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Help Japan

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 @ 14:57 PM

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Last week, on Friday March 11, 2011, a disaster of epic proportions visited the island nation of Japan.  While most of the western hemisphere was asleep in the middle of the night, it was mid-afternoon there when a massive 9.0 earthquake struck, followed almost immediately by an angry sea that sent a 6 meter tall tsunami crashing ashore, destroying everything and everyone in its path.  
Subsequently, power was knocked out to the seaside Fukushima nuclear power plant, resulting in radiation laced explosions, and a still unfolding probable meltdown of the reactors’ cores – the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine a generation ago.

Messe Duesseldorf is a global company, and urgently we sought and have maintained contact with our colleagues at Messe Duesseldorf Japan.  Thankfully, their Tokyo office made it thru the quake with just some minor damage, and more importantly we’ve received welcome reports that our colleagues there, and their families, reported no injuries.  Their concern has turned toward reaching out to Messe Duessseldorf’s Japanese clients, working to determine how they have fared.

Engage in Some Global Giving

On behalf of our trade show visitors and exhibitors, Messe Duesseldorf North America has made a significant charitable donation to the American Red Cross for its Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

We invite all who read this to consider also helping Japan in its time of crisis.  Several of the following organizations are accepting donations:

  • The Red Cross.  Visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate US$ 10 from your phone.
  • The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.  GlobalGiving.org has been launched to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake.
  • Facebook for the Cause.  The Red Cross has set up a Causes page to accept donations for their Japan humanitarian aid efforts. By logging in via Facebook, you can give money or give a minute of your time.  For each quick ad you watch, companies will donate money to the Red Cross's relief fund.
  • Donate via iTunes.  Apple's online music and movie store has made it simple to give money to the relief effort. Simply click how much you want to donate, and iTunes will use the account you already have on file for your purchases. The money goes to the Red Cross. 
  • UNICEF.  Visit www.unicefusa.org or text JAPAN to 864233 to donate US$ 10 to help the children of Japan.

Of course many more reputable charities exist and we invite you to help.

Our thoughts and reflections are with the Japanese people, and we want them to know that we stand beside them in their time or need.  We wish them well and hope our assistance will help make a difference in their successful recovery.

Topics: Announcements, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, trade show organizer, Japan, Earthquake, Tsunami, Fukushima, Messe Dusseldorf Japan, American Red Cross, UNICEF, International Medical Corps, Salvation Army

Grape Expectations

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 @ 15:30 PM

The international wine and spirits industries will bottleneck again in Düsseldorf, Germany for one of the industry’s most important annual trade events, ProWein 2011.  From March 27-29, all relevant wine producing nations will be represented in the trade show, offering a unique and comprehensive overview.

Trends in the industry will be highlighted, focusing on areas such as crop sustainability and eco-friendly wine grape cultivation.  Bordaeuxing on the obvious, the concept of “sustainability” has gained traction in the recent years, whether it be the German Praedikat Wine Estates’ (VDP) commitment to ecologically sound wine production, or the US state of California’s “Certified California Sustainable Wine Growing” certification program.

But not only will wine be the sole focus.  ProWein will feature the “Spirits” hall 7a, in which 300 exhibitors will present interesting and unusual distilled specialties.  In fact, for the first time Japan will be represented in this area with a group exhibit for the first time.  Kanpai! 

 Additionally, an extensive ancillary program will complement the wines and spirits on display.  At the FIZZZ-Lounge, the publishing house Meininger will again showcase the latest trends for the bar scene.  With the motto “Culinary Cocktails”, high-quality drinks and matching appetizers will be served.  Also, a special delicatessen section called “Wine’s Best Friends” will spotlight edible pairings to match with various wine varieties.  And of course, ProWein will again feature the popular central Tasting Zone, featuring over 1,000 wines!

And now that we’ve wet your whistleThis event is NOT open to the general public!  (Sorry to disappoint all our gentle readers that are amateur wine connoisseurs or distilled beverage aficionados!)

The last staging of the show in March 2010 featured over 3,300 exhibitors and attracted some 36,000 trade visitors:  import/export establishments, retail, restaurant and catering industries.

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For all involved professionally in the field, registration is available online at the show’s website www.prowein.com.  We hope to Syrah all soon at ProWein 2011!


