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Sheet metal working industry prepares for the uptrend: EuroBLECH 2010 shows latest trends and innovative technology

(PresseBox) (St Albans, ) From 26-30 October 2010, the 21st International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will open its doors again in Hanover, Germany. This year, the world's largest trade exhibition for this industry sector will focus upon innovative technologies for the future of sheet metal working. Enhanced fabrication processes for adapting to changing demand; intelligent systems for energysaving and environmentally sustainable production; new materials as well as the latest trends in R&D will be on display.

"The current situation, a period of economic regeneration, demands a great deal of innovative capacity from every company. After a difficult time, it is important to now set the course for the future by sourcing the right equipment," explains Nicola Hamann, Exhibition Director EuroBLECH on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. "For industry experts from all over the world, EuroBLECH 2010, with its theme 'Time for Innovation', is therefore the first choice when it comes to gaining a comprehensive overview of trends and innovative technology, and to finding suitable machinery and tailormade solutions", says Nicola Hamann.

1,410 exhibitors from 42 countries

With 1,410 exhibitors from 42 countries and a net exhibition space of 78,000 m2 this year's EuroBLECH is bigger than the show in 2006, a very successful year for the sheet metal working industry. "Although this year's figures do not match the record exhibition in 2008, the current booking status clearly shows that the sheet metal working industry is on the up again", says Nicola Hamann.

International participation at this year's EuroBLECH has risen again slightly, with 46% of exhibitors coming from outside Germany this time. Following Germany and Italy, Turkey now represents the third biggest group of exhibitors. The number of exhibitors from Asia, particularly from China, Taiwan and India, has also increased substantially for this year's show.

Traditionally EuroBLECH is also a highly international event as regards the visitor numbers. At the last exhibition, 35% of the trade visitors came to Hanover from abroad. A total of 69,400 visitors from 98 countries attended the EuroBLECH 2008 show.

EuroBLECH and the Hanover exhibition grounds

This year it will be the 10th anniversary for EuroBLECH at the Hanover exhibition grounds. Launched in 1969 in London, Mack Brooks Exhibitions moved the Trade Exhibition for Sheet Metal Working to Zurich, Switzerland in 1974. Since 1978 the show has been held in Germany, the biggest market for sheet metal working. Here, it has continuously developed, until it outgrew the exhibition centre in Essen. Since 1992 EuroBLECH has its home in Hanover, the world's largest exhibition grounds.

This year, EuroBLECH covers seven halls of the Hanover exhibition grounds. Clearly structured, the exhibition's layout shows the entire sheet metal working technology chain:

- Sheet metal, semifinished & finished products (ferrous/nonferrous), halls 15, 16
- Handling technology, halls 15, 16, 27
- Separation technology, halls 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
- Forming technology , hall 27
- Flexible sheet metal working technology, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
- Tube/Section working, halls 11, 14, 15
- Machine elements, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
- Joining & fastening technology, hall 13
- Surface technology for sheet metal/plate (processrelated), hall 13
- Tool technology for sheet metal/plate working, halls 13, 27
- Process control & quality assurance, halls 11, 12, 14, 15
- Data processing (hardware and software), halls 11, 12
- Factory & warehouse equipment, halls 11, 13, 14, 15, 16
- Safety at work/Environment protection, halls 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
- Services, information & communication, halls 11, 12, 13, 16

With this comprehensive range of products, EuroBLECH is the event for everyone involved in sheet metal production, working or trading, from all management levels in small, mediumsized or multinational companies. Visitors include production specialists, designers, plant managers, manufacturers, engineers and buyers as well as students and experts from associations.

Exhibition Preview available

A comprehensive Exhibition Preview with detailed information on many exhibitors and their products will be available from September 2010. The Exhibition Preview also includes a complete exhibitor list, an area map, an article on the latest trends in laser technology as well as useful tips for travel and stay. The Exhibition Preview can be downloaded from www.euroblech.com or can be ordered on the website as a print version freeofcharge.

Travel & Accommodation

Hanover, with its excellent infrastructure, can easily be reached by air, train, car and public transport. Drivers can find extensive parking areas directly at the exhibition grounds.

The train station 'Hannover Laatzen' is directly linked with entrance 'West 1' via 'Skywalk West'. In addition to regional trains, high speed ICEtrains stop at this station during exhibitions. The German railway company "Deutsche Bahn" offers special prices for visitors to EuroBLECH.

Tram lines 8 and 18 link the Hanover main railway station with entrance 'Nord' of the exhibition centre.

German airline Lufthansa now also offers reduced rates for international flights to Hanover during EuroBLECH. From Hanover airport, there is a regular shuttle bus to entrance West 1.

Worldfamous for international exhibitions, Hanover offers accommodation of all ratings. Moreover, numerous travel agencies worldwide offer travel packages to EuroBLECH, the most convenient way to organise a visit to the exhibition. Detailed information on travel and accommodation is available at www.euroblech.com

Opening hours / tickets

EuroBLECH 2010 is open from Tuesday, 26 October to Friday, 29 October 2010, from 09:00 - 18:00 and on Saturday, 30 October 2010, from 09:00 - 16:00. Tickets can be ordered from www.euroblech.com or purchased onsite.

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