A+A 2013 Review

This year’s A+A Show in Düsseldorf saw a big increase in visitors from the last event in 2011. With over 63,000 trade visitors and more than 1600 exhibitors from 55 countries, A+A has reaffirmed its standing as the world’s leading trade fair in the fields of Safety, Security and Health at Work and Special Equipment for Disaster / Emergency Management. The show was well responded by visitors, and the fact that more than one in four visitors came from abroad highlighted its international importance.

This year’s partner country was Turkey. Halil Etyemez, Turkey’s Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Security, talked at A+A 2013 of the enormous efforts his country is making to improve health and safety at work by means of a stricter legal framework and very far-reaching occupational safety provisions.

Exhibiting companies included Draegar, with their new Parat product line of escape hoods. In addition, MSA presented a range of products at A+A, including respiratory protection, ear and head protection, fall protection equipment as well as wearable and stationary gas detectors and test equipment.

Demographic change is now clearly evidenced in the working environment. Staff with age-related long-sightedness require maximum protection, and the Uvex Safety Group has therefore developed goggles with integrated dioptre correction at close range.

For marketing manager Rubina Meunier of the French safety glass producer Bollé, the journey to A+A was definitely worth it. “A+A is a tremendously important trade fair, which fits our needs very well. There are numerous specialized and decided customers, with whom we don’t lose any time. We have the impression, that each of our brochures is going to the right hands.”

Many ther exhibitors came from further afield.  “This is the first time we have exhibited at A+A and we are delighted to be here! It is a very friendly atmosphere and an excellent meeting place!” said TL Thum, Senior Marketing Manager at Multisafe, a Malaysian company which produces gloves. For him this fair is a decisive chance to make business.

Live fire prevention demonstrations took place in the Theme Park Occupational Fire Prevention and Disaster Management, in hall 6. Visitors got to see how fire fighting professionals extinguish fires. There was also a ‘Security at work’ themed demonstration showing working what it is like to work from heights, with demonstrators climbing down a rope from the ceiling.

The International A+A Congress ran parallel to the trade fair, counting some 5,500 participants this year. As with the international conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the focal point lay here on prevention, the recognition of occupational diseases and the correct treatment of those affected. Summing up the core statements at A+A 2013, Bruno Zwingmann, Managing Director at the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health said “Prevention is an investment in the future. Maintaining and promoting the health and performance of employees is gaining importance internationally for companies, social security and in the political sphere.”

A+A will be held again in Düsseldorf from 27th October to 30th October 2015. Visit A+A Online for more information on the event.