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Discover Your World at CARAVAN SALON 2013

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:25 AM


Want To Have Some Fun
on Four Wheels?

All-wheel vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and now is your chance to see why! At this year’s
CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 - The No. 1 Show for Motor Homes and Caravans, the special “Off-Road” show will give visitors the opportunity to test drive ATV’s in the outdoor area on a specially built obstacle course.
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If you aren’t that daring, you can opt to be driven as a passenger across an adventure course.  But that wouldn’t be half the fun….

describe the image     And if that’s not enough, the “Dream Tour Cinema” show will whet your appetite for RV travel in exotic locations on four different continents: Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran and Pakistan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor and Vietnam), South America (Iguazu Falls, Andean passes, Atacama Desert), and the U.S. (“Route 66” from Chicago to Los Angeles). So much to see – so little time!
  

 

CARAVAN SALON will be held from August 31 – September 8, 2013 (trade visitor day on August 30) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Overall, some 570 exhibitors from 25 countries will present a wide range of mobile homes and RVs as well as accessories. From small and simple RVs for two people to compact vans and campers, from family RVs and alcove motor homes to luxury motor homes – the possibilities at CARAVAN SALON are virtually unlimited.

Entrance passes can be purchased online at www.caravan-salon.com for 13 Euros (1-day ticket) or 20 Euros (2-day ticket).

Make your next vacation a real adventure - come to CARAVAN SALON and be inspired.

Oh, and enjoy the ride!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, RV, caravans, CARAVAN SALON, caravanning, RVs, RV trade show

A Great Opportunity for Medical Technology Suppliers

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 @ 15:50 PM

Patients Expect More Personalized Medical Care
for their Money

The health care industry sees medical technology as an especially innovative, promising growth "field". In no other area does the general population welcome the increase in technology more than in modern medical technology. The majority considers developments in preventive medicine, diagnosis and treatment as positive and at the same time, due their ever increasing share of medical expenses, they expect a high degree of therapy benefit and personalized treatment.

The efforts to provide "tailor-made" therapy for patients when it comes to medical technology and medicine will be impressively demonstrated by more than 4,500 exhibitors at the world's largest medical trade fair - MEDICA 2012 (November 14 - 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany) - and the concurrently staged COMPAMED 2012 (November 14 - 16), International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, with over 600 exhibitors.   Medica11 2805J  

The globally unique combination of MEDICA and COMPAMED represents the entire process chain, displaying the complete range of medical products, devices and instruments and show how the close cooperation between suppliers (COMPAMED exhibitors) and "medtech" companies (MEDICA exhibitors) is advancing the development of new procedures, devices and products for personalized patient care.

Stay competitive and attend Compamed and Medica 2012 this November! You will be amazed by all the latest developments for personalized patient care – be it molecular genetic testing, biochip technology, printed electronics or BioMEMS.

Topics: Germany, MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical supplies, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, international medical trade fair, Compamed, Medical Device Manufacturing

Health Apps will target 500 million users by 2015 - MEDICA 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medial tools thanks to the continued development of health and wellness apps – a sector which is expected to have 500 million users by 2015. Always on the forefront when it comes to medical innovations is MEDICA, the leading international medical trade fair held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany (www.medica-tradefair.com). To promote the further progress of medical apps, MEDICA recently partnered with AppCircus, the world’s largest travelling showcase of apps, to launch the “AppCircus on Health with MEDICA” online competition to find the best health and wellness apps. So far, four apps have been chosen to compete at the event:

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Doctoralia allows users to quickly locate medical professionals and centers, check the opinions of other users, filter searches according to specialties or insurance companies and arrange appointments online.

PhysioForm brings together some of the most recent innovations for tablets and smart phones for patients, physiotherapists and personal trainers. The app helps the physiotherapist or trainer to get a better understanding of their clients’ needs with information in real time to help them to achieve their health and fitness goals.

VitaDock is a solution for tracking vital data for diabetes, hypertension/hypotension, fever and obesity, giving the patient the ability to manage and monitor them in one app.

Symptom Tracker is an application for people to monitor their health by keeping a record of any symptoms when they are feeling unwell and share the symptoms with their health care provider which helps them give the patient fast, better, accurate and timely care.

       
BlogPhoto1   So don’t keep it a secret – debut your new app by taking part in this online competition which will continue until the end of October http://appcircus.com/competition/AppCircus-on-Health-with-MEDICA. Both standalone and apps requiring external devices are accepted. Every month a jury of experts as well as a public vote on the website will choose the two apps that will participate in the upcoming AppCircus@MEDICA 2012 (November 16, 2012 in Düsseldorf) where they will all compete to be chosen as the best health app.  


