World: Global DIY Summit preparing managers for a “Rapidly Changing World”

The 8th Global DIY Summit is taking place in RAI Amsterdam, NL on the 10-12 June 2020.

The event expects to receive over 1,100 delegates from 50 countries to attend the Summit. Where 100+ participants are industry consultants, 550+ are suppliers and manufacturers and 350+ are retailers.

The New Normal: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World is the motto of the 8th Global DIY Summit 2020. Register now to benefit from the Early Bird Rate!

Find out more about the DIY Summit and view the complete program at the DIY Summit Website!


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
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Germany: Light + Building 2020 – the latest topics and 2,700 exhibitors

‘Connecting. Pioneering. Fascinating’. This is the tagline for the upcoming Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main, providing the central theme that runs through this leading world trade fair, to be held on 8-13 March 2020.

All the market leaders have signed up and currently 2,700 exhibitors are anticipated, who will be presenting their world firsts in the fields of lighting, electrical and electronic engineering, home and building automation and security technology.

At this, the world’s largest trade fair for lighting and building services engineering, the industry will be showcasing its intelligent and networked solutions, ground-breaking technologies and up-to-the-minute design trends.

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Find out more about what is on offer at light+building by visiting their website at light+building

U.S.: National Hardware Show celebrates 75th anniversary

The 2020 edition of the National Hardware Show (NHS) marks the 75th anniversary of one of the largest home improvement events in the U.S. Since its inception in 1945, NHS has showcased a range of revolutionary products from manufacturers and brands big and small.

The Show will take place on 5-7 May 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to celebrate our 75th annual NHS!” said Rich Russo, Industry Vice President for the National Hardware Show. “The 2020 Show will certainly be like no other and will provide attendees and exhibitors alike with an experience they will be talking about for years to come.”

Should any EDRA/GHIN Member wish to register for complimentary VIP tickets to the National Hardware Show please contact

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Taiwan: Visitor numbers up 2.7% at Taiwan Hardware Show

The Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) in Taichung has once again increased its number of visitors. The event organisers Kaigo counted 32,375 visits at the latest edition of the trade fair in mid-October 2019, around 2.7% more than in the previous year. The number of overseas visits also rose by around 1.6% to 5,268. The number of exhibitors at 430 also lay slightly over the previous year. The organisers have announced that, as there is a long waiting list, more exhibition space is to be made available in the following years – 16,524 sqm was most recently covered. The show is supported by Taiwan Hand Tools Association. The next Taiwan Hardware Show will take place on 13-15 October 2020, again in Taichung.

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Germany: Ambiente getting set for 7-11 February 2020 in Frankfurt

Ambiente is gearing up for another successful event next year, taking place on 7-11 February 2020 in Frankfurt.

The show is one of the world’s most important consumer goods trade fairs, boasting a globally unrivalled range of products in the Dining, Giving and Living areas. With the latest design trends and innovations, interest in the fair is increasing as the high number of buyers makes Ambiente attractive to even more exhibitors from around the world.

In 2019, 4,460 exhibitors from 92 countries attended the fair. Ambiente is one of the EDRA/GHIN Recommended Global Trade Fairs.

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Germany: Heimtextil gearing up for 7-10 January 2020

Heimtextil is the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, and will next be held in Frankfurt am Main on 7-10 January 2020. The first trade fair of the year for its sector, it is a climate and trend barometer for the new business year. Heimtextil is the season opener for new trends and textile innovations. Here, you can find everything in one place: interior textiles, interior design and interior trends.

EDRA/GHIN Members who would like complimentary VIP tickets to attend Heimtextil should contact

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World: Newly Published Global Home Improvement Report 2019

The 2019 edition of the EDRA/GHIN & fediyma Global Home Improvement Report 2019 has just been published. Containing detailed statistics for the Global home improvement market this report is a must-read for any parties with an interest in the market. The report can be purchased for €890.

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In 2018, the DIY/home improvement world market turnover reached €594 bn, an increase of 1,1% compared to last year. North America and Europe combined represent approximately 87% of this market, although their joint population accounts for only 17% of the world population. The DIY markets of these two continents total €516 bn. North America and Europe reach 58% and 29% of the world market respectively. The United States of America had the highest average DIY expenditure per capita in 2018 at €932. Approximately 81% of the Global DIY market (€482 bn) is concentrated in only 8 countries: U.S., Germany, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Italy. Moreover, the three major DIY countries in Europe (Germany, France and United Kingdom) represent 50% of the continent’s market. The top 10 major DIY retailers worldwide are: Home Depot (U.S.), Lowe’s (U.S.), ADEO (France), Kingfisher (UK), Menards (U.S.), Bunnings (Australia), OBI (Germany), Bauhaus (Germany), Sodimac (Chile) and Ace Hardware (U.S.). Home Depot and Lowe’s account for 25% of the global market share. More detailed information is contained in the new edition of the “Global Home Improvement Report 2019”.

World: Delegates delighted with 7th Global DIY Summit 2019

At the end of the 7th Global DIY Summit, the delegates, using a voting tool, gave this event an overwhelming 72% as ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’ with a further 23% rating the event as ‘good’. Approximately 1,000 delegates from 55 countries attended the congress, which included over 300 of the top retailers in our sector from around the world.

