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Fastener Fair plays solid home game
Fastener Fair returned home for its 12th UK edition on 11 and 12 between sellers and buyers. This year, though, we felt that understanding
June. Over 140 exhibitors occupied more space than ever before. the raw material situation was so crucial, throughout the supply chain
They welcomed just over 1,000 visitors, 75% with purchasing and, particularly onto end-users, that it was appropriate to ask Phil Matten
responsibility for their companies, for the two day event at the Ricoh to hold an open forum each afternoon. I am pleased to say both sessions
Arena, Coventry. were fully attended and led to a lot of more detailed discussions with Phil
“Almost exactly the same number of visitors came as two years ago,” after each presentation.”
says organiser Jerry Ramsdale. “In fact, there were slightly more, which is Another feature of Fastener Fair Coventry was the very high
a remarkable achievement for a mature event that’s been running since proportion of visitors that registered online in advance and received their
1995. It shows that Fastener Fair Coventry is the UK and Irish ticket by post. “We had much higher pre-registrations than ever before,
industry’s key exhibition, and that with the help of our exhibitors we’ve and very few that did pre-register failed to turn up to the show. Everyone
managed to keep things fresh, lively and compelling for visitors.” is far more web aware these days and our advance ticket
Of course, Fastener Fair UK is more than just a show. In the following system ensures no queuing at the door.”
pages we have included many of the new products and innovations that Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, which hosted the Fastener Fair for the second
were featured at Coventry, together with a glimpse of the fun at the time, also got plenty of vocal support. “Feedback from both exhibitors and
Fastener Fair Gala Dinner and an update on the rather more sobering visitors was that the venue, its facilities and location were all ideal for the
situation on raw material costs. show,” he says. “As organisers we were certainly very pleased, and while
“Fastener Fair is very much at the heart of the industry,” says Jerry no show is without the occasional hiccup, the build-up to this one was
Ramsdale. “As it prepares for less settled times, Coventry provided new certainly one of the most straightforward the Fastener Fair team has ever
opportunities for a profitable future as well as the chance for suppliers experienced. No doubt that was thanks to the quality of the venue and, in
and customers to spend important time together comparing notes and no small part, to the solid working relationship we have with our
exploring strategies.” standbuilders, Stanco.”
“We are always very cautious about running seminars or meetings As a result the decision has been made that the next UK Fastener Fair
during show opening hours, in case they detract from contact time will again be staged at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Dates are to be
confirmed but are likely to be in June 2010.
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