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Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023: Full House Expected!

A year before the 16th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working and the 9th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology begin, preparations are already getting underway. Industry players from the fields of sheet metal working and joining technology will once again stage a celebration of cutting-edge technologies in Stuttgart from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023. Outstanding booking levels confirm overwhelming interest in modern, forward-looking sheet metal working.

“The halls will be full in 2023,” observes Georg Knauer, project manager of the time-tested Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo. “They’re already as good as fully booked out,” adds Knauer. “Only a few spaces remain.” The trade fair team has structured the current layout of the nine halls for Blechexpo/Schweisstec on a differentiated basis in order to present trade fair issues dealing with the fabrication of parts made from sheet metal, profiles and pipe in a clear-cut, practice-oriented manner. For example, sheet metal, pipe and profile processing will be the thematic focus in halls 1, 3, 5 and 9. Halls 4 and 6 will be devoted to stamping technology. Cutting, joining and fastening technologies will be presented in hall 7. Hall 8 is reserved for pressing and forming technology. Finally, the issues of steel and metal services, as well as surface finishing technology, will be addressed in hall 10.

Clear-Cut Thematic Structure, Direct Business Contacts

Thanks to the thematically focused, practice-oriented format, the international expert audience will be able to plan an efficient visit to the trade fair. Traditionally, Schall’s event concept is based on the staging of pragmatic technical trade fairs with working character. Exhibitors and expert visitors benefit from the well-defined thematic structure and direct practical relevance, as well as the practicability and the synergy effects offered by the trade fair duo. Blechexpo/Schweisstec covers the entire process sequence for sheet metal working. The line-up includes efficient process technologies for modern laser technology, fully automated robotic sheet metal processing machines, precision tools and systems for punching, bending, braking and forming, as well as innovative micro-waterjet cutting technologies.

“It’s noteworthy that many new first-time exhibitors will present their companies at Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023,” says Georg Knauer. “And it’s also interesting to note that quite a few exhibitors who had interrupted their trade fair activities in recent years are now coming back.” Requests for increased booth floor space were also received in many cases immediately following Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2021. “This can surely be explained by the fact that the value of a live trade fair has since become crystal clear, for which there can be no substitute,” explains the project manager. “The capital goods industry relies on being able to examine machines and processes live and in person at trade fairs. Personal discussion and the opportunity of comparing solutions directly is only available here at this invaluable industry meet.”

“Best Award 2023” – Innovation Award at Blechexpo/Schweisstec

The customarily world-class supplementary programme of the recognised leading trade fair comprising Blechexpo and Schweisstec is currently being fine-tuned. A special highlight will be the presentation of the “best Award 2023” for outstanding innovation at Blechexpo/Schweisstec, which the trade fair promoters will organise for the sixth time together with trade journals Blechnet and MM Maschinenmarkt. The new designation emphasises the competition’s elevated quality status. The organisers have established distinct thematic differentiation amongst the five categories including 1) sheet metal, pipe and profile processing, 2) stamping technologies, 3) cutting, joining and fastening technologies, 4) pressing and forming technologies and 5) steel and metal service, as well as surface technology. Candidates are thus able to choose the most suitable category for presenting their innovations. The “best Award 2023” for outstanding innovation at Blechexpo/Schweisstec will be launched in calendar week 46 (www.maschinenmarkt-awards.de/blechexpo). With its cutting-edge technologies, Blechexpo/Schweisstec impressively reflects the industry sector’s extraordinary performance capabilities. Once every two years, the time-tested trade fair duo presents numerous issues covering all aspects of thermal and mechanical sheet metal processing, along with system peripherals including controllers and software, as well as solutions for handling and quality assurance. Important investments in digitalisation and automation are on the agenda; in particular the challenges of energy efficiency, the conservation of resources, economic efficiency and sustainability are also fuelling new approaches and future-proof technologies which will be showcased at Blechexpo/Schweisstec in Stuttgart from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023.

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60 Years of Trade Fairs for Markets – Schall Trade Fairs’ Recipe for Success

Schall has developed successful business platforms with internationally recognised trade fairs for quality assurance (Control), optical technologies, components and systems (Optatec), stamping technology (Stanztec), automation in production and assembly (Motek), bonding technology (Bondexpo), plastics processing (Fakuma), sheet metal working (Blechexpo) and joining technology (Schweisstec). This has given rise to entirely new markets in various sectors, whose protagonists are distinguished by tremendous innovative strength, comprehensive systems competence and practical application solutions.


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„best-Award 2023“ – Innovation Award at Blechexpo/Schweisstec – apply now!

