Hardware Cologne

Hardware Cologne

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”

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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…

E-Commerce in the hardware industry

The German hardware industry has been growing constantly for the last 5 years: In 2014, the total revenue improved to 90.8 billion €. During the crisis in 2009 it had only been 69.8 billion €. With this improvement, the industry could even top the level before 2009.


While economy was down, e-commerce slowly started having a real impact. Technological development and the first smart devices within German households influenced businesses. Trade began to shift to digital platforms. Sales in the B2B sector displayed that development: While the total revenue in 2007 was 396 billion €, digital sales exploded to 870 billion € in 2012. read more…

Global DIY-Summit: A truly global event

The international Home Improvement industry has a common destination: On June 11 and 12, 2015, the whole world of home improvement will meet at the Global DIY-Summit in London to learn and exchange thoughts about latest developments and innovative concepts. The organisers of the congress are expecting more than 700 participants from over 40 countries, representing all continents – thus making it a truly global event.

Screen-Shot Programm

Already today, top executives from the retail industry have registered. Seize this perfect opportunity to meet all decision-makers from the largest DIY retailers around the globe, including, but not limited to, Lowe’s, Groupe ADEO, Kingfisher, OBI, Bunnings (Australia), Sodimac (South America), Cashbuild (South Africa), and Cainz (Japan). read more…


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Visitors and exhibitors of the INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR can look forward to a lot of innovations and news in 2016. In addition to focusing on a compact three day show (March 6 through March 8, 2016), the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR celebrates its 40th edition and for the very first time introduces a presentation area for DIY providers in cooperation with the manufacturers’ association “Haus & Garten e.V.” (Homes & Garden).

The 210 meter long DIY Boulevard runs right through the middle of the hall which traditionally houses companies from the construction and DIY sector. In addition, a networking area, directly adjacent to the DIY Boulevard, is available for meeting purposes – the perfect place for interesting and constructive conversations between trade visitors and the top players in the construction, home & garden industries.

Christoph Werner, Senior Vice President of Koelnmesse, is confident that these newly introduced features will be successful: “With the DIY Boulevard, we are offering a format that is optimally suited to the needs of the exhibitors. In this area, they have the possibility to address the decision-makers in a very efficient and focused way”. Registrations for the DYI Boulevard confirm the success of the new concept: The area is already fully booked. Among others, industry leaders such as Abus, Burg-Wächter, Fischer, Getalit, Hettich, Leifheit, Mellerud, Steinel, Tesa, TOX and Westag have already confirmed.

“We are convinced that the DIY Boulevard will provide positive stimuli at the show, thanks to the fact that the top players of the industry are participating and that the area is already booked out”, emphasizes the Executive Director of the Manufacturers’ Association Haus & Garten e.V., Ralf Rahmede.

The EISENWARENMESSE 2016 will be open to trade visitors from 6 through 8 March, 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. For more information visit our homepage: http://www.eisenwarenmesse.com.


Shorter, more concentrated, more effective: Following the wishes of the industry the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE will run for three days in total – from March 6 to 8 2016.


Almost 2,800 exhibitors and about 44,000 trade visitors from 136 countries – the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE 2014 was once more a great success. Most trade visitors came during the first two trade fair days – only 15 percent took advantage of the last trade fair day to catch up on innovations and highlights of the hardware industry and conduct business. read more…

Impressions of the International Hardware Fair 2014


The International Hardware Fair 2014 was a great success and once more proved its importance to the hardware industry. 2.783 exhibitors from 53 countries presented their numerous product novelties and exciting innovations in the field of industrial supplies, fastening and joining technology, fittings, tools and construction and DIY goods. read more…

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