The 10th edition of ExpoFerretera 2009, the international exhibition that gathers hardware, bathroom fittings and paint stores and building materials firms, came to and end.
A fair in which quality predominated: both among the visitors, the participating companies and the outstanding stand building.
It has been visited by more than 17,000 shopkeepers, businessmen and professionals of the industry, both at national and international level.
The 10th edition of ExpoFerretera 2009 highly met its aims. The 262 local and foreign firms that took part in the fair considered it a very satisfactory experience and highlighted the quality of visitors that approached the stands. During the exhibition, many national and international business deals were made. It is worth mentioning the prestige the event has abroad.
Though organizers and the participating companies are affected by the international crisis, a hopeful message has been noticed. As it has been stated by the Secretary of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Companies, Dr. Fernando Javier Fraguío, who was present in the fair opening ceremony:
“(…) we celebrate initiatives like ExpoFerretera, that in times of crisis redouble their compromise with the country and offer many Argentine companies the opportunity to present their products to potential partners or local and foreign customers. For us, working with the hardware industry is a daily work, a key link in the country’s economic growth chain because we act as a supplier of consumables and tools for all the industry segments, the building industry and most of Argentine homes. We are really pleased to see the development achieved in machine tools production, robotics products, welders, hand tools, lathes, and capital goods in general. We also celebrate the increasing integration of those high added value and technological content productions that reintroduce the prestige of the Argentine industry in world markets. Results show us that it's worth the effort our country is making in this
The President of the Argentine Chamber of Hardware Stores and Related Products (Ca.F.A.R.A.), Mr. Osvaldo Franzetti, also spoke on the economic crisis:
“(…) within the businessmen sector it re-emerges a force that is only driven by the hope and fighting spirit that make men to renew their efforts and don’t give up. Though in our country we, the businessmen, receive some strokes that knock us down, we begin once again. This edition of ExpoFerretera shows us the energy of the
Besides, Mr. Fernando Gorbarán, President of Indexport Messe Frankfurt, added:
“This has been undoubtedly a very tough year, in which we had to support the companies because they hesitated regarding taking part in the fair due to the international crisis and Influenza A. However, today we have a fair with more than 270 exhibiting companies from 10 countries: Germany, Brazil, China, United States, Spain, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, Taiwan and Uruguay; thus showing that in spite of the current situation we keep having an international exhibition in Argentina, in the City of Buenos
The fair has been visited by 17,823 shopkeepers, businessmen and professionals that could see the news in terms of machine tools, services, and other exhibited products. Besides, they had the chance to attend lectures given by the exhibiting companies within the fair framework. A unique opportunity to get training and update in order to meet the demands continually posed by the market.
One of the most important points of the fair has been the 2nd International Matchmaking Program for Buyers of Hardware Products, Bathroom Fittings, Paints and Builder’s
Yards, organized by Fundación Export.Ar, Indexport Messe Frankfurt and the Undersecretaryship of Politics and Commercial Management of the Government Production Department, by means of PROARGENTINA program. Many meetings among local companies and buyers coming from abroad took place. This way, commercial relationships with great future perspectives were established. The participants of the matchmaking program were pleased with the results they achieved. In the fair opening ceremony, Dr. Marcelo Elizondo, Director of Fundación Export.Ar, said: "This time there are companies from very different countries of Latin America such as: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, that are taking part in specially organized meetings that follow a series of intelligence previous work that enable us to offer sound opportunities to those companies that take part in the program. We try to help in this event by means of an international area in a fair that it is very successful in itself. We hope this will be a way to keep adding value to an international business chain that fortunately, in spite of the crisis, has decreased but not so much. This year the business of metallurgical sector in terms of exports have exceeded 2,600 million dollars; we are even exceeding the 8,000 million dollars in exports of all industrial manufactured goods because, despite the crisis, we are struggling to get out of this situation."
Some exhibitors have also seen their expectations highly met. Some of them told us about their experience:
President, Javier Brodsky
“We are celebrating our first 50 years in this exhibition with a lot of new products. We are very pleased with the number of people that visit the exhibition from abroad and from the interior of the country and with exhibitor's level. We will take part in the next edition for sure."
