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Tube 2020, between present and the challenges for the future

From March 30th to April 3rd in Düsseldorf, Germany, Tube 2020 will be held, one of the largest and most important events on the international tube world. For five days the Düsseldorf exhibition center will become a global information and communication hotspot for the main players in the wire, cable and pipe industries.

The event, which takes place every two years, will deal with industry, machines and raw materials as usual, but above all it will be aimed at tube manufacturers, manufacturers of machines for processing and processing tubes, piping systems and accessories. and manufacturers of measuring and control instruments for pipes, as well as pipe and accessory dealers. Tube is the world’s leading trade fair for the piping industry and therefore the most important showcase for all professionals who produce, work and use tubes, technological process tools and related tools, measurement, testing and control technology, profiles and associated equipment , as well as used machines for the mentioned areas. Being Tube a trade fair for visitors to the sector, it attracts international experts, specialists, innovators and, of course, world market leaders in the sector, who present on that occasion some of the most innovative technologies in the world of the tube. Tube is therefore a show of a booming industry, and provides experts with answers to the challenges of the future.

In 2020 Tube will reunite around 2,600 exhibitors on a total net space of 115,000 square meters in 15 exhibition halls. For the first time since the fair was born, the new multi-purpose pavilion 1, which can hold up to 10,000 people with 12,027 square meters, will offer Tube exhibitors new presentation options. More space also means greater potential for growth: exhibitors will be able to book even larger, versatile booths with digital technology to present themselves and their product portfolio optimally. In 2020 the Wire and Tube duo expects over 70,000 visitors from around 130 countries.

Fasteners and springs will be exhibited in pavilions 16 and 17, the wire will instead be presented in halls 9 to 12 and from 14 to 17. Machinery and equipment for the production and processing of thread, process engineering tools and will be displayed. auxiliaries, materials, fiber optic technologies, special wires and cables, as well as innovations from the field of measurement, control and automation technology.

In addition to manufacturers of wire and cable machinery, wire and cable products and resellers in halls 9 to 12 and from 14 to 17, knitting machines will be exhibited in Hall 15. They have to face logistics with challenging challenges because these heavy machines require particularly thick cables in the supply ducts to be installed and connected to provide the power required for operation. In Hall 13, Chinese exhibitors will once again show their wire and cable solutions under the heading of China’s expertise. In addition to raw materials, machinery and equipment, finished products will be exhibited. The entire process chain of the tube industry will be presented at Tube 2020, in a targeted and consistent manner in pavilions 1,3,4, 5, 6, 7.0 and 7a. The vast ranges include machinery and equipment for the production, treatment and processing of pipes, as well as raw materials, pipes and accessories, used machinery, process engineering tools, auxiliary devices as well as measurement, control, automation and inspection technology. These ranges are complemented by the trade in pipes and tubes, OCTG technology, as well as profiles, machines and plastic pipes.

Pipe manufacturers and distributors are located in Halls 1, 3 and 4 and have ample space to expose their machines, equipment and products extensively. Following these rooms there are the tube processors in rooms 5, 6 and 7a. In Hall 7.0, for example, the competence of China will be brought under the slogan “meet the Chinese experience”. Over more than 30 years, Wire and Tube Düsseldorf have become the main trade fairs of their industries, and now there are also eleven international satellites that revolve around the themes of wires, cables and pipes. In their regions they are market leaders, the driving forces for local industries that enjoy high growth potential. The satellites in Russia, Brazil, China, Thailand, India and the United States are part of the portfolio of Metals & Flow Technologies fairs made by Messe Düsseldorf.

Among the key issues of the 2020 edition there will be a special focus on how robots and people are joining forces; in fact, during the fair the main updates and the most important news from the robotics sector will be surveyed. Data on sales in this particular sector are continuing to increase, the next step is to pay special attention to artificial intelligence, increasingly relying on robots, and not just for precision welding, bending and cutting of pipes or for the transport and storage of pipes.

Data from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) show how the use of robots in industry, and therefore also for the production of tubes, has changed in purely quantitative terms. In 2008, the number of industrial robotics units worldwide was still 113,000. In 2018 this number rose to 384,000 units. China is the main customer. The Asian-Australian market relies heavily on robot support. The request was 260,000 units last year, 71,000 in Europe and 49,000 in America. China remains by far the largest customer, followed by Japan with just over 52,000 units. The United States, the third largest market for robots, made a remarkable jump of 15% to a total of 38,000 units last year. In Europe, according to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), German robotics and automation for the first time reached sales of 15 billion euros in 2018, an increase of 4%. Industrial robots are used in particular for welding, laser cutting and painting. Service robots are used for monitoring, transport and cleaning purposes. The advantages of the robot in the industry are obvious: the advantages include increased productivity, production reliability and stable processes. The challenge is to be able to use robots even for smaller production volumes. If successful, it will open new models in robotics.

Tube China and India

Tube China is an international exhibition for the tube industry, held every two years in Shanghai. It is one of the largest fairs in the world for tube and pipe technology, which has established itself on the market as a branch of that of Dusseldorf. The exhibitors show the entire range from production and editing to tube processing and present not only raw materials, pipes and fittings, but also machines for the production of tubes, technological process tools and various other instruments. Tube China is only available to professionals from very different sectors such as iron, steel, metal, automotive supplies, the electrical, construction, oil, gas and chemical industries, but also for technical trade, crafts, associations and energy and water supply. Since its founding in 2004, Tube China works as a forum for innovative technologies and offers one of the best platforms for trading and networking. With the industry conference on current issues and the challenges of the pipe industry, the fair will be perfectly rounded. In 2020 it will be held for four days, from Wednesday 23 September to Saturday 26 September 2020 in Shanghai. With 16 years of experience, Tube China has become one of the most influential events in the Asian tube and pipe industry. The fair will be held at the Shanghai International New Expo Center with an exhibition space of 112,500 square meters; about 48,000 visitors and about 1,700 leading brands from over 30 countries are expected.