On 19-20 October 2022, representatives of nearly every industry met at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre EXPO Krakow. All thanks to the 5th International Trade Fair for Fastener and Fixing Technology FASTENER POLAND® and the 13th International Trade Fair for Powder & Bulk Solids Technologies and the 13th International Trade Fair for Suppliers of Maintenance Products and Services.
“This year's FASTENER POLAND® Trade Fair was attended by 2306 people, 24% of whom came from abroad, mostly from the Czech Republic, Germany and Romania. These were very specific visitors who, according to exhibitors, came for a specific purpose. As a result, lucrative contracts were already being signed at the fair. In this respect, FASTENER POLAND® always rises to the occasion and is appreciated by the industry community" emphasises Beata Snopkiewicz, Project Manager.
The Only Such Event in Poland
Since its first edition, the FASTENER POLAND® Fair has been described as a "rarity" on a European scale. Manufacturers and distributors of fasteners from the farthest corners of the world come to Krakow for two days. This year, as many as 65% of exhibitors came from abroad, including China, Czech Republic, Estonia, India, Malta, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, Hungary and Italy. In addition to Fastener World, Taiwanese exhibitors also included Canatex Industrial, Hoplite Industry, and Chite Enterprises. They did not hide their satisfaction with their decision to participate in the event, as the Polish market is very attractive to them.
The last two years, which have been difficult for many industries due to pandemics and broken supply chains, have, paradoxically, improved the situation for Polish companies in the fastener industry. European manufacturers, faced with a lack of product availability from Asia, sought suppliers located closer to their plants. This benefited Polish companies, which were able to offer high-quality goods at affordable prices.
Contacts and Knowledge
FASTENER POLAND® was a combination of a trade show exhibition and an extensive training programme. The scope of the exhibition included, among others: state-of-the-art industrial fasteners and fixings (from bolts, to nuts, studs and wedges); construction fasteners (anchors, concrete bolts, facade and insulation fixing); advanced assembly and installation systems, as well as fastener manufacturing technologies and fastener storage and distribution equipment.
From the numerous conversations held with exhibitors at the fair, just one conclusion can be drawn: the fastener industry is doing well – very well, even. The conference "The challenging world of manufacturing: from supply chains to distribution" turned out to be a hit. Knowledge and experience were shared by well-known experts who spoke, among other things, about Poland's prospects for 2022-2026 under the current market perturbations, flexibility in the context of the bidding process, anti-dumping and the associated threat to importers, and whether the crisis is an opportunity or a threat.
This year's fair also included FASTENER POLAND B2B Meetings – – cooperation meetings organised in a hybrid formula by the Krakow Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Enterprise Europe Network centre. On October 19-20, participants met in person in a comfortable exhibition space, and after the fair, until October 28, on a dedicated electronic platform.
Loud About What is Important
The role of the trade fair is to respond to the needs of the industry, to learn about its problems and expectations. Without this, the event would not be complete. Rising prices and widespread uncertainty, the cost of raw materials, commodity availability, supply chain problems from Asia and the slowing economy – – all these were topics that dominated the 5th edition of FASTENER POLAND®.
Despite the numerous changes, the Polish fastener industry has certainly not said its last word and has ambitions to not only maintain its position as a growth leader, but also to be among the top three importers of fasteners in Europe. Over the past 18 years, the market has grown sevenfold. What will the next few years bring? Next year's FASTENER POLAND® Fair will certainly show us.
We encourage you to follow the website www.fastenerpoland.pl or contact the organizer’s exclusive sales agent in Taiwan, Fastener World, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information about this Fair.