Sales Manager, Diego Muia
“This exhibition has been growing year after year and we are very proud of being here every two years, launching a new line of products. We always make new businesses with customers from abroad, from neighboring countries and from our country. This year the number of visitors was huge and we hope to take part in the next edition."
Manager, Walter Diaz
“We have taken part in this fair since 2001 edition. We have achieved very good results up to the moment, a large number of people came to visit us, we have made very good contacts with people from the interior of the country; and people from other countries such as Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay have also come. We are pleased and we look forward to participating in 2011 edition."
EL ROBLE SRL
Managing Partner, Hernán Toth
“We have been in the market for 50 years helping all building companies and builders. This year, the fair is fantastic; there are many people from abroad. Many suppliers and wholesalers that we do not know came to talk and get advice on products. We really want to support Indexport Messe Frankfurt staff every year and in every exhibition they organize regarding building industry.”
Commercial Director, Pablo Iglesias
“We have been working these 4 days with great success due to the visits we received both from the interior of the country, from the capital city and from neighboring countries. The visitor's level has been good to very good, and in some contacts I would say it was excellent. We believe this exhibition is growing day after day. We consider the fair has been very well organized, the exhibitor’s level has been very good and we deem it is almost compelling for our sector to be here. I await you in ExpoFerretera 2011, in which we and our dealer will be present for sure."
Firm Representative, Jorge Madona
“We do business throughout the country and have exported part of our production since 15 years ago. Plumita has been in the market for 40 years, and has a very well-made product. We have seen high attendance of hardware shopkeepers from all parts of the country and we were pleasantly surprise to notice they had good expectations and they were willing to do business. We have made very good matchmaking programs; even in the International Matchmaking Program we took part.”
Managing Partner, Roberto Sabella
“Since 1994, we have been taking part in all editions of this fair, thus we have a vast experience in this sector. We always do business, and it is nice to receive the visit of your customers from all parts of the country, to show your products, your innovations; to celebrate agreements, to receive corrections and criticism. You also get new customers both locally and internationally; because the matchmaking program organized by Indexport Messe Frankfurt is very efficient, specially, in the sector one aims to reach. In 2011, we will be present here as always.
In short, ExpoFerretera 2009 has been a success for organizers, exhibitors and visitors. The energy now is driven to the next edition of the fair that will take place
on September 1- 4, 2011 in Costa Salguero Trade Center.
About Messe Frankfurt
With a turnover of 436 million euros up to November, 2008, Messe Frankfurt is the most important fair organizer in the world. The company has a world staff of 1,400 employees. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network made up by 29 subsidiaries, 5 branches and 48 international partners for the commercialization of their events, thus being present in more than 150 countries. The events "made by Messe Frankfurt" are carried out in more than 30 places around the world. In 2008, Messe Frankfurt organized more than 100 fairs and commercial exhibitions, of which more than a half took place in Germany.
Messe Frankfurt Trade Center has 578,000 square meters, nine pavilions and an adjacent congress center. The fair company belongs to the State, since the city of Frankfurt del Meno is owner of 60% and the federal state of Hess owns the other 40%.
For more information, please visit our website www.messefrankfurt.com
About Indexport Messe Frankfurt
Founded in 1990, Indexport is a services company, specialized in market access. As from 2003, and with the stocks acquisition by the German company, Indexport changed its name to Indexport Messe Frankfurt, thus becoming the Argentine subsidiary of the leading company in the organization of professional exhibitions worldwide. The aim of the fairs is to promote actual business meetings that foster regional markets, encourage the internal market and urge the technological development in each area.
At present, the event portfolio of Indexport Messe Frankfurt includes: Automechanika Argentina, BIEL Light+Building, BISEC, Cosmesur Beautyworld Buenos Aires, ExpoFerretera, Hair&Beauty Buenos Aires, MetalExpo, Seguriexpo Buenos Aires, Tecno Fidta and many congresses.
For more information, please visit: www.indexport.com.ar