Topics: Announcements, Germany, international, Messe Duesseldorf, international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade, International Trade Shows, beverage, spirit, wine, wine and spirits, wine show, winery, alcohol, spirits, Dusseldorf liquor, Grape

FPSA and Messe Duesseldorf Form Strategic Alliance

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 @ 15:22 PM

McLean, Virginia based FPSA (The Food Processing Suppliers Association) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association's programs and services support its members by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues.  Among the association's programs and services to achieve these objectives is PROCESS EXPO, The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show.

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and The FPSA recently announced the formation of a formal strategic alliance to increase the international reach of PROCESS EXPO as part of interpack’s worldwide product family.

Messe Duesseldorf will aid in the sale of booth space at PROCESS EXPO as well as well as promoting visitor attendance to food processors around the globe.

FPSA and MD shake hands

Pictured from left to right:  Bernd Jablonowski (Project Director, interpack 2011), Hans Werner Reinhard (Executive Vice President, Messe Duesseldorf GmbH), Jan Erik Kuhlmann (President & CEO, Multivac), David Seckman (President & CEO, FPSA).

The renowned interpack trade fair, organized by Messe Duesseldorf, was founded in 1958 and developed over the decades into the number one global platform for the packaging and processing industry.  The last staging of the show in 2008 featured 2,744 exhibitors from 60 nations and attracted 179,000 trade visitors.

“This partnership will significantly increase the presence of PROCESS EXPO in the international market, where Messe Duesseldorf is a leader within the processing and packaging trade show arena,” stated Scott Scriven, Chairman of FPSA. “With 7 international subsidiaries and 68 foreign representatives worldwide supporting Messe Duesseldorf in 127 countries, PROCESS EXPO will have unprecedented access to new markets,” he added.

 “Messe Duessseldorf is pleased to be joining with FPSA in the formation of this partnership. The exponential growth of PROCESS EXPO since the announcement of the move to a biennial show tells us that strategically, this is where we need to be in the North American market. We are now pleased to offer our existing customers a new platform,” added Hans Werner Reinhard, Executive Vice President of Messe Duesseldorf.

PROCESS EXPO will be held November 1-4, 2011 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.  www.myprocessexpo.com

interpack will return to the fairgrounds in Duesseldorf, Germany May 12-18, 2011.  www.interpack.com

Topics: Announcements, Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, Exports, International Trade, International Trade Shows, trade fair, trade show organizer, Chicago, packaging, interpack, show, FPSA, Food Processing Suppliers Association, food packaging

Valve World Expo

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 @ 16:04 PM

From abominable snowmen to Indiana Jones - Installation work offers curious and exciting experiences

Valves control lots of things, whether in industrial plants and machines or in a private household. They fulfil their duties as a matter of course and – for most of us – nearly invisibly. However, the stories that can be told about valves are not utterly boring, in some cases they are even real tales of adventure. Installing valves can often be extremely demanding for the technicians – and the valves themselves become “silent” stars.

Two abominable snowmen

Schroeder Valves can tell such as story. The design engineer and manufacturer of pump protection valves, automatic recirculation valves, control valves and throttles has sales offices around the globe. “The products are nearly entirely special designs, which sometimes can be as large as a room or weigh as much as an elephant,” explains Axel Muecher, CEO of Schroeder Valves. Not only are the valves special, but so are the different environments where they are installed. Schroeder Valves, for example, equips snow cannons in many skiing regions with its fittings. It can often happen that an employee has to work at over 3,000 meters altitude. However such work is only worth a weary smile…

“There is one job we’ll certainly never forget,” Axel Muecher remembers. He travelled to the Austrian town of Tauplitz with a colleague to repair a defect bypass in a valve. Heavy snowfall created pretty scenery down in the valley, yet also caused both mechanics to become anxious. They set off in a car fitted with snow chains, yet after driving half of the way the car couldn’t go any further. The customer arranged for a snow cat to bring them up to an altitude of 2,800 meters. Both thought that would be a great idea - until they noticed the snow cat’s cab was already occupied by two other men. “We had no other choice than to sit on the hood,” says Axel Mücher. Sitting outside at minus 10°C, the snow cat drove them one and a half kilometers through a near snow storm to their assignment. On arrival, Muecher and his colleague resembled abnominable snowmen. “And that’s exactly how we felt ourselves.” All is well that ends well – the bypass was repaired!