The winner will receive a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards which will take place in February 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The deadline for September submissions is September 23, 2012 and end of October 2012 for the October registrations.

Good luck – we hope to see you at MEDICA 2012 from November 14 – 17, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany!

 

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Topics: MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical supplies, Messe Duesseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, App Circus, MEDICA Health IT Forum, Medical Device Manufacturing

Dynamic Duo: wire Dusseldorf & Tube Dusseldorf

Posted by Justin Kesselring on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

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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.

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, trade fair, wire, cable, City of Düsseldorf, pipe, tube, wireTradeFair, wire cable trade show, tube pipe trade show

The Top Ten of 2011

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 @ 11:42 AM

describe the image        Well, here we are – December already.  I don’t know about you, but the past year has disappeared faster than anticipated.  And I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet.  I think a heretofore snowless Chicago has made it feel like an extended autumn…at least that’s what that bowl of still uneaten Halloween candy sitting on top of the refrigerator makes me think.

Overall, it was a busy year for us at Messe Duesseldorf.  Several of our industry-leading events were held in Germany this year:  boot Düsseldorf, EuroShop, interpack, GIFA-METEC-THERMPROCESS-NEWCAST, MEDICA, COMPAMED … and drupa and wire / Tube are just around the corner in 2012.

These events of the past year have made me reflect about a combination of commonly asked questions and exhibitor pitfalls I’ve observed.  I’ve boiled them down to the Top 10 - hopefully without offense to David Letterman and Worldwide Pants!

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# 10     European electricity is supplied at 220/230 V.  In the U.S. we operate at 110/120 V.  So if you plug in your own stuff without a step-down transformer, don’t be surprised if it reacts like a sparkler on the Fourth of July.

# 9       Entrance passes / name badges for our shows in Germany are not linked to a lead retrieval system, at least not yet anyway.  They’re used primarily for entry to the fairgrounds, secondly as a means of identification, and thirdly…

# 8       Entrance passes / name badges are also tickets to ride the public transportation network.  Some shows’ tickets are only valid within the city of Duesseldorf (VRR), other shows are valid beyond the city’s borders (VRS).  But make sure in advance that you know which zones are covered for your specific show in order to avoid an awkward very public discussion with a German conductor in front of a train car full people.

# 7       Yes, there’s wireless internet access at the fairgrounds, and we have a highly-rated official supplier.  However I’ve learned anecdotally that there are other reputable German wireless companies who provide competitive service (and sometimes temporary trial offers) that can be booked online. I’m just sayin’, that’s all.

# 6       Europeans don’t do “Pop-Up” display stands like we do at shows in the U.S.  If you plan to ship your Pop-Up to the show, you should still plan to order a modular system stand package (walls, carpet, electricity, basic furnishings) and then assemble the pop-up within the booth.  Remember, system stands in Germany are customary – without one you’ll probably stand out for the wrong reasons.

# 5       Bring ALL of your documentation and order confirmations with you to the show!  Nothing says wild goose chase more than not knowing which service provider is building your booth, supplying your booth furnishings, or which freight forwarding company was used to send your freight to Duesseldorf.

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      Make sure your bills are paid in full before you head over to Germany and avoid the walk of shame to the cashier counter in the service center because your electricity hasn’t been turned on.  Messe Düsseldorf North America is here to assist you in deciphering your invoices and to make sure that nothing falls thru the cracks.  And don’t be alarmed, we’ll be happy to remind you in good time before the show starts of any open balances!

# 3       Listings in the show’s catalogue are not necessarily free.  Unlike trade shows in the U.S., most of our events in Germany allow you to only have an alphabetical listing in the show catalogue and single index listing at the back of the directory.  Anything else you usually have to pay for – that’s just how the catalogue’s publisher rolls.

# 2       Social media has come into increased prominence especially within the past year.  Acquaint yourself with the available technologies – and know the show’s Twitter handle.  Promote your company before, during, and after the show.  Take advantage in advance of the promotional exhibitor materials.   Face it – this is the way things are going and just sitting in your booth hoping everyone will just come to visit is probably not going to cut the mustard, unless Jennifer Aniston is sitting there with you for some reason.          describe the image
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       Pay attention to deadlines!  We know that all this registration and ordering is essentially an administrative task, easily pushed to the back burner. But missing a deadline can mean the difference between getting or not getting a booth in a show, or having to pay a surcharge for a booth order.

Sometimes things at trade shows can go awry for any number of reasons, but always keep in mind that our number one priority is to make sure that you get the assistance that you need as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to make sure that the pieces are put in place so that you have the best trade show possible!  Remember, we’re here to help!

