that their supply chains are unstable in this time of crisis. In the coming months, they will draw their own conclu-sions from this situation, reassess their procurement strategies in this light and, for instance, build up second source suppliers or rely more on regional ones.” The 16th FMB – the supplier show for mechanical engineering will provide the ideal forum for this. After all, it was originally set up to bring together the suppliers in East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL) and the enterprises based there with a view to developing regional networks.

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