The 16th parts2clean proved to be a complete success. From 23 - 25 October 2018 the 240 exhibitors at parts2clean transformed Halls 3 and 5 of the Stuttgart Exhibition Grounds into an international hub for the industrial components and surface cleaning sectors. Companies from 16 countries exhibited at the event, including 26 percent from outside the host nation Germany. Approx. 4,500 trade visitors from 42 countries attended, a response that underlines the consistently sound performance of this international flagship event. Some 21 percent of the trade visitors came from outside Germany, including 76 percent from member nations of the EU and a further 18 percent from non-EU European countries. Germany, of course, accounted for the largest contingent of visitors. This year the biggest groups of visitors from outside the host nation came from Austria, followed by Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands.
"We are entirely satisfied with the results of parts2clean 2018", says Olaf Daebler, Global Director parts2clean at Deutsche Messe AG, adding: "Many exhibitors noted a further improvement in terms of the quality of the visitors.
Decision-makers welcome this platform for information and acquisitions
The 16th parts2clean clearly showed that more companies from different sectors are beginning to recognize the important role played by industrial parts and surface cleaning in maintaining quality standards in diverse stages of production. This was made evident not only by the extraordinarily high proportion of professionals who attended the event (99 percent), but also by the decision-making competence of the visitors within their companies. One in two visitors came from management and 85 percent of all visitors stated that they played a role in their company's investment decisions. It was also clear that the visitors to parts2clean were keen to invest. No fewer than 82 percent of them came with clear ideas on acquisition and investment, a figure that was slightly higher than at last year's trade show. Some 41 percent of these potential investors had an investment budget of over 100,000 euros at their disposal. In other words, many of the trade visitors arrived at the International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning with clear intentions and concrete projects in mind.
Focus on trends and future requirements
A tour of parts2clean showed that this flagship event is not solely focused on current needs and demand for clean industrial components and surfaces. As parts2clean organizer Daebler pointed out: "We established that digitization and automation are making rapid inroads into industrial components and surface cleaning." The organizers responded, therefore, by including new display formats, special presentations and various exhibits covering these future-focused areas.
A cross-section of sectors and materials
The cleaning of industrial parts and surfaces involves an extremely broad range of tasks and requirements, and this diversity is matched by the number of sectors from which the professional visitors at parts2clean came. The sector with the biggest contingent of visitors this year was the automobile industry with approx. 42 percent, followed by mechanical and plant engineering, metalworking and metal processing, electrical engineering and electronics, precision engineering, optics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and production technology. The verdict of the visitors at parts2clean was positive. An overwhelming majority stated that the event covered almost every aspect. Nine out of ten visitors are confident that they will again attend the International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning in the future. The next parts2clean will take place from 22-24 October 2019 at the Stuttgart Exhibition Grounds.