Valve World Expo, the 9th Biennial Valve World Conference & Exhibition, Dec. 2-4, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, has grown significantly since the event moved to that location. In the first year, 2010, 535 companies exhibited; by the second year, 2012, there were 591 and this year, there are already more than 625 with three months to go. Because of that growth, the expo organizers have opened up a third exhibit hall for total exhibit space of more than 190,000 feet.
The Valve Manufacturers Association will co-host a booth at the 2014 Valve World Expo, sharing space with the British Valve & Actuator Association, along with several member companies from each of the two associations.
The Expo, which is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial valves, also has seen constant growth in attendance with more than 10,500 visitors from 57 countries at the last event in 2012. Over 70% of them came from abroad with heavy representation from Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain. Trade visitors also came to Düsseldorf from as far away as India, China and the U.S.
A visit to the expo’s three halls will involve walking down multiple aisles of plant equipment and machinery, components and systems with the valves that serve as the interface for upstream and downstream technologies—the star of the show. Conference seminars, workshops and lectures go into great depth about valve applications and innovative solutions to different challenges in the process industries. Topics, which range from emissions, seals and casting to standardizations, materials, testing and new designs, combine theory with practice.
Valve World Expo, which is organized by Messe Düsseldorf and KCI Publishing B.V., is part of a global line-up of flow-technology trade fairs that also encompasses international spin-off events in China (Valve World Expo Asia) and the U.S. (Valve World Expo Americas). It is designed to be synergistic with other types of machinery and equipment events including the International Tube Trade Fair, GIFA – International Foundry Trade Fair, METEC – International Metallurgical Technology Trade Fair, THERMPROCESS – International Trade Fair for Thermal Process Engineering and NEWCAST – International Castings Trade Fair. Valves are key components in all these segments.
Besides opening a new exhibition hall, December’s expo has another first: It will be held in conjunction with the Pump Summit, which is Dec. 2 and 3. That means in addition to the many valve and actuator professionals, there will be manufacturers, suppliers and end users of pumps, compressors and seals, who can attend their own technical forum and mix with valve people. The Pump Summit also will have seminars with topics such as energy efficiency, recruiting engineers, addressing fugitive emissions, and advancements in sealing, purchasing and maintenance. Over 60 exhibitors are expected for the summit.
Valve World Expo and the Pump Summit trade fairs and seminars are designed to appeal to end-user market professionals in fields such as water and wastewater; building services; food and beverage; mining; petrochemicals; oil and gas; energy generation; the pharmaceutical industry; shipbuilding; paper and pulp; and engineering and contracting.
For information on the event, go to www.valveworldexpo.com. For those who attend, be sure to stop by and visit VMA at Stand #4C21, where VMA President Bill Sandler will be on hand to answer questions about the association, VALVE Magazine, VMA’s education program and more.