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International Hardware Fair

( 3 March 2024 - 6 March 2024 )
Location: Germany , Köln
Organizer: Koelnmesse GmbH

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The International Hardware Fair has been postponed. Eisenwarenmesse 2024's new hosting dates are between 03.03.2024 and 06.03.2024. The format of the event will be face-to-face. The event will not have a strict COVID-19 prevention plan in place due to the lifted travel and domestic restrictions. 

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Eisenwarenmesse is among the leading events for the tools and industrial supplies industry. It is the meeting location for both well-known and start-up companies in the sector. The fair serves as the main hub for learning about innovations and meeting with buyers. Founded in 1971, the fair takes place at Messe Cologne in Cologne. The event is among the leading fairs for Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, and Dortmund.

Business Profile of the Event

The International Hardware Fair is the meeting hub for attendees from many industries. These include the hand and power tools and DIY industries. It also includes the building/furniture fittings as well as industrial supply industries. The fasteners and fixing and industry services sector likewise attend the fair. Eisenwarenmesse attracts trade visitors such as tool, security, and hardware specialists. It also receives professionals working at department/discount stores. Often, the fair attracts building supplies or procurement managers. Many commercial users, engineers, and architects visit Eisenwarenmesse to find new tools. Importers, co-operative buying group owners and mail order specialists likewise attend.

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Eisenwarenmesse is an exhibition that can help professionals in achieving several important goals. Such include, for instance, forming new connections and maintaining previous ones. The fair can furthermore help in gaining recognition. Additionally, specialists visiting the fair can gain insight into innovations.
The Eisenwarenmesse helps to complete such goals through its exhibition and support programme. The fair features an exhibition on around 144 000 m2 of event space. The show floor has 4 main areas. These are Tools, Fasteners and Fixings, Industrial supplies, and Home Improvement. During the exhibition, over 2700 exhibitors showcase innovations such as new tools.
The International Hardware Fair includes an extensive support programme. This includes the EISEN Forum, where leading experts present the latest innovations. The Forum takes place on all 4 days of the fair, with each day having its line-up of lectures. Often, the topics focus on details such as digitalisation, e-commerce, and Industry 4.0.
Another event of interest is the Start-up Village. This is the exhibition zone for start-up companies. It is also the area where they can host live presentations to an interested audience. The DIY Boulevard is similar in intent, as it is the showcase is of DIY companies. These include professionals who create and supply tools for DIY projects.
The support program of Eisenwarenmesse also includes the EISEN Innovation-Award Ceremony. During the event, nominees in several categories compete for the innovation prize. The jury selects each winner based on the level of innovation the product has. The categories include tools, fixing and fastening technologies, and industrial supply. Eisenwarenmesse is a trade show that can help interior and furnishing professionals. Additionally, the event can help suppliers or manufacturers of building materials. Specialists working in the automotive supplies and smart home sectors should also attend. Specialist markets, building supplies retail or department stores managers should likewise visit. So should professionals who work in discount stores or as importers.
Start-ups can look forward to several events in the support program of the events. Such include the EISEN Forum, the Start-up Village and the EISEN Innovation Award. They can also take advantage of the exhibition area.

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Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific needs. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Cologne with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Messe Cologne for a quicker commute. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


Eisenwarenmesse takes place for 4 days at Messe Cologne. Koelnmesse GmbH organises the fair every 2 years. Exhibitors and visitors can visit the fair at different times. For instance, exhibitors can attend between 8 am and 7 pm for the first 3 days and between 8 am and 5 pm on the last. Visitors of the fair can attend between 9 am and 6 pm for the 3 days and between 9 am and 5 pm for the last.
Messe Cologne is an international event venue with a convenient location. It is accessible from different areas via the city's extensive public transport system. For example, the event site is 21 minutes from the Cologne Bonn Airport by bus. Furthermore, the venue is 11 minutes by metro or bus from the central railway station.
Cologne is accessible through different means. Such include by train, bus, car, and aeroplane. The city’s international airport is the Cologne Bonn Airport. The city is easy to access by train due to the high-speed links connecting the metropolis to other cities. These include London, Frankfurt, and others. The city’s inter-district transport network is also convenient. For instance, the KVB transports around 800 000 visitors through 380 trams and 320 buses. Often, the train stations in the city have a link to local tram stops. They also feature live departure boards and detailed transport link maps. The central railway station of the metropolis also has links to the metro.
Cologne has a large variety of accommodation and dining options. For example, you can choose between guest houses, apartments and hotels ranging in 2 to 5 stars. The city has over 1000 restaurants, bars, snack bars, clubs, bars, and other dining options. This allows you to find alternatives based on your needs, preferences, and budget. When considering accommodation, opt for areas such as the city centre.

Audience and Statistics

The International Hardware Fair often sets attendance number records. For example, the 2018 edition included 2762 exhibitors and 47424 visitors. Trade delegates represented around 143 nations. Among them are countries such as Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, and Russia. Many visitors also represented India, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Turkey.
Several industries attend the fair during its editions. These include the hand and power tools as well as DIY industries. The building /furniture fittings and industrial supply sectors likewise visit the fair. So do fasteners and fixing and industry services sectors. 

Past Editions

The international Hardware Show 2022 took place between 25.09.2022 and 28.09.2022. Eisenwarenmesse 2022 was in a hybrid format. The event received around 25,000 visitors from 125 countries and approximately 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries. Over 70% of the visitors were from abroad.






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