Installing in the wild

Nonetheless, things can be a lot more spectacular, as Frank Loeffler can tell. The mechanic working for VAG-Armaturen GmbH had to travel 18,000 kilometers to the wild outback of Tasmania. Far away from civilization, Loeffler had to struggle along a mountain, across rocky terrain and through bothersome vegetation to install a shut-off valve for a historical wooden water conduit at a dam. The conduit is a real historical beauty. Back in 1914, the Lyell Mining and Railway Company built a dam for a power station, right at the foot of Lake Margret, near Queenstown and its 2,000 inhabitants. A three kilometer long water conduit was built to supply a mine with electricity and water. Nearly nine decades later the entire construction was shut down temporarily so the wooden conduit could be renovated, because its wood had become porous.

Frank Loeffler wasn’t the only one who had to cope with the rocky path leading to the dam. VAG also had to come up with a way to transport the valve, since there was no road a truck could use to deliver it. A helicopter was the only solution. VAG disassembled the valve into its individual parts, because the 3.5 ton valve would have been too heavy for a helicopter. Body, valve disk and lift cylinder were to be transported to the dam in three flights. To make things worse, neither electricity nor a crane would be available, so exactly what tools, hoisting and alignment gear would be needed for this job had to be determined in advance. Due to bad weather, the flights were delayed several times. Finally, the shut-off valve was delivered. Loeffler now had to work quickly: the body had to be put into position on top of the new plateau anchored in the rock, the extremely heavy valve had to be aligned and the axle bearings installed. Finally, Frank Loeffler was able to install the hydraulic lift cylinder. It was precision work under the most difficult of circumstances, yet the experienced VAG-employee managed it all without problems. “That was an assignment with an adventure as a bonus,” said the mechanic enthusiastically. “I felt just like Indiana Jones!”

A flurry of flashbulbs

Sometimes there is enough excitement for a valve to hit the news. This was the case for large-diameter ball valves made by Schuck Armaturen. After receiving an express order, the company had to deliver ball valves weighing several tons by plane for the first time to Malaysia. A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian oil and gas giant, had ordered ball valves with a diameter of up to 36” for the world’s largest liquid natural gas terminal. The valves had to be able to withstand 118 bars of pressure. Because the delivery period was rather short, a plane had to pick up the bodies in India where they were cast. Despite their weight of 19.5 tons, the valves were flown as air freight from Frankfurt to Malaysia after they had been assembled. Then it was time for the big show – for the first time ever, a Boeing 747 landed at the small airport of Bintulu in the state of Sarawak, a town with a population of 50,000. Reporters and television crews flocked to the event – no one had ever seen a Boeing before. And thus the ball valves became news in Malaysia, amidst a flurry of flashbulbs…

Vital and essential

On the other hand, valves can be a matter of life and death; for instance, for the inhabitants of Prague’s Old Town. Eight years ago, the Czech Republic witnessed the greatest natural disaster in its history. The waters of the flooded Moldau River pressed into Prague’s sewage, the old town was flooded - with fatal consequences. Seventeen people died, 40,000 had to be evacuated, a large portion of the inhabitants were without electricity, half of city’s subway stations were submerged and many animals drowned in the zoo.

In order to prevent such a disaster in the future, the Czech Republic decided to redesign Prague’s sewage system. VAG-Armaturen now ensures the metropolis‘ safety. The company from Germany shipped parallel slide gate valves and a backflow trap with a nominal diameter of DN 600. Both valves were installed right next to the Moldau. “In case of a flood, the flood water is kept from pressing back into the town’s sewage system,” explains Joachim Reichert of VAG. This not only keeps the citizens safe, but also keeps the subterranean pumping chamber from being damaged.

In addition to the automatic backflow flap, VAG also installed a slide gate valve. This security measure makes it possible to close the pipes if the backflow flap doesn‘t function properly. VAG developed this solution in collaboration with Prague’s water company. The result is essential for the city’s survival!

The world is not enough

In different cases however, the world is not enough for some fittings. Space can be a nice place, too. Stoehr rocketed 56 specially-made valves with nominal diameters ranging from DN 15 to DN 200 into space when they were built into South Korean carrier rocket Naro 1. The valves ensure the rocket is fuelled with liquid gases before lift-off and are an utterly vital part of the 30 meter tall and 141 ton heavy rocket with a diameter of 3.90 meters. The parts have to function absolutely precisely, as they ensure the highly complex fuelling process works without any problem whatsoever. Liquid gases, such as liquid oxygen with a temperature of -196°C, have to flow into their tanks in a matter of seconds. Due to security reasons, fuelling on the Naro Space Centre’s launch pad can only take place as part of the take-off process. Thanks to Stoehr, everything went smoothly. In the end, the space mission was not entirely a success, as the satellite was destroyed. An independent commission declared it was due to the nose cone – parts of it were not released as planned. The rocket didn’t make it into orbit.

