Interlift 2022, read the Elevatori Magazine report
Interlift 2022, the Elevatori Magazine report
350 exhibitors and 11,800 trade visitors from 87 countries: these are the attendance figures for Interlift 2022, the first edition of the international event in Augsburg after the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade fair had been initially scheduled for October 2021, but it was postponed to the spring due to the pandemic.
Regarding the decision to organise Interlift this year, Henning Könicke (Managing Director of AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH) during the closing press conference said: “It was a very hard-fought decision, we had doubts about whether we should hold the fair this year or wait until the 2023 edition. We are absolutely thankful to all exhibitors and visitors of Interlift 2022”.
The organisers’ understandable uncertainty was evident in the challenging management of the spaces, which in this edition required a complex modular redefinition of the stands in relation to the exhibition area.
In order to analyse the feedback received from exhibitors and visitors, Gelszus Trade Fair Market Research conducted a survey, the results of which were released by the organisers. Könicke, talking about the expectations regarding the trade fair attendance on the eve of the event and the numbers actually achieved during the four days of Interlift, said: “We expected 50% of the visitors of the previous edition, the 2019 edition (usually the average number of visitors is about 20,000). Expectations were met and, when looking at the type of visitors present, around 70% of them were decision makers”.
See below pictures of Interlift 2022, divided by halls (Halls 1, 2, 3, 5, 7).
Interlift 2022, photos from the fair – Hall 1
Interlift 2022, photos from the fair – Hall 2
Interlift 2022, photos from the fair – Hall 3
Interlift 2022, photos from the fair – Hall 5
Interlift 2022, photos from the fair – Hall 7
Interlift 2022, the day-by-day chronicle
The fourth day
The fourth and final day of Interlift 2022 has come to a close.
During the morning, the closing press conference of the fair was held, where the organizers pulled the strings of the 2022 event. Regarding the decision to have the Interlift in 2022, Henning Konicke (Afag) said, “It was a very hard-fought decision, we had doubts about doing it or not.” Regarding the expectations on the fair attendance, Henning Konicke said, “We expected 50% of the visitors of the previous edition, the 2019 edition (usually the average visitors at Interlift is 20,000 people). Expectations were met and in particular looking at the type of visitors present, 70% of them were decision makers.”
In the 2022 edition of Interlift, innovations have been introduced compared to the past. “For the first time – explained Henning Konicke – we have organized a ‘rebooking area’: a space where, already during the fair, it was possible to book the stand for 2023 with reduced conditions and price. The initiative has already reached more than 100 adhesions, also from some of the companies that have decided not to participate in the 2022 edition. This offer will be valid until the end of May 2022”.
During the closing press conference the names of the newly appointed Board of Directors of the VFA-Interlift were announced. They are: Achim Hütter (President), Michael Gubisch (Vice President), Dr. Stephan Rohr (Treasurer), Tim Ebeling (Board Member), Andreas Hönnige (Board Member), Hans Martin Lutz (Board Member), Rudolf Ramseier (Board Member), Peter Zeitler (Board Member).
Exhibitor reservations are already open for the next Interlift, which will be held as usual in Augsburg in October 2023, precisely from the 17th to the 20th.
The third day
The third day of Interlift 2022, the elevator industry trade show taking place in Augsburg, Germany, April 26-29, 2022, has opened.
A morning full of interesting speeches in the space dedicated to the VFA Forum.
At 10.30 a.m., Jonas Conrady (TÜV SÜD Industrie Service) will speak on “Brexit Effects for the Lift Industry and First Experiences from the Perspective of a Notified Body”, a topic on which the author has also published an article in Elevatori Magazine (click here to read more).
At 11 a.m., Achim Hütter (VFA-Interlift) will speak about the German elevator market in his keynote address entitled: “The German Elevator Market”.
The second day
The second day of Interlift 2022, the elevator industry exhibition taking place in Augsburg, Germany, from April 26 to 29, 2022, has come to an end.
At 11 a.m., during the busy program of the VFA Forum, Carsten Henriksen (Chairman Codes & Standards Committee Ela) and Luca Pezzini (General Secretary, ELA European Lift Association) took the floor with a speech entitled: “The new Machinery Products Regulation and its impact on the Lift Industry”. The following speech, entitled “Improving lift safety of existing lifts”, was given by Willem G. Kasteleijn (LiftInstituut). Many other lectures are scheduled today. Here is the complete program.
The first day
The first day saw the inauguration of the fair during the morning (here the article) and, in the afternoon, the first session of the VFA Forum, opened this year by a speech signed Elevatori Magazine, that of Luca Borgonovo: read the article here.