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EMO exhibitor registration tops previous show.

Some 2,005 exhibitors from 41 countries have registered for EMO 2007, which runs in Hanover, Germany, Sept. 17-22. They will occupy 1.9-million sq. ft., which means that the upcoming European world machine-tool show will be about 10% larger than the previous event in 2005, which also was held in Hanover.

At a forum in late June, EMO general commissioner Dr. Detlev Elsinghorst commented that "2007 will go down as one of the biggest events in the 30-year history of EMO Hanover."

Organizers at VDW, the hosting German machine-tool builders' association report, that around 60% of exhibitors are from outside Germany. Asian manufacturers in particular are vigorously flying the flag, they say, and those builders have expanded in number by 20% and in floor space by 30%. The largest contingents will be those from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Switzerland, and Japan.

Attendance at the previous event two years ago drew 160,000 visitors. Organizers say that 37% of those were first-time visitors, amounting to nearly 60,000 potential new customers.

The show also will serve as a venue for conferences aimed at the machinery industries. One business symposium, for example, will look at the newly industrializing countries of Eastern Europe: the VDW reports that exports to Russia rose 57% last year, those to Slovakia by 51%, and to Romania by 40%.

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. (Princeton, N.J.), the American representative of the organizer, points out that booth space is still available, particularly booths packaged with sponsoring associations like the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute. The office also has a travel and housing referral service, at www.hf-usa.com/travel2fairs.

VDW also sponsors a national machine-tool fair in off-EMO (even-numbered) years called Metav. The next one, in Dusseldorf next April, is expected to draw 50,000 visitors.

The next EMO, which is officially sanctioned by CECIMO, the Brussels-based consortium of European organizations, will run in 2009 in Italy at the new fairgrounds outside Milan.

Hannover Fairs USA, Princeton, N.J. 609-987-0092.
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