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Valve World Expo 2016: An interview with Friedrich-Georg Kehrer

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Since 2010 the Biennial Valve World Conference and Exhibition has been held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. Friedrich-Georg Kehrer answers key questions about the event.

What does the fourth Düsseldorf Exhibition for Industrial Valves 2016 have in store?

The fittings and valves industry is a sector with strong growth potential. This is confirmed by Valve World Expo’s continually growing exhibitor and visitor numbers, as well as the rising square metre figures for the forthcoming.

Since its Düsseldorf debut in 2010 the Valve World Expo has seen constant growth. In 2016 we expect 717 exhibitors from 40 countries to occupy about 20 000 m2 of space in three halls.

In 2014, 70% of our trade fair guests were international, with most coming from the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, France, Belgium and Spain. However, there were also trade visitors travelling to Düsseldorf from such far-away places as India and China.

For the Valve World Expo 2016 we expect exhibitors primarily from Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France, Turkey, the Netherlands and overseas, from the USA, India, Taiwan and China. Exhibitors will come from 40 countries in total.

The accompanying Conference 2016 will again take place in Hall 4, why?

In 2016, the Conference will again be held and organised by KCI. The discussion regarding current manufacturing methods, innovative technologies and face-to-face exchange are the mainstays of the Conference. This is why the Conference has been placed amidst the ‘heat of the action’ in Hall 4. With this location, we create an information and communication platform in the middle of the exhibition activities.

What makes the topic of Industrial Valves so special?

No industrial automation process works without a fitting, valve or a non-return valve. This is why valves are indispensable in their capacity as control elements of machines. As varied as the applications of valves is, so too is the product portfolio of the Valve World Expo 2016.

Valve World Expo 2016 targets trade visitors from the valve trade, valve manufacturers, engineers, developers, producers of control and inspection software, as well as valve users from several industries.

Are there international satellites of the Valve World Expo?

As a member of the international flow technology family of trade fairs, the Valve World Expo boasts two international satellites on two other continents: the Valve World Expo Asia and Valve World Expo Americas. These follow the focal ranges exhibited at the Düsseldorf exhibition and are also biennial events.

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