Whether LNG terminals, gas storage facilities, wind turbines, pipelines or water pipelines – no industrial sector functions without the use of industrial valves and fittings. Therefore, after a four-year absence, the international players of these key technologies were looking forward to their VALVE WORLD EXPO 2022 at Düsseldorf Fairgrounds again.
388 exhibitors from 29 countries presented concentrated technological power over three days in exhibition halls 1 and 3. Innovative machines, plants, components, systems and pumps were shown on a net area of 12,000 square metres.
“After two years of online meetings, we are just happy to have direct contact with customers and interested parties again. A generally positive mood was noticeable and many discussion partners are very happy that the valve family was finally able to meet again in person”, said a pleased Peter Wegjan, Sales Manager Special Ball Valves (Petro-) Chemical, Plant Engineering at Hartmann Valves .
Many premieres such as Messe Düsseldorf’s sustainability campaign with its ecoMetals Trails, the EXPO Forum as a jam-packed, two-day conference format, the presentation of the Valve Stars Awards and a rousing exhibitor party complemented the lively events in the exhibition halls.
The parallel international Valve World Conference, which was again organised by KCI in 2022 with around 70 lectures, seminars and workshops, attracted around 400 delegates to the conference rooms in Hall 1. In 2022, VALVE WORLD EXPO again fulfilled its role as an impulse generator and international meeting platform for an entire industry. 50% of respondents stated they had found current trends and information here.
“From metre-high ball valves to tiny microvalves – everything the industry has to offer in terms of innovations for current challenges could be seen and experienced in our exhibition halls”, said a delighted Bernd Jablonowski, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf.
After a four-year break, well-attended exhibition halls demonstrated just how important personal exchange is to players in the industry. Experts from the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, power plant technology, marine and offshore, water and wastewater management, automotive, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and medical industries all gathered information in Düsseldorf, proving that both the trade fair offering and demand for it have struck a chord in the current climate.
“In our industry, people value the direct discussion about innovations, new products and processes that only an in-person trade fair can offer. In my opinion, presence trade fairs will continue to maintain their fixed place in the mix of B2B communication,” explained Thomas Weisschuh, Head of Product Management and Innovations AS-Schneider Group confirming the successful course of the trade fair and added: “For the European region, VALVE WORLD EXPO is an important leading trade fair for industrial valves. This is where our industry meets all the important decision-makers under one roof to find out about the technologies of the future.”
On three days of the fair, international trade visitors from over 80 countries came to Düsseldorf – at 79%, the proportion of decision-makers was very high. In addition to users of valves and fittings, fittings manufacturers and the fittings trade, energy supply companies also gathered information at the trade fair.
A high visitor presence from overseas, in particular from India, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and from some North African states, shaped the events in the exhibition halls alongside many European visitors. 94% of the respondents plan to come to Düsseldorf again in two years. VALVE WORLD EXPO and the accompanying conference will then take place from 3 to 5 December 2024.