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2020-07-01
Platformers’ Days postponed
Managing Director Britta Wirtz:
Managing Director Britta Wirtz: "We have been forced to postpone the event." Photo: Jürgen Rösner

The organiser of Platformers’ Days, Messe Karlsruhe, has been forced to postpone the trade fair to 2021 due to official coronavirus regulations. The industry event for mobile lifting and powered access equipment was due to take place on 18 and 19 September 2020. It will instead debut at its new home in Karlsruhe on 10 and 11 September 2021. The new coronavirus regulation of the Baden-Württemberg state government that comes into force on 1 July 2020 prohibits events with more than 500 people until 31 October 2020. This therefore removes the legal basis on which Platformers’ Days could have taken place on the original dates.

Despite all of the uncertainties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the initial signs were promising and raised hopes that Platformers’ Days could go ahead as planned. The event was due to take place largely outdoors, with visitors evenly spread out. The organisers had also developed a smart and comprehensive safety and hygiene plan and presented it to the relevant authorities.

Britta Wirtz, CEO of Messe Karlsruhe: “We at Messe Karlsruhe could not afford to wait for coronavirus regulations allowing trade fairs with several thousand visitors to take place so that Platformers’ Days could go ahead in September. We have therefore sadly been forced to postpone the event. We had hoped that the state government would back our plan and give us the peace of mind we needed, but those hopes have been dashed.”

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the exhibitors, partners and staff who have supported us on this long journey,” adds Olivia Kollmer, project manager of Platformers’ Days. Despite the sadness of the postponement, she is looking forward to next year’s event: “We have received many excellent ideas from the industry, which we can now combine with our own expertise to ensure a successful trade fair next autumn. We can’t wait.”

2020-04-07
Platformers’ Days to go ahead as planned in September

Platformers’ Days, the trade fair for mobile lifting and powered access equipment, is due to take place as planned in September 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. “We are of course watching the development of the coronavirus pandemic closely. Our current assumption, however, is that Platformers’ Days will go ahead as planned on 18 and 19 September”, explains Britta Wirtz, CEO of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The leading event in the industry is set to take place in Karlsruhe for the first time.

Exhibitors follow Platformers’ Days to new venue

Exhibitors have reacted very positively to the new venue. Over 100 companies with around 200 brands are due to showcase the full range of mobile lifting and powered access equipment across 25,000 square metres of exhibition space.

Platformers’ Days offers industry visitors an excellent opportunity to compare the various systems and machinery on show, with exhibitors from Germany and beyond set to present products and solutions from this fast-growing sector. Among the market players taking part are big names like Genie, Haulotte, JLG, Liebherr, Manitou, Oil & Steel, Palfinger, Skyjack, Teupen and Ruthmann.

Exhibition space expanded due to strong demand

The majority of exhibitors have chosen larger stand spaces on which they can showcase a wider range of products, including those with alternative drives. Due to high demand, the project team has added the Atrium to the available outdoor exhibition space. The trade fair is therefore continuing its focus on the outdoor area, with its total exhibition space of 23,000 square metres (91% of the total), along with comfortable rest areas and wide aisles. Another 2,000 square metres of space are available in the indoor hall areas, offering exhibitors more options for presenting their products and solutions.

Platformers’ Days is all about live demonstrations of systems, machinery and vehicles. The exhibition grounds in Karlsruhe provide the perfect conditions for this, with live demonstrations possible on every surface. Exhibitors also value the newly created special theme areas, which offer more options for presenting equipment and machinery. They are also a must-see for visitors, especially decision makers looking to experience the products live in action.

Industry event with family feel perfect for networking

Industry visitors are certain to find the solutions they are looking for at Platformers’ Days. The trade fair is particularly popular among leasers of lifting and powered access equipment. Their customers in sectors like facility management and cleaning, gardening and landscaping, glass and facade engineering, crane and heavy-load handling, use the event to find out about the latest developments and products for each application. At its new venue, Platformers’ Days 2020 will also offer the ideal environment for networking. The evening events present the perfect opportunity for relaxed discussions. With its family feel, the industry’s leading trade fair invites visitors to share knowledge, expertise and experience in a laid-back atmosphere.

