Valve World Expo Düsseldorf 2016: Confirms Position as No. 1 Trade Show for Industrial Valves

To the tune of 20,000 square metres of exhibition space, 725 exhibitors from 40 countries and 12,350 trade visitors – the fourth
Düsseldorf Valve World Expo took placeagainst the backdrop of a rather subdued business climate in the industrial fittings industry.
Posting noticeable growth in both exhibitor numbers and squaremetres it proved the biggest Valve World Expo in Düsseldorf so

“As a key technology industrial valves are indispensable for just about every branch of industry. As an innovation platform and
meeting point for this sector the Valve World Expo has developed into what is the international “place to be” today,” rejoices Joachim
Schäfer, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.
Halls 3, 4 and 5 of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre saw current technologies, components and systems presented from the most
varied industrial fittings segments. Once again running as a parallel event was the Valve World Expo Conference in Hall 4.
Short distances between the trade fair activities and conference for the approx. 400 participants ensured avid cross-fertilisation
between theory and practice for exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates.

The 725 companies exhibiting at the Valve World Expo showcased the latest valves, valve components and parts,
actuators and positioners, compressors, measuring and control
technology, upstream supplies, service, support and consulting
services, and engineering services. Software as well as relevant
associations and publishing houses supplemented the ranges.
Exhibitors felt themselves and their products perfectly placed in
Düsseldorf: “The Valve World Expo is also a must-go event for

Hartmann Valves. We have invested heavily in our stand
presentation. This really pays off since this trade fair is so
important as a sectoral get-together. We also found that many
international visitors came here this year. To my mind there is only
one conclusion for us to draw: We have been part of it since the
Expo has existed – and it will stay that way,” delighted Sonja Seitz,
Marketing Manager at Hartmann Valves.

Thomas Schlösser from Pentair also rated the trade fair as a
resounding success after three days: “The partnership between
Valve World and Pentair has been lived and highly appreciated for
a long time. 75% of the key decision-makers in the valve and
actuator sector are here. This means the Expo is perfect for
networking. We found our stand ideal to present Pentair’s
complete package. And it is not only about products but also about
complete solutions for customers: we analyse and improve
processes,” says Pentair Managing Director, Regional Sales
Director Central & Eastern Europe, Benelux, Russia &

Looking at 2018 Elif Er, Marketing & Quality Management at GFD
– Gesellschaft für Dichtungstechnik, adds: “A customer came to
see us to express his satisfaction – and he brought along another
new customer. After all, these personal contacts are key for
networking and canvassing. The follow-up business is of
paramount importance for us – there will definitely also be some
positive surprises we are still unaware of now. No doubt about it –
we will be back again in 2018, too.”

12,350 Trade Visitors over three Trade Fair Days
12,350 high-quality trade visitors from 88 countries came to visit
the Valve World Expo 2016. Approximately 70% of the guests
came from abroad, most of them from Italy, the Netherlands, Great
Britain, France, Russia and Spain as well as from the fast growing
economic regions in Asia, the Middle East and South America.

With two satellite events held biennially in the USA and China in
the odd years, the Valve World Expo is also well positioned on the
international stage. This means it continues to further expand its
position as the No. 1 trade fair in the industry.

In 2016 most trade visitors took an interest in valves, valve
components and parts, actuators and positioners, engineering
services and software, compressors as well as in associations and
publishing houses. Some 50% were users of valves and valve
producers, followed by valve dealers, service providers, other
types of trade and skilled crafts.

Visitors came from the oil and gas industry, petrochemical,
chemical, food, marine and offshore industries, water and waste
water management, automotive production and mechanical
engineering, pharmaceutical and medical device technology as
well as power plant technology.

Over 60% of the visitors had purchasing and decision-making
competence, 97% gave top scores when asked to rate the event.
Maintaining contacts with existing suppliers, finding new ones and
an interest in trends and innovative technologies of the industry
were given as principal reasons for visiting the trade fair.

Valve World Expo Conference: Again at the Heart of Trade
Fair Activities in Hall 4

Organised and executed by KCI Publishing, the international
expert conference was once again held in Hall 4. The lectures,
workshops and seminars focused on future themes such as
material selection, new technologies and processes for valve
production and applications, new energies, the analysis of new
services and sectoral structures. To the tune of 400 high-calibre
experts from the field of valve technology met at this international
expert exchange in Düsseldorf.

Pump Summit Düsseldorf 2016: Top-Notch Pump Technology
The Pump Summit Düsseldorf was held as a forum for the pump
industry on 29 and 30 November concurrently with the Valve
World Expo.

State-of-the-art pump technologies were exhibited in Hall 7.0, in
the immediate vicinity of the Valve World Expo. As an interface to
the valve and fittings technology displayed at the Valve World
Expo this event generated valuable synergies for visitors of both
events. The second Düsseldorf Pump Summit was accompanied
by a technical conference.

The next Valve World Expo with accompanying technical
conference will be held in Düsseldorf from 27 to 29 November

Press Contact for Valve World Expo 2016:
Petra Hartmann-Bresgen M.A.
Ulrike Osahon
 +49 (0)211/4560-541
 +49 (0)211/4560-992
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