by Gang Hao Chang, Fastener World
The biannual Int’l Hardware Fair Cologne was held from March 6th through 8th, which attracted 44,000 trade visitors from 124 countries and 2,670 exhibitors from 55 countries around the world. The venue spanned the area of 144,000 sq. meters. Over 86% of the exhibitors were from abroad, with the highest growth in the number of German exhibitors (+6.3%). There was also a great percentage of exhibitors from European countries such as France, UK, Italy, and Spain. Fastener World Inc. brought lots of Taiwanese exhibitors to the fair this year including Special Rivets, Shyang Shen, Taiwan Shan Yin, Win Chance, Shanghai Fast-Fix, Panther T & H, Ray Fu, Hsin Chang, Top Screw, Joker, Wei In, P&Z. The number of Taiwanese fastener-related exhibitors was more than 30. The organizer also gave a brief presentation on the topic of “B2B Marketplace in 2016” as well as an “EISEN Awards 2016” ceremony. The next fair is scheduled to take place again on Mar. 4-6, 2018.