A special highlight at the 16th Blechexpo – International Trade Fair for Sheet Metal Working – and the 9th Schweisstec – International Trade Fair for Joining Technology – will be the presentation of the “best Award 2023” for outstanding innovation at Blechexpo/Schweisstec, which the trade fair promoter Schall will organise for the sixth time together with trade journals Blechnet and MM Maschinenmarkt. The new designation emphasises the competition’s elevated quality status.
All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by an expert jury with members from industry, association, research institute and the trade press. The objective is to ceremoniously honour the best innovations in the sheet metal working industry, each in its own technical category.

These categories include:

  • Sheet metal, pipe and profile processing
  • Stamping technology
  • Cutting, joining and fastening technologies
  • Pressing and forming technology
  • Steel/metal services and surface finishing technology

Benefits of the “best Award 2023”:

  • Winners will be announced live on the large awards stage at Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023 directly at the kick-off on the first day of the trade fair.
  • Winners will be provided with the opportunity of presenting their triumphant innovations to an expert audience during a no-cost time slot at the Exhibitor Forum on the 8th of November, 2023.
  • All nominees and winners benefit from the expansive international media reach of Schall trade fair promoters, as well as the trade media published by the Vogel Communication Group.
  • The winners will be celebrated by the vibrant industry community on the social media – especially on LinkedIn – and by all media partners and foreign representatives associated with Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023.

Complete information regarding the submission procedure and the expert jury is available here:

Submit your entry now for the „best-Award 2023“!

The deadline for submitting entries is the 31st of May, 2023.

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Highlight Blechexpo Exhibitor Forum

With the exhibitor forum, Blechexpo offers trade visitors the opportunity to find out even more about the product and service portfolio as well as the technology competence and process know-how of individual companies. In addition, research institutions present their projects in theory and experimental practice. Take a seat and benefit from the individual know-how of the top speakers, with whom you can also have an ideal conversation after the presentation.

To the forum program

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Blechexpo Steel Convention "Ways of Steel Production"

On 28 October 2021, the 3rd day of Blechexpo 2021, there will be another highlight at Blechexpo in Stuttgart: The trade fair promoters, P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG, have initiated the 1st Blechexpo Steel Convention. Its motto is “Ways of Steel Production” and it’s being organised by the Stahl-Kommunikation agency.

The event will begin at 3.00 pm. You are cordially invited to attend. Participation is free of charge.

In times of climate protection, new, energy- and climate-friendly ways for steel production are being researched worldwide or have already been successfully pursued. It is only logical that this not only protects the climate, but also increases the costs of steel production and ultimately the material costs for steel users in the process chain.

Renowned speakers from the companies will speak about this complex topic and discuss it together with the visitors to the convention.

  • ArcelorMittal – Speaker: Dr Holger Braun, Head of CO2 Strategy at ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt Topic: “Steel4Future – on the way to green steel”
  • Salzgitter- Speaker: Dr. -Ing. Peter Juchmann, Operations Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH) – Working topic: “SALCOS – Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking”
  • BDSV- Speaker: Dipl.-Kffr. Daniela Entzian, Gf Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Stahlrecycling- und Entsorgungsunternehmen e. V. – Topic: “Climate protection is made from scrap”

Interested parties are requested to register bindingly by 21 October 2021 latest with full name and address incl. telephone number at hgd@stahl-kommunikation.de.

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Innovation Prize "Blechexpo Award"

Congratulations to the winners! For the 5th time, “blechnet” and “MM MaschinenMarkt” presented the innovation prize “Blechexpo Award” at Blechexpo in Stuttgart and awarded prizes to the most innovative exhibits at the international trade fair for sheet metal working.

Only exhibitors at Blechexpo Stuttgart 2021 had the opportunity to receive the “Blechexpo Award” for their innovations.

In these three categories:

  • Stamping and forming technology
  • Separation and connection technology
  • Surface technology

To the picture gallery of our trade fair partner

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Exhibitor Forum as Blechexpo Highlight

With its exhibitor forum, Blechexpo provides expert visitors with the opportunity of gathering information in an even more intensive manner concerning the range of products and services offered by the individual exhibiting companies, as well as their technological expertise and process know-how. Beyond this, research institutes will introduce their projects both in theory and in actual practice. Take a seat and benefit from the individual know-how of top speakers, with whom you’ll also have an ideal opportunity for discussion after the presentation.

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Tremendous Interest in Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023

Together with the 9th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology, the 16th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working will take place from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023. Already now, roughly 1½ years before the trade fair highlight, booking levels are higher than ever before at this time. As usual, the international expert audience in Stuttgart will experience a thematically focussed, practice-oriented event with cutting-edge technologies covering all aspects of the fabrication of parts made from sheet metal, profiles and pipe.