Enjoy the holidays!

Topics: MEDICA, Messe Duesseldorf, exhibiting, International Trade Shows, Exhibitor Badges, Compamed, interpack, Social Media, exhibit booth, drupa, Top 10

Dusting Off an Old Chestnut

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 @ 13:14 PM

This article was originally posted in September 2009, and is now back by popular demand as the fall trade show season kicks into high gear!

System Stand or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Booth

You know as surely as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano every spring and the Chicago Cubs don't make it to the World Series in the fall (sigh), a common discussion that arises every year has to do with a company's approach to its booth setup options at our trade shows in Düsseldorf.

The space has been reserved, flights have been booked, and hotels have been selected. Now it's time to start thinking about how you'd like to present your company's public face at the show.

So you say you have a nifty pop-up display that unfolds out a plastic case? That's a good start. Just need some carpet and maybe an information counter and a bar stool or two to complete the ensemble, right? Looks just fine at the U.S. trade shows, why not in Düsseldorf?

You might want to think twice.

After all, you've made this huge investment to participate at this European trade show, and you want to make sure that you put your best foot forward. But in reality what looks fine against a backdrop of pipe and drape in the U.S. might in reality stand out for entirely different reasons at a German trade show.

In a nutshell: Europeans don't do "pop-up" like companies from North America do. Hence, you don't see much of it over there. In fact, the European approach to exhibiting trends more elaborate and more formal than here. The prevalent view is that the booth is by virtue and extension of the company - the place of business for the week, conducted in as formal a business setting as the show floor permits.

That said, the generally accepted minimum standard of booth design is that referred to by Messe Düsseldorf as a "system stand". Priced by the square meter, these elemental stands consist of panel walls, carpet, table and chairs, company sign above the booth, spot lights and an electrical outlet. This simple concept allows the exhibitor to save on shipping costs (keep the pop-up at home and just send over some graphics) and still decorate and setup shop as you like.

And if you really, really dig your pop-up stand and still want to use it, by all means send it on over and set it up within the confines of your system stand!

Messe Düsseldorf North America can advise you on your booth options and prevailing trends in booth design. Let us know how we can assist you in making your participation at one of our shows the best it can be!

Topics: MEDICA, Messe Duesseldorf, Trade Show Planning, Compamed, exhibit booth, stand construction, Stand Design

How Hip Do You Want to Be? Tragically Hip! Check out GDS...

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

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It’s time to get out of your sweat pants and start looking hip! The urban and streetwear trends for the next season are super colorful and can make you look like a 1000 bucks from head to toe. The young fashion for the Spring/Summer 2012 season with its three themes “Color Up”, “Preppy Yachting” and “Soft Seventies” looks modern, cool and uncompromising with bright colors: grass green, bright pink, bright yellow, pool blue and red for shirts, pants and shoes (no worries, you will not look like a canary). The look of urban and streetwear is sporty and preppy with rolled-up chinos, shorts combined with cotton shirts and comfortable lace-ups or casual espadrilles. In addition to classic, sporty maritime looks with striped patterns and traditional red-white-blue color combinations there is also a lot of natural flair. Elaborate woven sandals and platform sandals on high cork wedges together with flowing floral dresses and flared jeans in attractive washes refer to the 70’s.

To experience all these trends and be ahead of you time, just visit GDS 2011 – International Event for Shoes & Accessories and GLOBAL SHOES 2011 – leading trade show for sourcing in Düsseldorf, Germany. That’s where some 1,280 exhibitors from 42 countries will showcase their shoe, bag and accessory collections for the Spring/Sumer 2012 season from September 7 – 9, 2011. Daily fashion shows will demonstrate how trendy shoes can be combined with stylish clothes to create the perfect outfits. This is a trade only event and you can order your free entrance pass online at www.gds-online.com

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Get more information from Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180 or visit the website for a list of all labels represented at these hip trade fairs.

You should have listened to your mom and kept your favorite 70’s flare jeans!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, GLOBAL SHOES, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade show, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair

Badges!? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 @ 16:23 PM

If you recognize this as a line uttered to Humphrey Bogart in the 1948 film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, safe to say you’re a movie fanatic.  More widely recognized, the sentence was spoofed into one of the many memorable and funny throwaway lines in the Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy movie Blazing Saddles.

 

 

 

 

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The “Badges? We-don’t-need-no-stinkin-badges!”  quote always seemed to illicit a laugh as we tended to the credentialing and distribution of exhibitor and visitor entrance passes for our trade shows at the Duesseldorf fairgrounds.  For until quite recently, our trade shows in Duesseldorf didn’t actually require name badges.  Rather, each exhibitor and visitor was provided with an entrance ticket.  Each ticket was simply that:  an admission ticket with a magnetic stripe on its backside that allowed the card holder to pass thru the turnstiles at the entrances to the fairgrounds.

