EISENWARENMESSE demonstrates its internationality 17 May 2024

Returning to its regular venue date after the special edition in autumn 2022, this year’s EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair saw 38,000 trade visitors – of which 70% were international, from 133 countries, confirming the show as an important date in the global hardware industry calendar.

Taking place from 3rd – 6th March, this year’s exhibition saw 92% of its 3,200 exhibitors come from 54 countries, presenting the current trends and new products in the tools and accessories, industrial supply, fixing and fastening technology, building supplies and home improvement sections.

Fastening and fixing technology exhibitors were mainly housed in hall 11.2 with companies such as Ambrovit SpA, ARaymond France SAS, Bossong SpA, EuroTec GmbH, Fixi Srl, Friulsider SpA, G & B Fissaggi Srl, I.N.G. Fixations, Ober SpA, pgb Europe N.V, Prebena Wilfried Bornemann GmbH & Co KG, F REYHER Nchfg. GmbH & Co KG, Rivit Srl, SIPA Srl, Tecfi SpA, TITIBI di Morandini Ermanno & C, VIPA SpA and Yuyao Alfirste Hardware Co Ltd exhibiting.

“All of the exhibiting companies praised the excellent quality of the visitors, underpinning its relevance as the key meeting point for industry trends and product innovations. The positive response and the return of many companies confirm that the March date fits in perfectly with the innovation cycle of the industry,” states Oliver Frese, chief operating officer of organisers Koelnmesse GmbH.

Thomas Dammann, chief executive director of the Central Association of the Hardware Trade e.V., emphasised the significance of the trade fair for the specialised trade: “In times of scarce resources and the current challenges, EISENWARENMESSE gave the specialised trade and B2B sector a very comprehensive overview of the European and international market for the tools and hardware industry. For the specialised trade it primarily served as a platform for new products, personal contacts, and the consolidation of partnerships, whilst keeping an eye on trends and new suppliers.”

New schedule for 2026

The next EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair will be held from 3rd – 6th March 2026, once again at the fair grounds of Koelnmesse. Taking into account the wishes of the industry for a stronger focus on the business days, it will now run from Tuesday until Friday. 

Deputy Editor

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889


Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

Alongside visiting numerous companies, exhibitions and conferences around the world, Claire has also interviewed high profile figures – focusing on key topics impacting the sector and making sure readers stay up to date with the latest developments within the industry.