There can be no doubt that industry players in the fields of sheet metal working and joining technology will once again celebrate a feast of cutting-edge technologies from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023. “Booking levels have never been so good at this time of year,” reveals Georg Knauer, project manager of the time-tested Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo. The trade fair promoter has taken a differentiated approach to fine tuning and adapting the exhibition hall layout. “It’s important for us to ensure that expert visitors enjoy a maximally efficient visit to the trade fair,” explains Knauer. “Our concept has always included a well-structured, concise and highly practical presentation of the issues. And this, by the way, applies to all of Schall’s trade fairs.”

Differentiated Hall Layout for an Efficient Visit to the Trade Fair

Halls 1, 3, 5 and 9 will be dedicated to sheet metal, pipe and profile processing. Halls 4 and 6 will be devoted to stamping technology. Joining and fastening technologies are scheduled for presentation in hall 7. Hall 8 is reserved for pressing and forming technology. Finally, the issues of steel/metal services and surface finishing technology will be addressed in hall 10. “Blechexpo/Schweisstec has a proven track record as a pragmatic event with working character”, says the project manager. “Exhibitors and expert visitors benefit from the direct practical relevance, the practicability and the synergy effects of the trade fair duo.” Efficient process technologies for modern laser technology, fully automated robotic sheet metal processing machines, precision tools and systems for punching, bending, braking and forming, as well as innovative micro-waterjet cutting technologies are exhibited here traditionally.

On-Site Trade Fair Highly Desired as an Irreplaceable Experience

According to the project manager, many exhibitors are requesting more booth space for 2023. “This indicates that many companies regard Blechexpo/Schweisstec as an important leading trade fair and a commercially valuable industry meet,” says Knauer. Once every two years, the trade fair presents numerous issues covering all aspects of thermal and mechanical sheet metal processing, along with system peripherals including controllers and software, as well as solutions for handling and quality assurance. With its cutting-edge technologies, Blechexpo/Schweisstec impressively reflects the industry sector’s performance capabilities. Investments in digitalisation and automation are currently on the agenda in the sheet metal working industry. Challenges arising from the need for energy efficiency, the conservation of resources and cost-effectiveness will also be addressed in Stuttgart by the exhibitors at Blechexpo/Schweisstec from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023.


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Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2023 Gearing Up as Industry Highlight

Preparations have begun: the 16th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working, together with the 9th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology, will take place in Stuttgart from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023. Once again, international expert visitors will experience highly efficient, cutting-edge technologies for the fabrication of parts made from sheet metal, profiles and pipe.

Industry players from the sheet metal working and joining technology sectors will meet at the time-tested Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo in Stuttgart from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2023. Efficient process technologies for modern laser technology, fully automated robotic sheet metal processing machines, precision tools and systems for punching, bending, braking and forming, as well as innovative micro-waterjet cutting technologies are exhibited here traditionally. “Remarkable booking levels, already more than 1½ years before the trade fair opens, substantiate the degree to which exhibitors rely upon the on-site trade fair,” says Georg Knauer, Blechexpo/Schweisstec project manager. “Last year’s event in October was highly successful for everyone and the atmosphere was outstanding. This will remain unchanged in 2023.”

Trade Fair Highlight for Suppliers and Machinery Manufacturers

Expert visitors and exhibitors celebrated Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2021 as a festival of cutting-edge technologies and enjoyed the personal exchange of expertise concerning stand-alone and system solutions for sheet metal processing. “The clear-cut need for a live trade fair, for which there’s no substitute, is plainly illustrated by early bookings and the fact that many exhibitors are requesting significant booth size increases,” explains Georg Knauer. Many companies regard Blechexpo/Schweisstec as an extremely important leading trade fair which is widely recognised for the high-quality exchange of ideas amongst experts at the exhibits, at the supplementary events and at the expert forums. Expert visitors and exhibitors confirm the great significance of Blechexpo/Schweisstec as an industry meeting place for global players in the metalworking industry. Exhibitors meet up with precisely the right audience here, ideas and future strategies are exchanged and lasting business contacts are established and cultivated.

Thematically Focused and Practice-Oriented

Once every two years, Blechexpo/Schweisstec presents numerous issues covering all aspects of thermal and mechanical sheet metal processing, along with system peripherals including controllers and software, as well as solutions for handling and quality assurance. New and hybrid materials, new joining technologies for lightweight design and the most up-to-date applications and methods involving grinding technologies are also presented at Blechexpo/Schweisstec. With its top technologies, it’s an impressive representation of the high levels of performance achieved by this industry sector. Companies have added increasing levels of automation and end-to-end digitalisation to their investment agendas, as well as sustainability and efficiency where processes, energy consumption, the use of resources and overall costs are concerned. The trade fair will deal with these issues on different levels, and will present solutions as well.

