A glance at the list of upcoming fairs in the second half of 2016 in Hamburg shows the city is becoming a “gate to the world”. The most interesting fairs include the Coteca Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Global Industry Expo from September 7-9 2016. Then, around 200 exhibitors will present their products for planting, transporting, processing and refining coffee, tea and cocoa. Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan are among this year’s new exhibitors.
The D3 Digital, Design and Development Fair from September 22-24, 2016 reflects international ties especially with China. The fair aims to enhance its image with a “New Product Area” and targeted business matchings as an important platform for the Chinese digital and electrics industry.
Fairs in the maritime industry
The leading international maritime trade fair, SMM, will take place from September 6-9, 2016 at Hamburg’s fairgrounds. More than 2,100 exhibitors will showcase their exhibits and technical innovations and roughly 50,000 trade visitors from ten nations are expected. Digitalisation is a key topic and will feature on each fair day. The exhibits range from large-scale industrial engineering for ships and shipyards, ship fittings and equipment, ship operation equipment to marine technology and maritime services.
The 57th edition of the hanseboot will get underway from October 29-November 11, 2016. Last year, around 550 exhibitors from 20 countries attended the fair and around 72,000 visitors flocked to the fairgrounds and to the waterborne exhibition in the City Sporthafen with 400 boats and accessories for professionals and leisure boaters.
Smart City themes and beautiful gems
A multitude of sharing offers, the smartPort project and transparent information portals for residents are rendering Hamburg a progressive, smart city. The Intergeo 2016 from October 11-13 will focus on smart city as a key theme that is shaping the future of mobility and other areas. Last year’s fair was attended by over 16,500 visitors with 549 companies from 30 countries and revolved around themes in geodesy, geoinformation and land management.
At the Mineralien Hamburg from December 9-11, 2016 everything will centre on beautiful stones. In 2015, exhibitors from 36 nations presented exhibits ranging from a young dinosaur and a valuable pan flute made from rock crystal at the fair attended by around 20,000 visitors.
Focus on climate friendliness
The second edition of the leading global expo, WindEnergy Hamburg, will be held from September 27-30 after its successful debut in 2014. The Hamburg fairgrounds will again host decision-makers in the global energy business. WindEnergy Hamburg covers the whole value chain of both the onshore and offshore wind industry and will have an extra exhibition hall this year.
From November 17-19, 2016, the GET Nord will focus on climate friendliness with special emphasis on energy efficient buildings. In 2014, around 500 exhibitors with 40,000 visitors attended the exhibition highlighting products in the electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry.
Safety at work
The Arbeitsschutz Aktuell trade fair from October 11-13, 2016 will revolve around all aspects of occupational safety. Around 300 exhibitors are expected to present products such as work wear and protective clothing, ergonomic design processes as well as on general safety in companies.
Security will also be high on the agenda at the Tank Storage Germany 2016 from September 27-28. Then leading manufacturers and suppliers will present their products and services for liquid bulk storage to an expert audience. The fair returned to Germany in 2015 and Hamburg was chosen as the new venue.
Art lovers can attend several upcoming fairs this year beginning with Nordstil from July 23-25. Then north German retailers will showcase ideas for decorating, gifts, kitchen utensils and garden tools, care products, jewellery and clothing.
Later, the Affordable Art Fair from November 10-13 will offer contemporary art at prices ranging from EUR 100 to EUR 7,5000. The organizers are expecting 75 national and international art galleries to showcase their exhibits on a 5,000 square metre area at the fifth edition of the renowned art fair. It has previously been held in New York, Singapore, Stockholm and Hong Kong.
This year’s fairs will conclude with the Holy.Shit.Shopping fair from December 17-18 where 150 artists and designers will showcase their products. The fair is a highlight in the run-up to the festivities and offers last-minute shoppers new ideas for fashion, jewellery, small pieces of furniture, lifestyle objects art, photography, graphics, comics and literature.
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