wire Düsseldorf & Tube Düsseldorf, a true "dynamic duo" of trade fairs, is set once again for March 26-30, 2012. The shows now proudly boast that this next staging will be the largest in the history of the two fairs. With 1,200 exhibitors from wire & 800 exhibitors from Tube, the show will be spread through 15 of the halls of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds on over 1 million square feet of space. By comparison, however, wire & Tube came from rather humble beginnings.
Several regular exhibitors have commented that they remember exhibiting at these fairs before they were ever in Düsseldorf. Indeed the predecessors to "wire Düsseldorf" started in the late 1960s in London. Out of growing demand for a meeting point for the growing industry sector & a need for a central location, the previous organizers agreed to hold "wire" in Basel, Switzerland in 1972 on a two-year cycle, which lasted until 1984 when the fairgrounds became too small.
wire then moved to Düsseldorf in 1986, featuring 488 exhibitors on over 290,000 square feet. Tube was founded in Düsseldorf two years later in 1988 and together the two fairs grew robustly through the 1990s and have been staged together ever since. After a brief period of stagnation due to the economic climate in the early turn of the century, the shows began to show signs of growth again in 2008 and have continued this trend – even through the economic slowdown during these past few years!
Anyone in the wire & cable and tube & pipe industries know this is a must-see event. To register & purchase entrance badges to these trade fairs, simply go to www.wire.de/2130 or www.tube.de/2130 - your print-at-home tickets also include free travel on Düsseldorf’s extensive public transportation network.