Preview: W3+ Fair Rhine Valley

At the premiere in September 2019 of W3 Rhine Valley, more than 100 national and international exhibitors met with more than 1000 trade visitors. (Source: Fleet Events)

Provided that Austria further relaxes the regulations as expected, the W3+ Fair Rheintal will take place as planned on 23 and 24 September 2020. The fair will then open – as probably one of the first events after the Corona break – the eagerly awaited autumn season. For the second time already, the high-tech platform is calling experts from the optics, photonics, electronics and mechanics sectors from the four-country region of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to the Dornbirn exhibition center. Together, the experts are looking for new technological solutions that are used, for example, in areas such as medical technology, tools & machinery and automotive. Key exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, including Swarowski Optik from Austria, Optotech from Germany, WZW Optic from Switzerland, Universal Photonics from the USA as well as ILT Fineworks from the Netherlands.

Looking to the future will be a central theme: the new, accompanying high-tech congress N-Tec Talks will be held under the motto “The day after Corona – prospects, opportunities and measures for the high-tech industry after the crisis”. The congress on enabling technologies took place for the first time at the W3+ Fair Wetzlar in Germany in February 2020. In the Rhine Valley, everything will revolve around current know-how and best practice examples in the three subject areas of Product Technology, Procurement and Production, and Management. Speakers from associations and companies will present their concepts for a new beginning, which will be of equal interest to product managers, developers or buyers.

Another novelty: in 2020, the W3+ Fair will for the first time be held in conjunction with the Tech.Con trade fair, the platform for industry, trade and production companies in the Lake Constance region. This creates a wide range of topics and ensures a cross-industry mix of experts on site.

In order to meet the increased safety requirements in Corona times, organizer Fleet Events has put together a comprehensive package of measures that can be implemented as required. These include controlled numbers of visitors in the hall as well as wider aisles, increased cleaning cycles and the recommendation to all participants to wear face masks.

“We are confident that the event will take place in September. After the Corona break, we are expecting a strong response – many companies and partners are very much looking forward to resuming personal contacts. Dornbirn will thus become the hotspot of the high-tech industry in the Rhine Valley region during the two days of the trade fair,” project director Jörg Brück is certain.

Associations invite members – new networking opportunities

Important associations and institutions such as EPIC, Swissphotonics, Photonics Austria, Spectaris and IVAM will be partners in 2020. It is planned to use the W3+ Fair as a platform for the first personal meetings of members. Due to the forced break, the industry’s need for direct contacts and the resumption of regular business operations has increased significantly. For this reason, the organizer is giving the topic of networking even more space than usual.

The venue Rhine Valley has been carefully chosen: The transnational region with its focus on research & development is one of the top ten of Europe’s 1,200 high-tech locations. This is where the cross-industry concept of the W3+ Fair is particularly effective. User sectors such as aerospace, automotive, medical technology, life science, tools & machinery benefit from the cooperation just as much as the high-tech industries themselves. At the premiere in September 2019, more than hundred national and international exhibitors met with more than a thousand trade visitors. (Source: Fleet Events)

Link: W3+ Fair Rhine Valley, Dornbirn, Austria, Fleet Events, Hamburg, Germany

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