Korea Metal Week 2017 Gathers World’s Exhibitors
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By Teng-Feng Tsai, Fastener World The 12th Korea Metal Week (also known as International Metal Industry Technology Exhibition) took place at KINTEX on October 24-27 this year. The show aims at introducing new technology and equipment to satisfy the huge demand of Korean machinery market, providing a professional platform for manufacturers that have interests in entering Korean market. The four-day event spanned the area of 22,580 sq. meters and covered two halls, drawing 396 exhibitors from 26 countries and areas around the globe. With the scale of 862 booths, major exhibitors were mostly from Korea and India, other exhibitors from Asia, Europe, and the US, etc. also attended the show. This year the show was divided into 11 various thematic exhibit areas: Fastener & Wire, Die Casting & Foundry, 3D Printing Technology, Laser & Sheet Metal Processing, Press & Forging, Tube & Pipe, Metal Surface Treatment & Painting, Pump Technology, Automobile/Shipbuilding & Machine Parts, Aluminum, and Composite. Plus, Korea Composite Show, KOMAF, as well as Tool Tech were concurrently held during the event. There were 45 fastener and wire exhibitors, most of which were Korean companies. Fastener World along with 3 Taiwanese exhibitors also participated in the show to observe the current Korean fastener market and business opportunities, strengthening the interactions with local fastener industry. Fastener World’s representative onsite stated, “Most of the visiting buyers were Korean. One of the buyers who had experience of purchasing screws from Taiwan said that despite the cheaper price of Chinese products, Taiwanese products have higher quality. Numerous companies also expressed their tremendous interest in Chinese and Taiwanese fasteners. During the show, forums as well as seminars focusing on Korean and global fastener markets were held to offer information on the latest trends and innovative technology applications to the industry.” The next show is scheduled to take place again at KINTEX on October 30th to November 2nd, 2018.