After the pandemic-related break in 2020, the international trade fair for surface technology starts yesterday in Stuttgart. From 21st to 23rd June, around 220 exhibitors from 18 countries will present solutions, products and services and show what the current trends in the surface industry are. As a cross-sectional technology, surface technology is at home in all industries.
Hanover/Stuttgart. After the pandemic-related break in 2020, the international trade fair for surface technology starts today in Stuttgart. From 21st to 23rd June, around 220 exhibitors from 18 countries will present solutions, products and services and show what the current trends in the surface industry are. As a cross-sectional technology, surface technology is at home in all industries. The spectrum of industrial sectors from which visitors come to SurfaceTechnology GERMANY is correspondingly broad.
“We are infinitely grateful for the trust of our exhibitors in us to hold a successful event, as we have all been behind us for over two challenging years and are currently facing the effects of the Ukraine conflict. We are sure that with SurfaceTechnology GERMANY 2022, we will once again focus on initiating new business, making contacts, opening up markets, but also opening up new ideas and perspectives – and all this face to face again, says Hendrik Engelking, Global Director Surface Technology at Deutsche Messe AG.
“The surface technology mechanical engineering is currently experiencing a good order situation,” reports Dr. Martin Riester, Surface Technology Officer at the VDMA. “This contrasts with a significantly limited availability of essential components, such as electronics for system control or seals.”
Walter Zeschky, Chairman of the Central Association of Surface Technology (ZVO):
“After two consecutive loss years, electroplating and surface technology has recovered – despite rising procurement and energy costs, procurement problems, regulatory requirements such as REACH and staff shortages. However, looking ahead is worrying in view of the still adverse circumstances.”
With the approximately 6,400 square meters of occupied area, we are below the area from 2018. However, due to the pandemic situation of the last two years and its effects, we expected this. The share of international exhibitors this year is 29 percent, which is an increase of 4% compared to the event in 2018. The largest group among them is by far the Italians, followed by exhibitors from Switzerland as well as from China and Great Britain.
Know-how and innovations in the forum and at the joint stands
The central point of contact for knowledge transfer and exchange of experience is the specialist forum of SurfaceTechnology GERMANY with many exciting topics as well as numerous top-class speakers. On all three days of the fair, it deals with current topics and trends in surface technology every 20 minutes. Fraunhofer IPA kicks off the forum program on the first day of the fair at noon with the award of the Stuttgart Surface Technology Award “The Surface 2022” and then it continues with lectures on the topics of cleaning and pretreatment as well as energy and material efficiency. On Wednesday, it will continue in the morning with the topics of application and use of treated surfaces, Industry 4.0, new processes and the ten-minute product presentations. On Thursday, future topics will be examined as well as the topics REACh, methods of physical surface treatment or plants/devices/processes for surface treatment.
An important part of SurfaceTechnology GERMANY is the joint stand of the Zentralverband Oberflächentechnik e.V. (ZVO). The approximately 60 exhibitors give an insight into the diversity and performance of the electroplating and surface technology process chain and present it as cross-sectional technology. In doing so, they show their entire processes within the industrial value chain in an impressive form.
The shop window of the contract coating industry shows the variety and performance of surface technology. On the special area “Process Chain Surface Technology”, customers from all production areas of industry inform themselves from the industry experts. The focus is on the presentation of various surface properties and coatings, which represent the advantages in a wide variety of applications.
At this year’s information stand of the VDMA (Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering) as well as in the forum of the international trade fair for surface technology, VDMA experts inform about important key topics and current developments in the industry. The focus here is on OPC UA and the topic of LABS compliance.
This year’s SurfaceTechnology GERMANY focuses on climate and environmentally friendly processes, resource efficiency and sustainability. Exhibition topics include electroplating, blasting technology, nano- and microtechnology, thermal spraying, industrial plasma and laser surface technology, coating materials, surface treatment, environmental protection and supply technology, services, pretreatment, cleaning as well as measurement, testing and analysis technology.
LASYS, CastForge and Automotive’s shows run in parallel
Exhibitors and visitors to SurfaceTechnology GERMANY benefit from the events taking place at the same time: LASYS, International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing in Hall 4, CastForge, Trade Fair for Casting and Forged Parts with Machining in Halls 3 and 5, the Automotive Testing Expo in Halls 8 and 10 and the Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo in Hall 6. If you have a ticket for one of these fairs, you can visit all trade fairs.