A+A 2011 in Düsseldorf kicked off with record exhibitor numbers and exhibition space and now after four days (18 – 21 October) the leading International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work can also post top visitor numbers. 60,100 trade visitors, more than ever before in the event’s history (2009: 55,800), gathered information here on current trends and product innovations in the field of occupational health and safety and the realisation of smooth-running operational procedures from the good 1,600 exhibitors from 54 nations featured at the trade fair. One in four visitors came from abroad. The event saw a significant rise here particularly from countries in South and Central America.
“This result has further extended A+A’s global standing as ‘Safety’s No. 1’. No other sectoral event offers such a complete product overview and sets so many trends in the sector thanks to its opportunity for intense exchange between experts,” says Messe Düsseldorf Managing Director Joachim Schäfer summing up the result and variety of innovations on show.
Klaus Bornack, Chairman of the Trade Fair Advisory Board and Managing Director at Bornack GmbH & Co. KG, also reported on the constructive talks held here between suppliers and their customers: “No corners are cut when it comes to staff health and safety. High-quality safety products not only provide better protection, they also enjoy greater user acceptance levels which means they are also in greater demand. The intense exchange with customers at A+A also provided valuable input in terms of further product development.”
Exhibitors at A+A displayed great innovative flair showcasing a wealth of new products and services. Product highlights this time included protective clothing and products especially for women (e.g. protective overshoes with steel caps for high heels, feminine overalls or even safety helmets in fashionable colours with decorative appliqués), the ergonomically perfect office or assembly work station – adaptable to individual physical, acoustic and visual requirements – as well as compact and yet very high-performing measuring equipment for gauging levels of pollutants.
The A+A Congress attracted over 5,000 participants and offered a range of topical themes on social developments, upcoming reforms at national and international level, technical and organisational innovations as well as new scientific findings. For instance, the Autumn Conference of the Society of Ergonomics (Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaften – GfA) held as part of the A+A Congress discussed to what extent new concepts on work schedules and organisation can meet increasing staff demands in terms of flexibility and mobility.
Adding an international touch was the conference organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO – a specialised agency within the UN) featuring several hundred participants and the “German-Polish Dialogue on Occupational Safety”. In focus here were the two countries’ national occupational safety strategies and the convergence of the markets for personal protective equipment, for instance in terms of overriding norms and guidelines within the European internal market. Poland was the partner country at A+A 2011.
The next A+A will be held in Düsseldorf from 5 – 8 November 2013.