2019-09-13
Previewing Platformers’ Days 2020 – a new home for an exciting event
Olivia Kollmer, project manager for Platformers’ Days unveiled the final site plan and exhibitor numbers, with 120 exhibitors expected to present their products and services across 9,300 square metres of exhibition space. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Olivia Kollmer, project manager for Platformers’ Days unveiled the final site plan and exhibitor numbers, with 120 exhibitors expected to present their products and services across 9,300 square metres of exhibition space. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

The Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre unveiled the final site plan and exhibitor numbers, with 120 exhibitors expected to present their products and services across 9,300 square metres of exhibition space. With a year to go before the trade fair is held at the new venue on 18 and 19 September 2020, around 40 per cent of the expected exhibitors have already reserved their places.

Due to high demand, the project team has added the Atrium to the available stand space, adding another 1,000 square metres for presenting mobile lifting and powered access equipment. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Due to high demand, the project team has added the Atrium to the available stand space, adding another 1,000 square metres for presenting mobile lifting and powered access equipment. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Preview of next event in Karlsruhe

The event had outgrown its previous venue in Hohenroda near Frankfurt, which was bursting at the seams in terms of infrastructure, hotel capacity and presentation options. The move to Karlsruhe gives Platformers’ Days more room to develop. In her preview of the coming event, Olivia Kollmer, project manager for Platformers’ Days, emphasised: “We want to maintain the family feel of this industry meet-up, while taking the opportunity to develop it further. Karlsruhe offers the best conditions for this”.

The asphalt-covered outdoor exhibition space makes it easy for exhibitors to showcase and demonstrate their products. New special theme areas offer exhibitors additional presentation options, while allowing visitors to watch and compare the machines in action. Many of the exhibitors took the opportunity to see the spaces they had reserved. Alexandra Schawohl from Ruthmann confirmed: “We spent part of our time here looking at the exhibition grounds. Coupled with the anniversary event, we think we made the right decision to exhibit at Platformers’ Days and are already looking forward to the fair”.

Other major players in the industry, including the likes of Genie, JLG, Magni, Manitou and Merlo, have also marked Platformers’ Days 2020 in their diaries. Due to high demand, the project team has added the Atrium to the available stand space, adding another 1,000 square metres for presenting mobile lifting and powered access equipment. This means that Platformers’ Days in Karlsruhe will have a total of 9,300 square meters of exhibition space. The vast majority of this will be across the outdoor area and Atrium, with the trade fair centre’s Event Hall providing an additional 300 square metres for stands.

A networking evening provided the opportunity to look back on the last 20 years and look forward excitedly to the future in Karlsruhe. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
A networking evening provided the opportunity to look back on the last 20 years and look forward excitedly to the future in Karlsruhe. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Looking back at 20 years of Platformers’ Days

The first Platformers’ Days was held from 17 to 19 June 1999 in the town of Hohenroda near Frankfurt. Oliwer Sven Dahms, who co-founded the event and is now responsible for sales, looked back over its successful 20-year history. He thanked the manufacturers and exhibitors to whom the event is so important for their loyalty and the strong working relationship. “It’s been a lot of fun turning Platformers’ Days from a small event to the most important trade fair in the industry. Taking the event forward with a new venue was the next logical step. Just as children grow up and leave their parents’ home, Platformers’ Days is flying the nest and looking forward to a new chapter”.

Demonstration focus popular among both visitors and exhibitors

A tour of the open-air exhibition area of the RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE trade fairs showed that the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre knows how to host exhibitions that focus on demonstration. Approximately 8,500 visitors from the recycling and civil engineering sectors were able to witness the efficiency and performance of around 1,500 machines and systems on show across live demonstrations and special theme areas. Guests to the anniversary event used the tour to get to know the new venue, while a networking evening provided the opportunity to look back on the last 20 years and look forward excitedly to the future in Karlsruhe. The special show for powered access equipment taking place as part of the twin trade fair also gave a taste of what Platformers’ Days will have to offer. A total of 14 manufacturers and dealers showcased 16 vehicles and machines in the Atrium. Dr Peter Neven, a trade fair expert and CEO of AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, delivered a keynote speech at the celebration and supports the demonstration focus of both Platformers’ Days and RecyclingAKTIV/TiefbauLIVE: “This format is good for both visitors and exhibitors. The Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre definitely has its finger on the pulse of the market”.

