Globalisation & Industry 4.0 impact on steel industry talk to kick off Blechexpo 2019

A meeting of steel industry experts will take place on the first day of this year’s Blechexpo, now in its 14th edition.

The Stahlnews Expert Meet will run on the evening of the first day of the trade fair (5 November 2019) to discuss “The Steel Industry in Times of Globalisation and Industry 4.0” with renowned speakers holding short presentations on the latest developments concerning all aspects of steel and production. More seminars will take place on the following day at the Blechexpo Forum.

Taking place once every two years, Blechexpo, in combination with the 7th Schweisstec, will welcome exhibitors and expert visitors to Stuttgart covering all aspects of sheet metal, pipe and profile processing, over 5-8 November, 2019. The complementary industry events promise to deal with all facets of thermal and mechanical processing, as well as welding, joining and fastening technology.

Five months ahead of show start, organisers report more exhibitors, more floor space and more global interest in the show compared with two years ago. The increase amounts to more than 150 primary exhibitors and a 20% rise in exhibition floor space, compared with the then-record breaking 2017 edition of the show. A total of roughly 1,500 exhibitors will set the tone at Blechexpo-Schweisstec in nine exhibition halls in Stuttgart. Bookings and reservations from overseas nations have doubled compared with 2017 – a full year before the trade fair opens, the figures from 2017 for technology companies from Italy, China, Turkey and Spain had already been exceeded.

The organisers said: “As a structural material – along with pipe and profile materials – sheet metal has evolved into a common alternative to conventional cast iron, steel and plastic constructions. FEM optimised lightweight design and modular component systems characterise the image of modern, material, weight and cost-saving vehicle, machinery and equipment manufacturing – all the more reason to focus on precision cutting, stamping and forming of steel, aluminium and non-ferrous sheet metal at Blechexpo and Schweisstec.

“Expert visitors are presented with solutions and systems covering all aspects of pre-processing and final processing, module assembly and surface finishing for sensitive, visible components. The issues of lightweight design, design engineering solutions, handling, quality assurance, automation and digitalisation in sheet metal processing and joining technology are also dealt with extensively.”