Hardware Retailing

JAN 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | January 2018 64 2018 International Hardware Fair Focuses on Digital Opportunities G et a head start on your competition by visiting the EISENWARENMESSE International Hardware Fair (IHF) to see a sneak peek of upcoming products from leading manufacturers. The event draws thousands of vendors, manufacturers and business owners from across the world to Cologne, Germany, for four days of product showcases, networking opportunities, informational sessions and a global glimpse of the industry. On March 4-7, more than 2,700 exhibitors from 50 countries will present their newest product innovations inside Koelnmesse, the sixth-largest event space in the world. IHF helps business owners see the latest international manufacturing trends up close and personal and find products that could mark their operations as must-visit destinations. The event features products in the tools, industrial supplies, fasteners and fixings, fittings and home improvement products categories from internationally recognized brands. IHF also dedicates space to new companies in its Startup Village, helping emerging business owners connect directly with industry leaders. "The event is virtually fully booked; all well-known manufacturers are represented," Katharina C. Hamma, chief operating officer for Koelnmesse, says. "This underlines the significance of the trade for the entire international hardware industry." A Global Glimpse 64 HARDWARE RETAILING | January 2018 International Hardware Fair By the Numbers About 2,700 vendors, including 1,650 distinct tool manufacturers, will fill more than 15.5 million square feet of event space at Koelnmesse. By Todd Taber, ttaber@nrha.org 44,000 visitors from around the world will attend the four-day event. IHF planners anticipate

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