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23.02.2018

The hub of the building trade

This week 45,000 roofers, carpenters, and plumbers were all headed to the same place in Cologne: Messeplatz 1


The three main reasons for visiting the trade fair were to learn about new products, personal development, and networking with industry peers. Four out of five visitors believed their objectives had been met. According to the visitors who were surveyed, the decisive factors that led to this high satisfaction rate were the attendance of market leaders, the scope of what was on offer, and the quality of the talks at the DACH+HOLZ forum. “For four days, Cologne was the hub of the roofing, carpentry, and plumbing trade. Issues that move the industry, such as accident prevention or digitalisation, were elucidated to visitors, thanks to the multitude of products and specialist presentations on offer”, said Dieter Dohr, CEO and President of the GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, as he summarised the positive results of the trade fair. “This year’s DACH+HOLZ International was already the favourite among exhibitors, even before the event took place. An unprecedented 576 companies from 35 countries attended the event. Faced with such international product depth, every visitor gained comprehensive insights to help make their business more sustainable.”  

Aside from new products for exterior wall cladding, roof covering and sealing, and wooden materials and timber construction, this year’s key visitor attractions were the daily tradesmen tours, the special “Future Roofs” talk on Wednesday afternoon, and the special presentation “Securing, not Falling”. The latter included an interactive obstacle course on accident prevention. To this end, BG Bau constructed a two-storey roof structure with a roof truss. Roofers, carpenters, and plumbers were given the opportunity to try out new safety systems themselves by going for a climb. In addition, safety technologies, such as the world’s first trailer crane with personal security features or lifeline systems, were introduced. Ninety-one per cent (91%) of visitors rated this comprehensive and vitally important demonstration very highly. Both the trade fair’s sponsor associations, the Zentralverband des Deutschen Dachdeckerhandwerks (ZVDH) (Central German Roofer Trade Association) and Holzbau Deutschland – Bund Deutscher Zimmermeister im ZDB (Confederation of German Master Carpenters in the Central Association of the German Construction Industry ZDB), were very pleased with the resoundingly positive visitor feedback. Accident prevention is, after all, one of the main concerns for both these organisations. 

Their final assessment, taking their members’ interests into consideration, was positive. “The variety at this world leading trade fair is truly unique. Aside from its international character, I value the fact that it brings trades together. Because we will only be able to meet the future expectations of our customers in a professional manner if roofers, carpenters, and plumbers work together, exchange ideas, and develop an understanding of the issues each of them faces”, said Dirk Bollwerk, President of the ZVDH. “We are also focussing on attracting new talent. To this end, we had youth ambassadors in place at the trade fair for the first time, who introduced the multifaceted aspects of our trade to high school students using social media channels.” Speaking for the German and European carpenters, the Chairman of Holzbau Deutschland – Bund Deutscher Zimmermeister im ZDB (Confederation of German Master Carpenters in the Central Association of the German Construction Industry ZDB), Peter Aicher, summarised it as follows: “DACH+HOLZ International is living up to its reputation as the most important trade fair for the timber construction industry. The many interested visitors clearly indicate that the timber construction trade is undergoing a strong boom. Many visitors showed great interest in the digitalisation and automation products offered by our businesses and service partners. This high level of interest is indicative of the ongoing optimisation process within the industry.” 

The next DACH+HOLZ International will take place from 28–31 January 2020 in Stuttgart.


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