On 18th – 19th October FASTENER POLAND®, the international trade fair for fastener and fixing technology, left a positive impression on the exhibitors and visitors who attended EXPO Kraków. The 6th edition successfully endorsed two days of industry meetings, thousands of conversations, guests from dozens of countries, an expert conference, novelties and premieres.
Even before the first visitors arrived at EXPO Kraków, organisers believed this year’s edition of FASTENER POLAND® would be a major success, with the show including 150 producers and distributors from 15 different countries – 77% of which came from abroad. Post show, this was further confirmed with organisers reporting that of the 3,258 people who visited the fair, 45% visited from abroad, with the highest number of visitors coming from Italy, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, alongside noticeable attendance from India, Taiwan, Brazil and China.
The international business atmosphere was visible every step of the way at EXPO Kraków. Tomasz Karwowski, commercial director of DROMET Sp. z.o.o. commented his appreciation for the opportunity to meet many new customers. “Our main goal is to meet new customers – customers from outside our own country. Every year we manage to achieve this goal. I’m very happy with this. Among the foreign customers who visited our stand this year were also those with whom we had not had contact before.”
Andrea Villa, vice-president of the management board of EUROFIX Italia, noted: “The FASTENER POLAND® trade fair is not as large as other events in the world, but it is very specialised, which means that I have time to talk to every client. I can spend several minutes talking to them and discuss in detail all the issues that interest them. This is very important for us.”
A novelty of this year’s trade fair was the zone of fasteners dedicated to the renewable energy and electrical engineering sectors. Poland is among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the size for the photovoltaics market and the industry has recorded continuous increases in sales – meaning the demand for specialised components is constantly growing. It was here that exhibitors presented their latest innovative and high-quality components, dedicated to this growing industry.
Another indispensable element of FASTENER POLAND® is the industry conference where, each year, the most current topics for the industry are discussed. This time the main theme was ecology and economics in the fastener industry, along with the challenges and opportunities they entail. The most discussed issue was the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). New regulations and the changes related to their introduction are another challenge for company’s importing products from outside the EU.
“This is just one aspect of the broadly understood green revolution that the industry is witnessing, which results not only in challenges, but also in opportunities for entrepreneurs. The development of ecological and economic construction and renewable energy sources requires access to fasteners that meet the highest quality standards. All these problems were discussed by respected experts, and the conference enjoyed great interest among visitors and exhibitors alike,” reported the organisers.
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