Entire process sequences for sheet metal and metal working will be showcased in nine large exhibition halls – clearly structured with a thematic approach. Joining technology alone fills an entire exhibition hall. Blechexpo/Schweisstec has a proven track record as an event with working character – exhibitors and expert visitors benefit traditionally from the strictly practice-oriented concept and the synergy effects provided by the double-header trade fair. For the next event as well, a world-class supplementary programme is being prepared with expert presentations held at the Blechexpo Forum and the conferring of the Blechexpo Award. Be sure to save the dates now: 7 to 10 November 2023 in Stuttgart.


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Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2021: It was a festival!

Along with the 8th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology, the 15th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working met with great success from the 26th through the 29th of October, 2021. In a great atmosphere and with a world-class supplementary programme, the industry sector celebrated the personal exchange of information on cutting-edge technologies for standalone and system solutions for the fabrication of parts made from sheet metal, profiles and pipe.

“Full exhibition halls, a great mood, satisfied exhibitors. There’s no substitute for an on-site trade fair,” concludes Georg Knauer concisely, project manager of the Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo. 953 exhibitors from Germany, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Switzerland and the Benelux countries showcased top technologies in the fields of sheet metal processing and metalworking on 108,000 square metres of exhibition floor space in nine halls. All the industry’s big names were on hand at this trade fair highlight in Stuttgart.

“Post-event success is a certainty!”

“We’re finally able to celebrate a trade fair again,” said Christian Ludwig from Meusburger Georg GmbH & Co KG in Wolfurt, Austria. The company participated at Blechexpo/Schweisstec for the tenth time this year. “Blechexpo is a very important, leading trade fair for us. We finally have the opportunity of presenting our exhibits to our customers again. We’re engaging in terrific, high-quality discussions here, and post-event success is a certainty.”

Mathias Bihler, managing director of Otto Bihler Maschinenbau, was also “very pleased” and attested to the trade fair’s exceptional significance. “Blechexpo is an industry meeting place for global players in the metalworking industry. Ideas and strategies for the future are exchanged here. Blechexpo/Schweisstec is the highlight for suppliers and machine manufacturers thanks to personal contact with the customers,” continues Bihler emphatically.

Customers want to see and experience products.

“It feels good to be here,” said Ralf Vetter from Rehm Schweißtechnik in Uhingen, Germany. “The best part is that we’re not just presenting our products virtually – we can show them directly to our customers. They want to experience the products and handle them. At the trade fair we have the opportunity of engaging in really great discussions with customers.” Vetter expressly emphasised the advantages of combining Blechexpo and Schweisstec: “We meet up with exactly the audience we’re looking for here at the trade fair – our potential customers.”

Bettina Schall, managing director of trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH, extends her thanks to all expert visitors and exhibitors for their active participation. “Although Blechexpo/Schweisstec wasn’t affected by a compulsory interruption due to the fact that it’s held once every two years, we all had to accept certain restrictions in light of the current

situation. All of you contributed to ensuring that the stipulated general conditions were adhered to, and that a personal exchange of information was possible at the on-site trade fair. For this I thank all of you, as well as the initiators of world-class supplementary events including “Blechexpo Award” and “Blechexpo Steel Convent”.

On-site trade fairs are indispensable.

Just how great the need is for a personal exchange of professional experience and information was already evident during the first hour of the first day at the trade fair. Right from the very beginning, visitors expressed strong, concrete interest and demonstrated high levels of visitor quality, which was confirmed by numerous exhibitors. All involved parties had eagerly awaited this live trade fair autumn in 2021, and displayed an intensive need for information concerning their respective tasks in sheet metal processing. Traditionally, exhibitors and expert visitors profit from the strictly practice-oriented trade fair concept and the synergy effects of the trade fair duo.

Once every two years, Blechexpo/Schweisstec presents the issues covering all aspects of thermal and mechanical sheet metal processing, cutting technologies, processing machines, equipment for punching, bending, braking and forming, as well as system peripherals including controllers and software, and solutions for handling and quality assurance. It’s a proven trade fair with a working character that depicts complete process chains in sheet metal processing and metalworking. With its top technologies, it’s an impressive representation of the high levels of performance achieved by this industry sector. Everyone is looking forward to the next trade fair: Along with the 9th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology, the 16th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working will take place in Stuttgart from the 7th through the 10th of October, 2023.


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Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2021 - Statements, Scenes, Highlights - our trade fair films

Many thanks to all exhibitors and trade visitors for the successful 15th Blechexpo and 8th Schweisstec at Messe Stuttgart! Every day, we published trade fair films from the current trade fair events here: Impressions in which the exhibitors creatively and impressively presented their product innovations, world premieres, excellent know-how and endless innovative power.

Look forward to the 16th Blechexpo, International Trade Fair for Sheet Metal Working and make a note of the date now: 07 to 10 November 2023!

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