Review: W3+ Fair

Dr. Christoph Ullrich von Giessen opened the third W3+ Fair that was attended by more than 155 companies and partners and more than 2,700 trade visitors (Source: W3+ Fair)

Dr. Christoph Ullrich von Giessen opened the third W3+ Fair that was attended by more than 155 companies and partners and more than 2,700 trade visitors (Source: W3+ Fair)

Attended by more than 155 companies and partners and more than 2,700 trade visitors, the third W3+ Fair in Wetzlar, the innovative trade exhibition for optics, electronics and mechanics, drew to a close on March 3rd. The W3+ Fair confirmed its position as a popular forum for decision makers and an important networking trade fair for precision technology in Germany. The large number of decision makers who were present, as well as the expert visitors, many from the fields of research and development, once again produced very happy faces.

The Minister of Economics and Energy of the Federal State of Hesse, Tarek Al-Wazir, also found out more about the industries during a tour of the trade fair. With more than thirty expert speakers, as well as about twenty competence partners, the event once again demonstrated its growth credentials. The number of exhibitors grew by 20 % compared to the previous year, and trade visitors increased by 12 %. Both sides were highly satisfied.

More than almost any other trade fair in Germany, the W3+ Fair now stands for knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary networking relating to precision technologies, in an increasingly international environment. One can therefore say that it has become one of the key solution-oriented technology platforms for these three high-tech sectors in Germany.

The event’s cross-sector concept, which appeals to companies throughout the entire value creation chain, was judged to have been particularly successful. The high level of quality of the trade fair itself and of the trade visitors were likewise often commended. The W3+ Fair 2016 once again provided a platform for an ambitious programme of presentations on the subject areas of “optical metrology, and manufacturing techniques in optics and optoelectronics”.

Minister Al-Wazir took the opportunity to emphasize the advantage of energy-efficiency networks: “The W3+ Fair shows that networks can achieve great things. I am impressed by what has developed here over the last three years – the region can rightly take pride in it. Please keep up the good work! We would like to see the same for energy efficiency. I therefore appeal to you to establish energy-efficiency networks. We need your help in achieving our goals of massively reducing energy consumption and ensuring a sustainable and affordable supply of energy.”

The Student Day, which was also held for the very first time this year, was received very positively as well. More than 140 students from universities and technical colleges used this day to find out more about career options – thereby providing a perfect pool of applicants for companies at the trade fair that were recruiting. (Source: W3+ Fair)

Student Day: More than 140 students from universities and technical colleges used this day to find out more about career options. (Source: W3+ Fair)

This year also saw the attendance of international delegations for the first time, with these coming from the medical technology sector in the Netherlands, from the high-tech research region of Flanders, and also from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Asia. The new ‘Meet & Greet’ event for network and delegation members, which was held for the first time, also proved to be very popular.

The Student Day, which was also held for the very first time this year, was received very positively as well. More than 140 students from universities and technical colleges used this day to find out more about career options – thereby providing a perfect pool of applicants for companies at the trade fair that were recruiting.

The exhibition organizer Fleet Events is more then satisfied. Chief executive Christoph Rénevier: “In a very short space of time, the W3+ Fair has become an important forum for the three sectors. This is the meeting place for executives, decision makers, engineers and technology experts, all of whom are looking for new solutions together. We want to build on this success in 2017.”

Next year, the W3+ Fair will take place on 21 and 22 February. (Source: W3+ Fair)

Link: www.w3-messe.de

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