KARLSRUHE, Germany — Exhibitors and visitors alike were highly satisfied with PaintExpo in Karlsruhe, Germany, as it came to an end on April 29, 2022. There was excitement in the air on all four days as the trade fair finally took place again after a break of four years due to the pandemic. Around 430 exhibitors from 27 countries presented groundbreaking innovations and intelligent future technologies at the trade fair for industrial coating technology. A particular focus was placed on automation, digitalization and improving efficiency, as well as on sustainability. As a global industry showcase, the event welcomed 9,180 trade visitors from 57 countries. 

"We are very satisfied with the huge response PaintExpo has received from both national and international exhibitors and visitors. Our exhibitors have made this event into a global showcase of industrial coating technology with their attractive stands and their innovations and services," said Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe. Now that Leipziger Messe has taken over PaintExpo, this was a very successful kick-off edition. Geisenberger continued, "The benchmark is set for coming events. PaintExpo is very well positioned in Karlsruhe and we intend to further develop it in the long-term."

Products and services on show at PaintExpo covered the full scope of industrial coating. The spectrum ranged from surface treatment concepts, coatings and spraying lines, powders and the relevant powder coating lines, to final quality assurance. From wet coating and powder coating to coil coating, this unique global showcase for industrial coating technology brought together coating solutions for all industries, applications and materials. "This concept ensures the trade fair remains the pivotal platform for all projects involving industrial coating. Whatever project you are working on, here, you can meet all the necessary manufacturers and service providers in one place and in a short space of time," said Ivonne Simons, the Project Director of PaintExpo. "Trade fair participants made use of precisely this opportunity. On the stands, new business partnerships were formed, partners discussed new projects and even contracts were signed."

According to a survey, around 88% of visitors have a significant influence on investment decisions in their companies. Over 90% are planning to come back to the next edition of PaintExpo. The proportion of international visitors was also very high. One in three guests travelled to Leipzig from abroad. Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria and Poland were the countries with the most trade visitors alongside Germany. A questionnaire for exhibitors also returned positive results. 95% of the exhibitors praised the high quality of business contacts and the professional credentials of the visitors. 94% of exhibitors reported that the trade fair had been a success. 

The dates for the next edition of PaintExpo in 2024 are already set. The world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place from 9 to 12 April 9-12, 2024, at the same venue in Karlsruhe, Germany. Learn more at www.paintexpo.de