A total of 2,600 managers, engineers and buyers from a wide cross-section of industry attended the highly successful Fastener Fair Italy, which took place at the MiCo – Milano Congressi on 28 and 29 September.
While the majority of visitors were from Italy, some 36% were from a further 58 countries, underlining the international appeal of this event. Of those attending, 39% were distributors or suppliers of fastener products to users, 32% were fasteners or fixings manufacturers, 25% were wholesalers or suppliers to resellers, and 16% were fastener or fixings users.
In all, 170 companies from 13 countries exhibited at the show, presenting diverse and innovative products aimed at a wide range of manufacturing sectors and at the important construction fixings market. Suppliers of fastener manufacturing equipment were also well represented.
Adding a further important dimension to Fastener Fair Italy was an accompanying programme of free seminars. These proved highly popular, attracting 120 delegates overall. Three sessions were devised by Show Partner Fasten.it in collaboration with Mack Brooks Exhibitions, providing insights into issues currently affecting the fasteners market:
“Distribution of Fasteners: Market Changes and Technological Innovation” was presented by Bruno Troiano of Frontline Consulting.
“Structural Anchors and Construction Products Regulation”, by Barbara Sorgato, General Secretary of the European Consortium of Anchors Producers, examined major changes in the CE marking of European construction products.
In the third seminar, Jean-Paul Amaro of French fasteners and wire manufacturer UGIVIS and Fausto Capelli and Paolo Viganò of Centro Inox in Milan, discussed the outlook for the stainless steel fasteners sector.
A fourth seminar hosted by D.F. Edizioni was entitled “New Consulting Scenarios for Companies in the Management of Change”, with contributions from Claudio Balestrucci, Roberto Diaferia, Francois Gualtieri, Alessandra Palladini and Francesco Petralia.
Positive exhibitor feedback
Fastener Fair Italy organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions received very positive feedback from exhibitors, indicating plenty of valuable business leads and expressing strong approval of both the number and quality of visitors attending the show.
Exhibition Director Olivia Griscelli says: “Exhibitors and visitors warmly welcomed this event, confirming its potential for generating new business, highlighting the latest product developments and most importantly creating valuable opportunities for face-to-face contact. We thank everyone who contributed to its great success.”