GrindTec, the international trade fair for grinding technology, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The supporting program for the trade fair from 16 to 19 March 2016 in Augsburg was correspondingly extensive. At the opening, 25 companies that have been at GrindTec from the very beginning were honored.
GrindTec once again recorded new growth in 2016: A 14% larger exhibition area at 42,000 square meters, with 11% more exhibitors (577 exhibitors) and 17% more visitors (17,950 visitors). Almost 30% of the trade visitors came from abroad, with 1,300 visitors coming from Asia alone. Since it was first held in 1998, interest in the trade fair for grinding technology has increased continuously, and so has its growth. GrindTec takes place every two years. The Fachverband der Präzisionswerkzeugmechaniker e. V. (FDPW) acts as the conceptual and technical sponsor of the trade fair.
In the new Hall 4, GrindTec this time featured a theme park on grinding technology 4.0. In addition to grinding technology and tool grinding technology, the exhibition portfolio included tool processing systems, grinding machines, technology, machine peripherals, process technology and related services. The campus was dedicated to education, research and development. The supporting program offered specialist lectures, special shows and informative discussions in the forum. In addition, the "Tool Grinder of the Year 2016" was chosen and the "Night at the Arena" in the WWK Arena offered exhibitors a break from the hustle and bustle of the trade fair.
In an interview with Messe.TV, the President of the FDPW, Mr. Jürgen Baldus, was also impressed by the above-average growth of GrindTec, from 4,000 square meters of exhibition space in 10 years to over 40,000 square meters today. The main reason for this is the importance of grinding in large-scale industry and the automotive industry. He considers the Augsburg location to be ideal due to its good connections and its central location in a very good economic environment.
During our tour of the trade fair, we were able to gain an impression of the current range of products in discussions with the exhibitors. At AKE Knebel, we found a new analysis device for precision control of precision and high-performance tools, while BELKI Filtertechnik showed us how production fluids can be successfully treated in plants. Leiblein also demonstrated its core competence in industrial water and wastewater treatment. At Lapmaster Wolters, everything revolved around precise surface processing, while the long-established company Kirner also offered innovative solutions in the grinding technology sector. Machine tool manufacturer Wema Glauchau focused on individual grinding technology tailored to the needs of its customers. Research and development was presented by the IFW, Institute of Machine Tools at the TU Berlin.