Industry News: Congratulations Go Out to John W. Herbert from Around the World on his 80th Birthday.

Congratulations to John W. Herbert, literally from all over the world: the general secretary of the international DIY trade association EDRA/GHIN celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday 18 April 2021.

Due to the pandemic he moved the planned celebration to the Internet without further ado. Well-wishers praised his human attentiveness especially, his modest demeanour and, not least, his British sense of humour – qualities which support his, according to many, greatest talent: bringing people together and establishing networks.

John W. Herbert is one of the influential personalities of the international home improvement industry. The foundation of EDRA in the year 2004 stems from his initiative: the European DIY Retail Association, which he has since led as general secretary from his office in Cologne, and which was later extended by the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN).

In this function he has had the opportunity to visit 53 countries with over 400 trips since he co-founded the association in 2002. He takes these opportunities to keep in contact with the 215 members of EDRA/GHIN who operate more than 32 000 stores in 75 countries worldwide and generate a total annual turnover of about EUR 320 bn.

John W. Herbert is a firm believer and lives out his personal credo in every respect: “Trade is the indispensable will to serve, trade is a matter of the heart.” He sees this as an essential prerequisite for success in trade. Those who have had the pleasure of crossing paths with John W. Herbert particularly appreciate his expertise, his knowledge of human nature, his uncomplicated, open willingness to talk and, of course, his dry English humour. Unmatched is his amazing memory for names and numbers. His vast experience, his professional know-how and his human qualities make John a sought-after and valued representative and moderator for the DIY industry worldwide.

However, the lively, healthy living and sporty John W. Herbert is not yet thinking of cutting back or even quitting, according to the official press release of the association. As a world traveller in the field of DIY, he is still in “cracking form” to continue representing the interests of the industry worldwide, on the international stage with maximum and relentless energy, and to cultivate professional connections for the benefit of the EDRA/GHIN members.

Germany: Spoga+Gafa Suspended for 2020 and Switches to New Date from 30 May to 1 June 2021

With the entire area almost fully booked by the spring of 2020, and thus outstanding registration levels for spoga+gafa, the trade fair situation increasingly came to reflect the current developments around Covid-19 and the economic situation.

For this reason, the spoga+gafa team reassessed the overall situation together with the Advisory Board and decided that it was best to respond to the cancellations and wishes of a large number of industry exhibitors and visitors by suspending spoga+gafa 2020.

At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse have also permanently moved the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden lifestyle trade fair in the world will be held at a time more convenient for orders by large segments of the industry. In 2021, spoga+gafa will take place from 30 May to 1 June.

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Germany: Support for Spoga+Gafa 2020 encouraging

“We are working together with the garden sector to prepare ourselves for a new normal in daily life. We are underscoring this shared conviction under the hashtag #gardenbackstronger,” Koelnmesse says. The management of Koelnmesse has issued a further statement to exhibitors and visitors to the Spoga+Gafa show. In the statement, business division director Catja Caspary and Stefan Lohrberg, director of Spoga+Gafa, confirm: “As delighted as we are that most of the comments we’ve been getting from exhibitors and visitors have been confirmatory, we take their concerns very seriously, especially the uncertainty felt by our partners from overseas.” The feedback has encouraged the trade show management team to make the decision to let Spoga+Gafa go ahead on 6-8 September 2020 in Cologne.

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Germany: Hardware industry gathering in Cologne

In addition to the unique depth and range of products provided by exhibitors, a first-class event programme awaits trade visitors when the EISENWARENMESSE opens its doors on 1-4 March 2020 in Cologne. The EISENWARENMESSE is a synonym for innovation and new products, which can be seen in the special events during the show. For example, The DIY Boulevard gives exhibitors the opportunity to present their products and innovations in an authentic POS environment. With 62 participating companies from the construction, home and garden industry and an area extended to 300 metres, the Boulevard in Hall 11.1 is unmissable.

For the first time EDRA/GHIN will also have a stand at the EISENWARENMESSE, located on the boulevard between Halls 10 and 11.

Any EDRA/GHIN Member who hasn’t received their complimentary VIP ticket to the EISENWARENMESSE please contact info@edra-ghin.org.

Germany: Cologne preparing for 2020 edition of the International Hardware Fair

On 1-4 March 2020 Cologne will once again be the meeting point for the entire international hardware industry.
For four days around 2,800 suppliers from more than 55 countries will present tools, products from the industrial supply, fasteners and fixings, fittings and various other home improvement segments to the international visitors.
The product offering will also be complemented with an extensive and diverse event programme. According to Catja Caspary, Vice President Koelnmesse GmbH, the EISENWARENMESSE “is the optimal meeting point for the buyers and decision-makers of the industry.”
EDRA/GHIN Members who wish to register for complimentary VIP tickets to the EISENWARENMESSE please contact info@edra-ghin.org.
See what is on offer at: www.eisenwarenmesse.com/

Germany: International Hardware Fair preparing for 1-4 March 2020

On 1-4 March 2020 the most important decision-makers, manufacturers and trade visitors from all over the world will meet up in the exhibition halls of Koelnmesse to experience pioneering innovations and the most exciting trends, establish contacts and do the biggest business of the year. In 2018 the biannual International Hardware Fair hosted 2,770 exhibitors from 58 countries and over 47,000 trade visitors from 143 countries. The offer ranges from tools, to fasteners, fixings and fittings, through to industrial and home improvement supplies, over 144,000 sqm of exhibition space. The International Hardware Fair is one of the EDRA/GHIN Recommended Global Trade Fairs.

Find out more at: www.eisenwarenmesse.com

Germany: Spoga+gafa 1-3 September 2019

Even more international, even more diversified, even more visitors: year after year spoga+gafa impressively demonstrates its standing as the largest garden trade fair in the world.

Cologne is the place-to-be for everyone who wants to make something happen in the garden. Anyone who wants to experience the garden in all its facets, meet the top players of the global green industry, present innovations and be inspired by fresh ideas from all over the world of plants, garden furniture and grill equipment, will find everything for growing garden businesses in one go at spoga+gafa on 1-3 September 2019 in Cologne.

EDRA/GHIN Members receive complimentary VIP Tickets for spoga+gafa, please contact info@edra-ghin.org for more information.

Read more at: www.spogagafa.com

Germany: Spoga+gafa gearing up for 2019 edition

Spoga+gafa, the number one trade fair worldwide among garden fairs, is taking place in Cologne, Germany, on 1-3 September 2019. This event is where the global industry demonstrates the state of affairs and the big names as well as exciting newcomers present the highlights of the current season. Over 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world begin their success stories, set trends and trigger off the decisive developments of the coming months at spoga+gafa. The trade fair is the place-to-be and a clear must-attend event for all those who want to celebrate success in the garden industry.

 

For more information please visit: www.spogagafa.com