Final Press Release

A+A in Düsseldorf: 10% increase in visitors, opening up of new markets

53,600 visitors recognised the signs of the times giving a boost to the sector

Lasting four days the A+A in Düsseldorf closed on Thursday (30/10) posting an increase in visitors of more than 10% - thereby impressively underlining the importance of prevention in occupational safety and health in its capacity as the leading international exhibition and congress event in this field. 53,600 trade visitors (in 2001: 48,000) came to gather information on the latest trends in the field of corporate health and security management. The A+A Congress posted around 6,000 participants, thereby sending out a both positive and clear message: “Prevention is part of the output chain, the success of the measures deployed in corporate health and security management can be gauged and safeguarding and improving the quality of work and the workplace play an increasingly essential role in companies,” says Bruno Zwingmann, Managing Director of the Federal Working Group for Security and Health at Work (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit e. V.) summing up the key note at A+A 2003.

The number of international visitors attending the A+A reflects its benchmark status in safety and security trends, especially for the new markets in Europe. One in five visitors came to Düsseldorf from abroad and the number of visitors from new EU member states and those requesting accession to the EU has doubled since the last event.

“The A+A has given our dynamic sector a further boost. Our customers have recognised the signs of the times. They invest in the protection of their staff and capital. Here they focus on quality which we exhibitors can offer them in the form of innovative and durable products,” says Gerd Zeisler, Chairman of the A+A 2003 exhibition advisory board and Managing Director at Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA, summing up the positive mood of suppliers at the fair.

The A+A opening event in the CCD. Stadthalle already stimulated debate amongst the experts. Wolfgang Clement, Federal Minister for Labour and Economics, welcomed the motto of the A+A Congress saying the title “New Quality of Work – people-friendly and efficient” highlighted the effect of good conditions at the workplace on the capacity and output of staff. At the same time, Clement invited all national and international supporters of the “New Quality of Work” initiative to further intensify their efforts in the interest of all employees and the economy as a whole.

1,300 exhibitors from 50 nations came to the specialist A+A event presenting the entire range of products and services in the field of individual safety and incident-free operations at the workplace – from simple earplugs to complex electronic security systems.

The next A+A event will be held in Düsseldorf from 24 – 27/10/2005.