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More than 5,300 visitors from 30 countries. The new trade fair, powered by EISENWARENMESSE, achieves its goals and meets the expectations of visitors and exhibitors.

The first edition of International Hardware Fair Italy took place from 5-6 May 2023 at Fiera di Bergamo. International Hardware Fair Italy 2023, organised by Koelnmesse Italy on the model of EISENWARENMESSE, was sold out with 302 exhibitors in its two halls. The trade fair experienced a strong participation from international companies from 20 countries, including group and individual participants. Along with a strong European participation from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Holland, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Norway, Serbia and Turkey companies from Australia, India, Taiwan, China and Unites States joined the premiere event.

The strong synergy with EISENWARENMESSE, the world’s largest trade fair for the sector is the basis for the immediate success of the new events’ first edition that registered more than 5,300 visitors from 30 different countries. International Hardware Fair Italy aims to become the new Italian “home” of hardware both at Italian and European level and hosts the entire world of hardware, building, DIY, outdoor & garden, as well as safety, paints & colours, electricity and industrial supplies. Complementary to EISENWARENMESSE the Italian event is held in odd years.

A platform that meets the real needs of professional industry
“For some time now, we have been gathering clear signals from the Italian and European market to organise an event dedicated to the hardware, building and DIY world, which was not yet present in Italy. And the market proved us right,” commented Markus Oster, Vice President Trade Fair Management, Koelnmesse GmbH in Germany. “The success of this first edition comes from all our experience as trade fair organisers, which has enabled us to structure a trade show exhibition that meets the real needs of the industry. Also thanks to the strong support to this first edition of the many European and Italian associations, we managed to create the most representative platform in Italy for the European market,” added Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse Italy.

International Hardware Fair Italy partners with EDRA/GHIN
The partnership with EDRA/GHIN (European DIY Retail Association-EDRA, and Global Home Improvement Network-GHIN) represented an important step towards establishing the event at European level. “The International Hardware Fair Italy was one of the most successful first editions of a Trade Fair that I have had the pleasure of experiencing” commented John W. Herbert, General Secretary of EDRA/GHIN. “The organisers of the coming together of the industry in Bergamo can be most proud for what they have accomplished with this show, which will have a most promising future.”

The national and international associations’ support
The leading associations in the different sectors, more than twenty of them both Italian and European, also confirmed their support and cooperation for the trade fair. Among them, we can mention ZHH, the Professional Association for the Hardware Trade; FWI, the Association of Tool Manufacturers in Germany; Assofermet Ferramenta, the Italian Association of Hardware Distributors. At regional level, the response was also strong, gaining the cooperation of organisations with strong roots in the region, including Ance Bergamo, Confartigianato Imprese Bergamo, Confindustria Bergamo and, in particular, Ascom Confcommercio Bergamo, which includes one of the largest hardware business networks in Italy.

The key role of matchmaking
The matchmaking programme was a key event to enable companies and distributors/dealers to meet at the trade fair. More than 200 meetings were organised during International Hardware Fair Italy, thanks to the collaboration with national and European distribution partners with specialisation in the different channel clusters involved in the event.

The conferences
The conference programme included two days of discussion on the most topical issues: industry scenarios, panel discussions between manufacturers and distributors from the physical and online channels, and an extensive programme of professional workshops.

The first morning was dedicated to the international market scenario in the hardware, building and DIY sectors, and the strategic and economic drivers that will condition the supply chains in the coming years. In the afternoon slot, the conference was dedicated to trends in modern home improvement, and the evolution of the national and international large-scale retail network.

The conference on the second event day was dedicated to renewal in independent technical retail, the evolution of B2B and social communication, and the new expectations of the professional consumer post Covid, with a focus on the world of colour.
The garden & outdoor market played a leading role in the conference dedicated to trends in the green distribution world and garden centres, with an in-depth look at the Green Bonus and innovation in gardening equipment.

The Product of the Year Award – a collaboration between International Hardware Fair Italy and Assofermet Ferramenta – as well as the Oscar del Negozio ferramenta and the Negozio Ascom Prize were presented during the award ceremony.

Milan, 17 May 2023

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