Industrial attraction in Bilbao

03 Jul 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

+Industry, the group of seven events in Bilbao that included contract manufacturing show Subcontratación, attracted over 19,500 visitors

The trade shows which also included Industry Tools by Ferroforma, Addit3D, Fitmaq, Pumps&Valves, Maintenance and BeDigital were held from 4 to 6 June.

Vistors came for 72 countries with 6% of the total being international guests from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Algeria, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, among others, as well as some more distant countries like China, India, Iran, Russia, Egypt, Canada, South Africa and Singapore.

At a national level 49% came from outside the Basque Autonomous Community. On this occasion, the largest inflow came from Catalunya, Madrid, the Valencian Community, Castilla-León, Navarre, Cantabria and Asturias.

This year, +Industry saw a strong response from exhibitors and visitors to the technical workshops programme, live demos, the Speakers' Corner and the scheduled B2B meetings. These involved more than a hundred speakers, with attendance rates that have surpassed the highest expectations. They tackled different aspects relating to Industry 4.0. through products and services in the manufacturing processes and industrial supplies.

The B2B meetings scheduled in Industry Tools by Ferroforma, Subcontratación, Pumps& Valves and Maintenance involved more than 250 purchasers , with around 2,000 interviews taking place over the three days of the event.

In general, the exhibitors acknowledged that their expectations were met, with the sheer volume of visitors welcomed and, above all, the number of contacts that were obtained during their time at +Industry.

At the opening ceremony, chaired by Arantxa Tapia, Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government, she pointed out the significance of this event, directly linking it with "the European industry that is immersed in a process of intense transformation". "Our competitiveness is facing challenges linked to infrastructures, energy and talent, and to the strengthening of collaboration between companies to transcend borders”, she added.

Overall +Industry had an economic impact on the Basque Country of 21.1 million euros in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).