Elmia Welding & Joining Technology, the Nordic region’s biggest trade fair for the welding and joining industry, is held at Elmia in Jönköping, Sweden, and is arranged in cooperation with the Swedish Welding Commission.
The fair was first held in 2012 and attracted more than 6,000 visitors. When the dates of the next fair were released, scheduled for May 6-9, 2014, at the same time as the Elmia Automation trade fair, the exhibition hall was soon fully booked.
“This is the best proof we’ve created a fair the industry really likes,” said Lina Kåvestam, project manager, Elmia. “We’re working hard to create a meeting place that delivers what the industry wants. Business deals, networking and new knowledge are the cornerstones of the fair.”
Show organizers spoke to the success of the fair coming into its second show.
“In my view this success is due to three factors,” said Mathias Lundin, managing director, Swedish Welding Commission. “First, as a trade organization we have deliberately chosen to commit strongly to this fair. And when you decide to do something and really go for it, things tend to turn out well. Second, we have a close partnership with Elmia.”
Lundin said the third factor is his industry’s own interest and desire to network and cooperate.
“They realize the need for this – that you can’t solve all your problems alone in your room – you need input from other people. The fair is a meeting place where people can both network and access knowledge.”
The Swedish Welding Commission recently commissioned a survey of its members, who gave high marks to the fair.
“Yes, the fair was one of the activities our members ranked highly,” said Lundin.
Elmia Welding & Joining Technology presents the welding industry’s entire range of offerings and is aimed at visitors in such sectors as vehicle manufacturing, heating, ventilation and sanitation engineering, steel construction and energy. The fair attracts purchasers, design engineers, production managers and welders themselves.