Name badges, as we know them from trade shows here in the United States and elsewhere, were non-existent.  Exhibitors and visitors alike were coached to bring plenty of business cards to exchange during the event.  Lead retrieval units, therefore, were also non-existent.
 

However as of the beginning of 2011, all that is now starting to change.

Staring this year, Messe Duesseldorf has upgraded its infrastructure, using some of the most modern technologies to streamline and track the show’s attendance demographics better. Each visitor to our trade shows in Duesseldorf now is encouraged to register online and to purchase an entrance pass / name badge.  Each badge now identifies the bearer’s company name clearly on the front side of it, and also contains a distinct bar code that allows the visitor swipe their card as they pass thru the entrances to the show.  Plastic name badge holders are available on-site, so that the badges can be worn.


And of course, these badges also continue the dual purpose of serving as a ticket to ride Duesseldorf’s public transportation network (known as the VRR).

Exhibitors and visitors are still encouraged to bring plenty of business cards, but it is with the hope that eventually these badges will also be used as a proper visitor ID, containing the visitor’s credentials that can be scanned into a lead retrieval unit.  Some of the obstacles that must be sorted out still remain, especially how to reconcile the handling of proprietary personal information against Germany’s strict federal data protection laws.

To be sure this is an important step forward and one that most certainly will be welcomed by many companies that participate at our trade shows!

Topics: trade show, Messe Duesseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, trade fair, Trade Show Planning, Exhibitor Badges, Visitor Badges, Lead Retrieval

Duesseldorf Packing It In on the World Stage

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 14:57 PM

The past week in Duesseldorf, Germany was – to put it lightly – momentous.

The city put itself front and center on the international stage in more ways that one, and admirably once again demonstrated that it is comfortable player among the first-tier of world-class cities.
eurovision1 In the span of a week, Duesseldorf hosted not only the world’s largest and leading international packaging trade show, interpack, it also simultaneously hosted the renowned Eurovision Song Contest at the Esprit Arena, adjacent to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, this event is perhaps one of the most watched annual TV spectacles in Europe.  Each European country submits a single band or singer performing a single song in a viewer / voter elimination contest, and then on the final night after the field has been narrowed to just 25 countries – the whole of Europe votes for their favorite by text-message voting.

The air was electrified on Saturday evening, May 14.  The city of Duesseldorf turned into one giant block party as thousands converged to the old city and the banks of the Rhine River to watch live coverage on outdoor large screens of the events inside the Arena.  Restaurants, bars and nightclubs were packed to overflowing and the narrow streets outside were full as everyone watched and waited to find out this year’s winner, Azerbaijan (Europe!?) for its contestants’ (Ell/Nikk) entry Running Scared.

At right:  Nikki Jamal and Eldar Kasimov of Ell/Nikki representing Azerbaijan celebrate on Saturday, May 14, 2011 with the Eurovision trophy and their national flag after winning the Grand Final of the 56th Eurovision Song Contest.  © AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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On the dual track, interpack returned to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds also to rave reviews and a palpable perception that the industry is once again on the uptick.  Featuring over 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries, the show attracted a total of 166,000 trade visitors – 60 percent from outside of Germany.  Particularly striking was the further significant increase in the proportion of decision-makers attending the show over the previous staging in 2008.  Almost three quarters of trade visitors reported they came from management with decision making authority – a remarkable figure!

At the same time SAVE FOOD International Congress was held, highlighting the ongoing conflict between nutrition, packaging and sustainability.  In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this meeting attracted some 300 participants and dignitaries who discussed the magnitude and causes of global food waste and explored the contribution that improved packaging could make in the fight against food waste.

And Duesseldorf handled all these important international events with flair.  For a week under sunny skies the city became the international stage for business and culture, a remarkable feat that many other aspiring cities undoubtedly envy and aspire to.

Congratulations Duesseldorf!

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1000 Twitter Followers Reached Today!

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

Twitter

Today is a special day: we have reached 1000 Twitter Followers!  This brings our 1000 Followers Twitter Contest to an end.   

Messe Düsseldorf North America is proud to announce the winner of the contest to be @PDDstudios.


@PDDstudios
will be receiving an new iPad2 soon!

Thank you to all of our Followers and keep following @mdnachicago for trade show news, information and list of world leading trade shows!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, trade show organizer, mdnachicago, mdnaprize