The anniversary event and preview made one thing clear above all: manufacturers and leasers of mobile lifting and powered access equipment value Platformers’ Days as the most important event for the sector in the region. Its demonstration format and professional organisation, coupled with the new venue’s excellent transport connections and large outdoor exhibition space, wowed leasers, dealers, manufacturers and users alike.

About Platformers’ Days

Platformers’ Days is the leading trade fair for mobile lifting and powered access equipment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Exhibitors showcase products ranging from cranes, work platforms, lifting equipment and forklifts to components, transport and services for systems and machinery. Visitors can watch and compare these live and up close. The number of visitors and exhibitors has grown ever since the event was first held in 1999. Back then, around 100 exhibitors and over 250 brands presented their products and services on around 10,000 square metres of exhibition space. Over 2,000 industry visitors from around the world took the opportunity to find out about mobile lifting and movement on the grounds of the Hotelpark Hohenroda near Frankfurt. In 2019, the event switched to a new organiser and a new location in Karlsruhe in south-west Germany. Previous organiser Vertikal EVENTS will collaborate with the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre in future to develop the exhibition.

2018-10-29
Platformers’ Days in Karlsruhe from 2020
Platformers’ Days is the leading trade fair for lifting and powered access equipment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Platformers’ Days is the leading trade fair for lifting and powered access equipment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

The change of venue is the result of the collaboration between the event’s previous organiser Vertikal EVENTS and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK).

Britta Wirtz, CEO of KMK, welcomes the latest addition to the calendar: “After hosting RecyclingAKTIV, TiefbauLIVE and NUFAM, we have plenty of experience in trade fairs with a focus on demonstration. We are therefore confident that this experience will help us make Platformers’ Days successful at its new home. Given our focus on commercial vehicles and construction, it is also the perfect addition to our portfolio of events. Vertikal EVENTS will remain the point of contact for customers while aiding us in the strategic focus of the event”.

Oliwer Sven Dahms, owner of Vertikal EVENTS, has high hopes for the future partnership: “As co-founder of Platformers’ Days, it is very important to me that the event continues to evolve successfully. I’m sure that the collaboration with the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will see it go from strength to strength. Karlsruhe is the perfect venue for Platformers’ Days. I am looking forward to the cooperation”. Dahms will work together with the project team from the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre to transfer the event to the new venue, improve processes such as logistics and visitor management, and develop the event.

Bursting at the seams

In discussions after the last Platformers’ Days, held in September 2018 in Hohenroda near Frankfurt, exhibitors supported the move to the new venue in Karlsruhe. “In Hohenroda, the event was bursting at the seams,” explains Dahms, “The move to Karlsruhe will let us offer exhibitors the greater stand space that they have been asking for and provide better service to visitors and exhibitors alike”. Britta Wirtz adds: “We at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre have the ideas and capacity to make the event a success, along with modern, bright event halls and a large outdoor exhibition area. Our combination of outstanding infrastructure and comprehensive logistics services is ideal for open-air trade fairs like Platformers’ Days that focus on demonstration”.

Excellent infrastructure and accommodation

Karlsruhe is one of the main economic centres in south-west Germany, with excellent transport infrastructure. Visitors arriving to the main station by high-speed rail can reach the trade fair centre via train or shuttle connection. Baden-Baden airport is nearby and there is an hourly high-speed rail service to Frankfurt international airport. The trade fair centre is also located right next to the A5 and A8 autobahns. These excellent connections are ideal for both visitors and exhibitors. Alongside its excellent transport connections, Karlsruhe offers a growing selection of accommodation options, ranging from guesthouses to 5-star hotels.

About Platformers’ Days

Platformers’ Days is the leading trade fair for lifting and powered access equipment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The number of visitors and exhibitors has grown ever since the event was first held in 1999. Back then, around 100 exhibitors and over 250 brands presented their products and services on around 10,000 square metres of exhibition space. Over 2,000 industry visitors from around the world took the opportunity to find out about mobile lifting and movement on the grounds of the Hotelpark Hohenroda.

The next Platformers’ Days will take place on 18 and 19 September at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

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