Fensterbau Opens Tomorrow in NurembergMarch 20th, 2012 by Editor
Fensterbau/frontale 2012, an exhibition for doors, windows and facades, is set to open tomorrow in Nuremberg, Germany and will run through
March 24 at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. Organizers report that 780 exhibitors will display a wide range of products for the entire fenestration industry including structural and profile systems, components, hardware, glass, machinery and much more. While North American exhibitors taking part this year have varying opinion on the number of U.S. and Canadian attendees that will attend, they still expect the show to be a positive experience.
Mike Biffl, national sales manager with Sturtz Machinery Inc., says he’s expecting a small number of customers from The United States and Canada to be at Fensterbau this week.
“We have spoken to some customers who plan to attend but most we talked to were not going this year. The machinery market in North America is still relatively soft,” he says. “However, the customers I spoke with who are planning to go have plans for capital investment so they want to see what is new. We are expecting a limited contingent of North American customers but we expect more than casual interest from the fabricators who make the trip. The timing is good for us as we will have some newly upgraded machine designs on display.”
David Harris, product manager – Exterior, with American Renolit Corp., says overall he’s looking forward to a good North American presence.
“Before this show I always touch base in advance of leaving with a number of likely customers and prospects from the United States and Canada who may come to the show,” says Harris, adding that he was pleasantly surprised with the response. “The number that responded positive was better than I expected based on how things have been. Plus there are always guys I didn’t check with who come looking for us and pop up in the booth.”
He adds that shows are a chance to meet with existing customers and catch up.
“One of the services we offer our customers here is trends–what colors and designs are popular and where. European trends are often making their way into our market,” he says. “This show, and meeting our colleagues from all over, gives me a chance to learn and then later tell our customers here what we see coming. It keeps us fresh.”
Look to www.dwmmag.com for more news from Fensterbau/frontale 2012.