Facts & Figures 2016

Trend for digitisation boosts economic outlook for the sheet metal working industry

EuroBLECH Show Review

The 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition ended after five successful show days. One of the main themes at EuroBLECH 2016 was the overall trend for digitisation and automation of production processes. The innovative spirit in the industry sector led to a 2% increase in net exhibition space and visitor numbers compared to the previous event. A total of 60,636 visitors from some 102 different countries came to Hanover to get an overview of the latest technological developments in sheet metal processing and invest in new production equipment. 1,505 companies from 41 countries displayed their products and services on a record net exhibition space of 87,800m².

The trend for digitised manufacturing boosted innovation and business activity in the sheet metal working industry and its leading industry exhibition. The atmosphere at EuroBLECH 2016 was filled with an overall fascination about the recent technological advancements and the large number of positive international business contacts.

EuroBLECH Show Review

With its high degree in international attendance, EuroBLECH 2016 reflected the importance of global business contacts: A total of 39% of visitors and 54% of exhibitors came from outside Germany. This was a further increase by 2% each compared to the previous show and represented a record percentage in international attendance. EuroBLECH 2016 saw a major increase in Asian visitors (+30%), but also in visitors from EU countries outside Germany (+11%). Major visitor countries, next to Germany, included the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Great Britain, Turkey and India.  

With 99%, the percentage of trade visitors was once again very high. Besides the high rate of international visitors the exhibition could again register a high percentage of visitors from the top management with decision-making and buying capacity. The percentage of visitors involved in decision-making has increased by 3% to a total of 84%.

The results of the exhibition survey show that both exhibitors and visitors of EuroBLECH 2016 were highly satisfied. The visitors praised the completeness and international range of the products on display. The exhibitors praised the qualified and international audience with its high percentage of decision-makers. The exhibitors also stated that they had met a large number of new business contacts. Three quarters of all exhibitors stated on-site that they intended to exhibit again at the next EuroBLECH, held from 23 – 26 October 2018 in Hanover, Germany.  

Key Facts EuroBLECH 2016

FKM audited

1,505 exhibitors from 41 countries
(2014: 1,573 exhibitors from 38 countries)

87,800m² net exhibition space
(2014: 86,500m² net exhibition space)

148,000m² gross exhibition space
(2014: 144,000m² gross exhibition space)

Development of Exhibitor Figures 1969 – 2016

Development of Exhibitor Figures 1969 – 2016

Origin of Exhibitors

Germany 46%

Other countries 54%

Top Exhibitor Countries

  1. Germany 689
  2. Italy 249
  3. Turkey 93
  4. China 91
  5. The Netherlands 46
  6. Switzerland 38
  7. Spain 31
  8. Austria 28
  9. Denmark 27
  10. USA 23

Key Industries

  1. Forming technology
  2. Sheet metal, semi-finished, finished products, components
  3. Separation technology
  4. Machine elements
  5. Tool/die technology
  6. Tube/section working
  7. Flexible sheet metal working
  8. Surface treatment
  9. Handling technology
  10. Joining technology
  11. Process control, quality assurance
  12. Factory and warehouse equipment, safety at work, environment protection
  13. Services, information, communication
  14. Data processing CAD/CAM
  15. Processing of hybrid structures

Exhibitor Feedback

75% of exhibitors from 2016 intend to return for EuroBLECH 2018.


*FKM (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics)

Key Facts EuroBLECH 2016

FKM en

60,636 registered visitors from 102 countries
(2014: 59,618 visitors from 105 countries)

99% trade visitors

Development of Visitor Figures 1969 – 2016

Development of Visitor Figures 1969 – 2016

Facts about the Visitors

16,900 EuroBLECH visitors do not attend any other show
50,934 visitors are involved in purchasing decisions
Every second visitor came to the show with concrete investment plans

Origin of Visitors

Germany 61%

Other countries 39%

Origin of Visitors from outside Germany

Visitors origin outside Germany EuroBLECH 2016

Top Five Visitor Expectations

(acc. to EuroBLECH 2016 visitor survey)

  • Personal consultations
  • Practical machine demonstrations
  • Brochures, sales literature
  • Samples, models
  • Virtual machine demonstrations

*FKM (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics)

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