Due to the highly multicultural audience attending the Summit this year, the Voting Tool produced some very interesting results. Our audience was predominantly male, at 82% of the total number of delegates. This year over 30% of the audience were retailers, whilst suppliers are still the largest share among the different types of attendees: approximately 60% of the delegates were manufacturers.

Moreover, companies not necessarily working in the industry or, at least, not 100% related to it (for example: consultant firms, trade fair organisations, universities, etc.) also showed a growing participation, at 10% of the total.

Regarding the expectations our delegates have for their business growth for this year compared to last year, 21% are very optimistic as they estimate it will be better than 10%; around 37% of the audience was more cautious, only forecasting growth of up to 4%.

It was most encouraging for us as organisers that the delegates using the Voting Tool labelled our congress to be a world-class event. The next Global DIY Summit will be held in Amsterdam on 10-12 June 2020. Over 58% of delegates have already confirmed their participation in next year’s Summit.

Kick-off of the 7th Global DIY Summit 2019 in Dublin

On Wednesday 5 June, delegates were given the opportunity to attend a Store Tour of Dublin and the surrounding area. Visiting some exceptionally well-managed outlets, delegates were thrilled to learn how stores such as B&Q, Homebase and Woodie’s, as well as the family-managed stores TileStyle, T J O’Mahony & Sons Limited and Grange Builders Providers HomeValue Hardware, were adapting to satisfy their customers’ needs. In total 330 delegates took part in the store tour, consisting of 6 buses visiting 6 DIY stores of top quality.

Two workshops, focused on maintaining brand awareness and remaining relevant in times of disruption, gave delegates the chance to work in an interactive atmosphere. These workshops, run by USP Marketing Consultancy and EIMIA, were a success with all attendees coming away with insights into how to run their businesses.

The Global DIY Summit kicked-off with a Get Together at the number one tourist attraction in Ireland; the Guinness Store House. Detailing the history of the world-renowned drink, delegates were presented with an excellent networking event to start the Summit.

DIY EVOLUTION – Designing the Future Together

This year’s motto was “DIY EVOLUTION – Designing the Future Together”. The speakers gave outstanding presentations on innovation, digital platforms as new business models worldwide, how to prepare your team to embrace digital transformation, Asia as a new innovation leader worldwide, political and economic forecasts, DIY logistics and a global overview of home improvement stores around the world. The general perception of the global economy was positive, and most of the speakers forecast more innovation and growth within the next few years.

On the first day, Alexander Börsch (Deloitte) presented a Global Economic and Political Overview and highlighted the risks and advantages within the era of the Trump Presidency, Brexit and other challenges worldwide. The high expectations for the presentation from the President and CEO of Ace Hardware, John Venhuizen, were fulfilled with his impressive keynote; “The Heart of a Leader”. The presentations from Barbara Kahn (The Wharton School) and Nancy Rademaker (nexxworks) were particular highlights of the first day, along with the Panel Discussion, moderated by Steve Collinge (Insight Retail Group), where top industry leaders from our sector (Sergio Giroldi [OBI], Hartmut Jenner [Alfred Kärcher], Erwin van Osta [Hubo] and Vincent Legros [Bostik]) exchanged views on why innovation really matters to survive and prosper in this era of disruption.

The second day also saw very interesting presentations, focusing on the growth of Asia as the centre of many technological innovations worldwide including the keynote from Alibaba’s Category Group Leader, Andreas Kerschner. According to our audience, one of the highlights of the Summit was China Evangelist, Pascal Coppens, who delighted all delegates with his presentation; “China’s New Normal”.

As in previous years, facts and figures on new growth markets from around the globe were presented by international companies such as mdj2, CTC Petrovich and Lixil Viva Corporation.

This year’s farewell speech was given by Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director at Portland Design, who talked about the future of retail and the new metrics of winning. Our audience found his speech to be one of the highlights of the event.

In the final wrap-up, both Chairmen of the Global DIY Summit, John W. Herbert (EDRA/GHIN) and Ralf Rahmede (fediyma), agreed that this had been a most interesting, informative and successful event, having received very positive feedback.

At the end of the event, Victoria Neuhofer, Projects and Sales Director at FN Neuhofer Holz, was presented as the winner of the first edition of the Global DIY Influencer Award.

The General Manager of the Global DIY Summit, Iñaki Maillard, said: “It is all about our delegates. We just give them the space for networking and the technological tools to interact, but all the rest is done by them. This event was a success because of all delegates who joined us in Dublin and we, as organisers, are fully committed to them for future editions of the event.”

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World: Countdown for the 2019 edition of the Global DIY Summit

Only 49 days left… until the Global DIY Summit taking place on 6-7 June in Dublin. The 2019 congress offers an outstanding program with eminent speakers addressing current major issues affecting our industry. Top retailers and suppliers from over 50 countries are flocking to Dublin to take part in this mega-networking event. Keep informed… save your place for the world’s best home improvement networking event in one of Europe’s most modern, friendly and popular cities!