New key topics, new exhibitors: the countdown to the International Suppliers Fair (IZB), which will take place in Wolfsburg from 11th to 13th October with a changed concept and nearly fully booked exhibition area, has now begun! Over 800 exhibitors from 36 different countries have signed up to showcase their products and services at the trade fair for the automotive supplier industry. This year’s event will feature an increased number of exhibitors from the software and IT industry. Their interest in the IZB demonstrates the importance of the key topics of the trade fair: Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, Cyber Security, Electrification, E-mobility, Production 4.0 and Software. The companies exhibiting at the event will present their products and innovations in an exhibition area covering a total of around 38,000 square metres in six halls.
“Digitalisation, electrification and autonomous driving are constantly developing and are still the expert topics that define the industry. They are changing the product itself and also have an impact on the manufacturing processes and supply chains behind it. With its impressive reputation as a specialist trade fair for companies in the automotive supplier industry throughout Europe, the IZB focuses on this transformation. The interest in the event and the number of registrations received show how strong and future-oriented the industry really is,” declares Wendelin Göbel, Spokesman of the Board of the IZB organiser, the company Wolfsburg AG.
The restart of the IZB as an in-person trade fair this year has also led to several changes in the concept behind the event. In addition to its new focuses, the organiser also plans to establish a digital platform for broadcasting live formats. These formats range from trend talks and pitches to keynote speeches with industry experts participating via virtual channels. The contents will be streamed live and made available online after the event. In Hall 1, the new IZB Software Marketplace will provide a stage for exhibitors in this segment and offer a variety of communication opportunities.
“As vehicles become increasingly networked, it is important to consider the fact that, for example, innovation cycles in the field of software in the value chain are becoming shorter and shorter. When it comes to this and, indeed, all new developments, personal dialogue between all parties involved is essential in order to establish procurement and manufacturing processes with long-term success. This is precisely what our new formats aim to facilitate,” explains Josef Schulze Sutthoff, Head of the IZB.
The day before the trade fair, the Automotive Supplier Summit hosted by IPM AG will also take place as a hybrid event at the CongressPark Wolfsburg. This management conference addresses the challenges facing the automotive and supplier industries in the future.
This year’s IZB will continue to explore the entire value chain of “the vehicle” as a product that is developing into a networked end device. The quality of each individual vehicle part and reliable cooperation with hardware and software suppliers help to guarantee the innovation, safety and sustainability of the end product. “In the long run, the industry needs to find promising approaches for the successful integration of the new components, which sometimes does not occur until after the end product has been delivered, for example in the case of individual software applications. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time,” states Josef Schulze Sutthoff.
The largest exhibitor categories at the IZB 2022 are Electronics & Connectivity, Metal and Powertrain, as well as Chemical Products and Plastics. Around 40 percent of all exhibitors come from locations outside of Germany, with Italy and Spain boasting the largest numbers of representatives. Exhibitors from Australia will also present their services and products at the IZB for the first time.
Some of the companies that make up Autoparts from Spain, such as Grupo Antolin, Gestamp, RPK and Azpiaran, will also be present at the IZB Wolfsburg 2022 international suppliers' fair. In addition, if you would like to have a personal meeting with them, you can schedule an interview with the Autoparts from Spain companies present at IZB Wolfsburg 2022. All you have to do is access this website and arrange a meeting with the companies you wish to meet using the form provided.
Presence at international events not only boosts brand positioning, but also market diversification. One example is the outstanding participation of Autoparts from Spain in Automechanika Dubai, one of the most important trade fairs in the international automotive industry. This participation positions the initiative as a benchmark of excellence in the global automotive industry and promotes the image of Spain as a country with a high quality and reliable automotive industry.
Between January and April 2023 exports of Spanish automotive components and equipment reached €9,028 million which is a +26.2%, inter-annual growth rate, which reflects the dynamism shown by the sector’s sales abroad.
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