We look back on a lively and successful trade fair year with joy and thankfulness, during which we’ve set new records at our events with regard to exhibitor and visitor numbers, as well as internationalism.
Control secured its position as the world’s leading trade fair for industrial quality assurance with growth at all levels, and the globally unique event duo consisting of the internationally leading Motek trade fair for production and assembly automation, together with the Bondexpo international trade fair for bonding technology, presented the offerings of roughly 1000 exhibitors to expert visitors from 104 countries. The 25th Fakuma achieved superlatives in all categories with nearly 2000 exhibitors from 38 countries and Blechexpo/Schweisstec was more international than ever with roughly 40,000 expert visitors. Faszination Modellbau was once again one of the highlights amongst our public exhibitions. As the leading trade fair in its industry sector, it attracted 51,000 visitors to Friedrichshafen.
At the close of the year we’re pleased to once again support an especially exemplary, humanitarian project – a project which goes beyond boundaries in a very special way:
In many countries around the world, a cancer diagnosis is still tantamount to an arduous path without therapy. Providing surgical services and therapy to women suffering from cancer in Ethiopia on a regular, voluntary basis is a matter which is dear to the heart of renowned gynaecologist Professor Dr. Thorsten Kühn of Klinikum Esslingen. With the goal of providing help for self-help, he trains physicians on-site and sets up medical networks. His guiding principle for his work in Africa will accompany us in the new year: “We talk a great deal about cultural dissent, but it’s extremely important to find consensus amongst people from different cultures.”
In combination with our sincerest Christmas greetings, we hope that you’ll be successful in this respect, in business as well as in private life, that you’ll be accompanied in the coming year by good health, joy and success, and that in addition to your duties, you’ll always find time for matters which are dear to your heart.