13th Blechexpo – International trade fair
for sheet metal working
07.–10. NOVEMBER 2017 STUTTGART
28.11.2016

Blechexpo and Schweisstec – Competence Meets Practical Know-How


Blechexpo 2017 Tops Record-Breaking Results of the 2015 Event

Sheet metal processing machines, cutting and forming technologies, pipe and profile processing, joining and fastening solutions, semi-finished sheet metal, pipe and profile products on the one hand and, on the other hand, thermal cutting and processing, thermal and mechanical joining, fastening technologies and processes, automated welding technologies, accessories and operating equipment: all of this together embodies the condensed nomenclature for the portfolio of products and services offered by the two complementary trade fairs, namely Blechexpo and Schweisstec! And thus the two technical events provide absolutely logical synergies for exhibitors and expert visitors alike, because in modern production environments based on Industry 4.0 structures there’s no more room at all for isolated observation – on the contrary, networked thinking and interdisciplinary action are in demand.

Together with the Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology which is intentionally held concurrent to the Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal processing, the event goes full circle for users and covers everything from commercial fabrication right on up to industrial production of parts, modules and complete solutions made of sheet metal, pipe and profiles. This is above all made apparent at the 13th Blechexpo and the 6th Schweisstec, which will be held at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre which is currently being enlarged, from the 7th through the 10th of November, 2017. According to information received from project manager Georg Knauer, it’s already evident “that Blechexpo and Schweisstec 2017 will almost certainly top the record-breaking results obtained in 2015.” This statement makes reference to currently firm-booked exhibition floor space, because many of the returning exhibitors will have larger booths in order to be able to present their companies to the expert visitors from all over the world even better and more impressively.

Blechexpo is profiting from a genuine registration boom. Despite the difficult situation with competition in the upcoming year, Schweisstec is evolving further, step by step, and is benefitting from the persistent trend of being able to offer complete manufacturing solutions to end customers, which in turn necessitates a closed process sequence as an essential prerequisite. Apart from that, even manufacturers of sheet metal processing machines and progressive dies for stamping, forming and joining are now offering complete solutions with more and more integrated functions which, after taking a closer look, can already be seen as closed process sequences in a compact format. Beginning with design engineering, modern sheet metal, pipe and profile processing has long since been demonstrating the frequently invoked Industry 4.0 structures by means of additional functions including programming and machining, as well as downstream joining operations including quality assurance and all automation modules, of which the expert visitors were able to convince themselves on the occasion of the last Blechexpo and Schweisstec.