Insurgents attack

Valves aren’t the only ones living dangerous lives, mechanics can also be exposed to serious dangers. Two employees working for Schroeder Valves found themselves ambushed in India while travelling by train from Calcutta to a steel plant in Raigarh, where they were supposed to give technical support. The journey was originally expected to last 16 hours. After around half the journey the train passed through the Bhalulata station in the state of Orissa. “We were suddenly woken up by a detonation and deafening noise,” one of the two Schroeder employees remembers. Chaos suddenly broke out. “People ran confused, panicking and shouting. We saw smoke rise.” 50 Maoist rebels had blown up the tracks - as well as parts of the train station – and taken railroad staff as hostages.

“Luckily, things went well for us,” says one of the men from Schroeder. Nonetheless, it was far from being a pleasant experience. Due to the attack, the train and both Germans were stuck in the middle of the jungle for an entire day. In the end, the train travelled backwards to the closest station, where they then had to return to Calcutta. The customer had to be helped by email and spare parts delivery.

So don’t say installation work can be a boring affair…

The latest products and technologies for the valve industry will be on display at the Valve World Expo 2010, to be held from November 30 – December 2 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

For further information about Valve World Expo 2010, contact us at Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit our web site http://www.mdna.com; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago!

Topics: Announcements, Germany, trade show, international, international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade, International Trade Shows, trade fair, City of Düsseldorf, equipment, valve, Valve World Expo

4½ Football Fields

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 @ 15:26 PM

2010 is stacking up to be a good year for U.S. companies seeking export markets and participating at Messe Duesseldorf’s trade shows not just in Duesseldorf, but at the company’s satellite trade fairs in other markets, from Brazil and Australia to China, India, Russia and Singapore!

A total of 987 U.S. companies have participated in, or will participate, in our worldwide roster of trade shows in 2010, occupying over 250,000 square feet of net exhibit space – enough to completely fill nearly four and half US-football fields end to end and side to side!

Leading the pack this year, as always, is the renowned MEDICA and COMPAMED trade fairs this November in Duesseldorf.  The show will feature over 420 US-based exhibitors (a 5% increase over 2009), not mentioning the numerous others who participate in the show via European or offices based elsewhere in the world.  Add in 48 companies from Canada and 10 from Mexico at MEDICA and COMPAMED, and the show is the largest contingent of North-American based exhibitors at a medical industry event outside of the western hemisphere!

Other events in Duesseldorf, # 1 worldwide for their respective industries that have occurred this year, included wire/Tube (120 US exhibitors), glasstec (58) and the upcoming K trade fair later this month (112), just to name a few.

Saddled with a sluggish economic recovery at home, exports have proven to be an important way to grow business and stay competitive with growing international competition.  Kudos to these US companies that are actively embracing export market opportunities!

We’ve been showing the way for nearly 30 years!

Since 1982, Messe Düsseldorf North America has been a resource for US companies seeking new international market opportunities.  We have served as an international like to innumerable U.S. companies over the years, assisting with everything necessary to exhibit at or visit one of the trade shows organized by the Messe Düsseldorf group of companies around the world.

For nearly 30 years, MDNA has brought market partners together to ensure that exhibitors and visitors find customers or providers of service and merchandise they are looking for.

Topics: Announcements, Germany, MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical supplies, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, international business, glass, glass show, exhibiting, K 2010, glasstec, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, international medical trade fair, Exports, International Trade, International Trade Shows

Background Music

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 @ 14:13 PM

A word of advice to anyone considering playing background music in their stand:  DON'T FORGET YOUR GEMA LICENCE!

GEMA is the Society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights (translated from German: Gesellschaft für Musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte) and plays counterpart to ASCAP here in the United States. GEMA licenses the right to perform and playback songs and musical works created and owned by the songwriters, composers, lyricists who are members of GEMA and affiliated foreign entities.

