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B2B Matchmaking at FMB 2021

The direct exchange between mechanical engineering companies and their suppliers is now sorely lacking on both sides. At FMB 2021 it should finally be possible again.

This year’s concept again includes “B2B Matchmaking”, which will be possible even before the fair: exhibitors and visitors can arrange to meet up in the run-up to the fair and thus reduce their contacts at the fair.

Strong partners could be won for this efficient way of initiating contacts. The NRW.Bank, which is very active and well connected in the SME business, will be there, as will ZENIT GmbH – the Centre for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The business development agency “Kreiswirtschaftsförderung Lippe” is also involved in the organisation of the B2B matchmaking service as a locally established link to the region of East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL).

You can find more information here: B2B Matchmaking

NEXT FMB: 10.–12.11.2021

Until October we were optimistic that we would be able to organize a successful, informative and safe trade fair. More than 300 exhibitors were looking forward to a new start in the trade fair activities, and visitor registrations developed positively. With the sharp increase in the number of infections three weeks ago, the picture changed dramatically. We acted in good time and offered our exhibitors to transfer their booking to FMB 2021. The good news: Almost everyone has accepted this offer, so there is already a very strong exhibitor base for FMB 2021. This approach was confirmed by the lockdown that has now been imposed on the trade fair industry.

The next FMB will take place from November 10-12, 2021 in the familiar form, supplemented by new hybrid formats.

New focus: surface technology

Look forward to a new focus of the trade fair: This year the FMB will show the trends in surface technology for the first time. Both plant manufacturers and high-performance service providers, e.g. addressed for the fields of blasting, electroplating, powder coating and painting and parts cleaning. Around 20 FMB exhibitors are active in this area. You will soon find this interesting and innovative area of ​​the supplier industry in the online catalog of FMB.

New at FMB: the Smart Badge

Thanks to the latest smart badge technology, you will receive an intelligent visitor id card at the entrance to the trade fair. This enables visitors and exhibitors to exchange contact details and information digitally via TOUCH & COLLECT. Your ID card is your virtual carrying bag during the trade fair visit. Stop heavy catalogues! Collect information from exhibitors easily and digitally. How does it work? Find out all about the new visitor card here.

Igus expands stand at FMB 2020

For igus as a regular exhibitor, the FMB 2020 is not merely a “fixture on their calendar” but is assigned a more significant role in view of the general situation. Michael Blaß, head of the division e-chain systems: We are always glad to showcase our products at the FMB and have further increased our exhibition space this year. This show gives us the opportunity to conduct discussions with customers in the north-west of Germany, particularly at a time when many large national trade shows have been cancelled.” This year alone, igus will be showcasing over 100 motion plastics innovations in Bad Salzuflen. They contribute to improving the technology employed by the users and to reducing costs.

An issue more important than ever: Supply chains

In addition to engineering trends – with digitalisation leading the way – the trade show organiser is of the opinion that one topic at the forthcoming FMB will be discussed much more intensively than in previous years. Christian Enßle: “Many companies have now established that their supply chains are unstable in this time of crisis. In the coming months, they will draw their own conclu-sions from this situation, reassess their procurement strategies in this light and, for instance, build up second source suppliers or rely more on regional ones.” The 16th FMB – the supplier show for mechanical engineering will provide the ideal forum for this. After all, it was originally set up to bring together the suppliers in East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL) and the enterprises based there with a view to developing regional networks.

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