Hardware Cologne

Hardware Cologne

Congratulations: Winners of the EISEN 2016 have been selected

Verleihung des Awards „EISEN 2016“, Gruppenfoto, Theater am Tanzbrunnen

After a successful first day at the trade fair, four of the exhibitors of EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair had a very special reason to celebrate again last evening: The winners of the EISEN CSR Award 2016 and the EISEN Innovation Award 2016 were namely distinguished during the Welcome Party at the Rheinterrassen. For its special commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, the company GÜNZBURGER STEIGTECHNIK GMBH walked off with the coveted prize. The EISEN Innovation Award 2016 went to the companies August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. KG – PFERD-Werkzeuge (High Speed Disc ALUMASTER®), HAZET-WERK Hermann Zerver GmbH & Co.KG (VDE torque spanner) and fischer Deutschland Vertriebs GmbH (fischer DUOPOWER). read more…

EISEN Award 2016: Nominees have been announced!

Gruppenbild der Preisträger des Award "Eisen 2014". Theater am Tanzbrunnen.

For the third time already corporate responsibility and innovative products are honored with the EISEN Award at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair. In cooperation with the Federal Association of the German DIY, Building and Garden Specialist Stores (BHB), the Koelnmesse will distribute the prize for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and thus rewards ideas and strategies that specifically aim at sustainable development. Innovative products are prized together with the Central Association of the Hardware Trade (ZHH). read more…

Informing, involving, inspiring – The event programme of the EISENWARENMESSE –International Hardware Fair 2016

Eingang Ost

Time is running out! Soon, from 6 to 8 March, EISENWARENMESSE will open its gates. Next to various unique presentations and a broad range of products, visitors can look forward to this year’s special focus on networking formats as well as manifold talks, lectures and events. read more…


eisenwarenmesse-495x329A better focus paired with more efficiency: For three days, from March 6 to 8, EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR will showcase a broad variety of innovations on more than 144,200 square meters. Products, innovations and trends from the world of tools, industry supply, fastening technology and DIY and home improvement goods will be in the spotlight. One of the highlights of 2016: The first e-commerce day will shed light on the upcoming trends of online trade and its implications on the hardware industry. read more…

Smart and diverse: Industry trends 2016

Eingang Süd

Preparations for the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR are currently in full swing. Innovations and trends will be the focal point at the industry’s most important platform. Only those companies that regularly come up with intelligent products, optimized marketing strategies and modern POS competencies can succeed in the day-to-day competition. The hardware world is eagerly awaiting countless innovations and optimized products. Intelligent dowels, LED light, smart home – Cologne’s trade fair will have a lot to offer in March. read more…

Upward trend and challenges ahead for the industry

Hallendurchblick, Halle 10.1

Many companies in the hardware and tools industry can look back at three positive quarters. In comparison to last year, a slight growth is visible almost everywhere. Many market players see the opportunity to continue this year’s upward trend through next year. To reach this goal, manufacturers and distributors will have to strengthen their own E-Commerce strategies if they don’t want to lose market shares to international online shops. read more…

EISENWARENMESSE 2016: Study and Theme Day on e-commerce

eisenwarenmesseIt doesn’t matter if you own a small or medium sized business or work in a multinational corporation: There are endless possibilities for distributing your products over the internet. Not so sure, which platform might be the right one for your business? If you should choose an online marketplace, your own online shop, or both? Those topics are increasingly determining the dialogue of the German hardware and tool industry. read more…

“No Copy! Pro Original”

eisenwarenmesse 2014

Wherever many new trends and products are showcased, for instance at trade fairs like EISENWARENMESSE INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE there is always a risk of product piracy. At the same time, trade fairs offer affected businesses excellent opportunities to identify the perpetrators. The place to go to find answers to all questions related to this topic is the “No Copy!” stand. It aims to raise exhibitors’ and visitors’ awareness of the problem, while providing them with direct assistance.

Recent studies on product piracy in the machine and plant engineering industry are alarming. Last year, almost three in four German machine and plant engineering manufacturers were victims of product piracy and plagiarism. Consequential damages are not only financial losses of some eight billion euro (2013), but also image losses, unjustified recourse claims and throwbacks for the companies’ brand advantage. read more…

INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE 2016 and IAW 2016: Pay once and visit two fairs



When EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE opens its doors in the spring of 2016 from 6 to 8 March, for the first time ever the Monday and Tuesday of the trade fair will overlap with the International Trade Fair for Retail Promotions and Imports (IAW). After the initial cooperation for Asia-Pacific Sourcing (APS) in the spring of 2015 this is already the second cooperation between Koelnmesse and the Nordwestdeutsche exhibition company.

“The exhibitors of APS totally benefited from the increased attendance as a result of the strategic partnership with the IAW trade fair in the spring 2015,” explained Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “We see similar synergy effects for the exhibitors of EISENWARENMESSE INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE. There are overlaps with the visitor target groups of IAW here too.” read more…

German construction and DIY markets with a strong first half year


Although 2015 has started rather slowly, construction and DIY markets in Germany are beginning to pick up speed. With a revenue of 5.44 billion € in the second quarter, they improved by 5.5 percent in comparison to last year. The first half year’s revenue was 9.3 billion € (+1.2 % vs. previous year).

BHB general manager Wüst sees this development as a confirmation for the industry’s “innovative sales management and as an attractive portfolio which is a great foundation for the German construction and DIY markets”. read more…

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