 

Officials from GEMA are present at German trade shows in order to enforce these rules. Companies should be aware that getting caught playing back protected media without a license leaves them subject to some very hefty fines!

So if you want to add some background music at your stand, licensing is usually very simple. Just keep the following in mind to avoid an unpleasant encounter with GEMA officials:

  1. Fill out form 4C34 in your trade show exhibitor manual. . This is how you apply for your GEMA license. GEMA invoices the exhibitor for royalties. The amount payable depends on type of reproduction and also the size of the stand.
  2. Be sure to have the GEMA license with you at your stand in case if agents stop by to check.

Topics: Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, exhibiting, Düsseldorf, trade fair, ASCAP, background music, GEMA, Music, show

Top reasons to use TTI Travel for housing during shows in Düsseldorf

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 @ 14:11 PM

TTI Travel has been the official travel agency for #MDNA for over 10 years and continues to provide top-notch support in helping exhibitors and visitors to our trade shows alike to find a hotel during their stay in the city on the Rhine. Below are four good reasons to choose TTI when visiting Düsseldorf:

 

1. Reserved Blocks - TTI Travel has direct hotel contracts in the major International Trade Show cities. They reserve blocks of rooms at a variety of hotels near the fairgrounds and holds them specifically for American visitors to Düsseldorf. TTI can offer these rooms to you at highly competitive pricing - visitors can benefit from prices which are a lot less than what is available online!

2. Experience - Specialists at TTI Travel have travelled to Düsseldorf for years and know each of the contracted hotels inside and out. They conduct routine site inspections of all recommended hotels and are completely familiar with each property. They can often make timely and appropriate suggestions to better serve your travel needs and budget requirements. TTI also provides its customers with a map of Dusseldorf highlighting the hotel location and what is available in the surrounding area (local transit, how to reach the fairgrounds, shopping, restaurants, etc.)

3. Local Support - TTI Travel is based in New York City. A live person can be reached via their toll-free telephone number during normal business hours to answer your questions and assist you with your housing needs. Furthermore, TTI has a 24 hour hotline in case of emergencies and has a representative in Düsseldorf during major trade shows.

4. Wide range of Service - TTI doesn't only just provide housing. They can also assist in booking travel packages (both air and land), as well as meeting planning, private car transfers, and pre and post show travel plans!

To contact TTI Travel for your travel needs in Düsseldorf:

#TTI Travel
299 Broadway, Suite 1504
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (866) 674-3476
Fax: (212) 674-3477
E-mail: travltrade@aol.com
http://www.traveltradeint.com/

Topics: Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, trade fair, Travel, housing

Messe Düsseldorf to Promote Printing Trade Fairs at PRINT 09

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 @ 14:08 PM

Messe Düsseldorf will participate in #PRINT 09 in order to promote its worldwide program of international printing trade fairs. At PRINT 09 booth 6515, #drupa 2012, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2009 and ALL IN PRINT CHINA 2011 information will be available.  For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/n92k6d

Topics: Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, exhibiting, Düsseldorf, drupa, printing, drupa 2012, PRINT, PRINT 09

glasstec and solarpeq 2010 Exhibitor Kits Available Online

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 @ 14:05 PM

Exhibitor applications for glasstec 2010, International Trade Fair for Glass Production - Processing - Products and solarpeq 2010, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment, are now available online at http://www.glasstec-online.com/ and http://www.solarpeq.com/ or can be ordered from Messe Düsseldorf North America. Both events will be held concurrently from September 28 - October 1, 2010 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. For more information, click here.

Topics: Germany, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, glass, exhibiting, glasstec, Düsseldorf, solar, solarpeq

Russian Trade Fair Duo Creates Positive Impetus for Metallurgy Industry

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 @ 14:02 PM

Despite the slump in global economic markets, exhibitors and visitors at Metallurgy-Litmash, Tube Russia, Aluminium Non-Ferrous 2009 and wire Russia 2009 rated the trade fairs as a source of positive impetus for the metallurgy industry. Held on 86,100 square feet of net exhibit space at the Expocentre in Moscow, the two trade fairs attracted 9,200 visitors from Russia and surrounding regions. Metallurgy Litmash, Tube Russia and Aluminium/Non-Ferrous 2009 featured 254 exhibitors from 29 countries, while wire Russia 2009 presented the products of 214 companies from 29 nations. For more information, click here.

Topics: Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, trade fair, Moscow, Russia, wire, cable, tube, metallurgy