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The Milan hardware show closes the 2019 edition with a positive result, the participation of wholesalers and retailers is growing, confirming the leading role of the event.  

The fifth edition of Hardware Forum Italy, the hardware exhibition and conference event, organised by Koelnmesse, which takes place in partnership with Bricoday, the event dedicated to the world of DIY, has come to an end. A successful collaboration that offered visitors a unique platform in the DIY and hardware sectors on the 25th and 26th of September at Mi.Co Fieramilanocity. The partnership with That's Mobility, the event on the same dates dedicated to electric mobility powered by Reed Exhibitions, was positive as well. 

The 2019 edition was characterised by the high quality of exhibitors, which represented all sectors of the hardware market - from tools to construction, from safety to gardening, as well as the world of color. Many special events ensured visitors a comprehensive and innovative show. With regards to visitors, there was a significant increase compared to the 2018 edition (+40%), with  3,450 professionals belonging to the whole distribution chain, traditional and professional, retail and large distribution, paint shops, online platforms and the world of associations and institutions. The flow of visitors between the Bricoday and the Hardware Forum Italy pavilions worked perfectly, expanding the overall audience in quantitative and qualitative terms.

Hardware Forum Italy confirms itself as a constantly growing event and the palce to be for industry players. The intense matchmaking activity, with more than 250 meetings between exhibitors and distributors set up during the show, generated very positive feedbacks that highlighted the presence of prestigious distributors, top Italian and international buyers and e-commerce platforms. The Ferramenta World area that recreated the atmosphere of a hardware store, with shelves set up with the latest exhibitors’ products and the innovative Hardware World Boulevard were also a success.

There was a great attendance at the specialised conferences during both Colorday, a conference dedicated to the world of colour and the related new opportunities in the hardware distribution, and Assofermet Forum, where key players from the academic and business world discussed the challenges for the hardware supply chain in relation with the advent of a “Hardware Renaissance”.

The conference ended with the celebration of the winners of the “Hardware Forum Awards”. The winners of Premio Grossista Innovation Score 2019 Assofermet and Cerved group are: Canese Dante, Malfatti & Tacchini and Giovanni Ferrari. Oscar del negozio ferramenta 2019 rewards Lineonline.it (TPC group) - Best Presence on the Web-, Artec (Modugno) - Best Showroom- and Fai con Me ferramenta Antonio Miccichè - Best Specialisation. For Premio Produttori top 100 Performance Cerved – Assofermet the winners are Disec, Mottura and AGB Alban Giacomo. Last but not the least for Premio Prodotto dell’anno we have three winners: Fischer DUOBLADE Design Category, Annovi Reverberi AR BLUE Clean Twin Flow 5.0 Innovation Category and RECO2 VYTREUM Green Category.

"Hardware Forum Italy is already working to develop an event that will meet more and more the expectations of the production and distribution sector of the professional technical market. It has confirmed its position as the leading Italian trade show, like Eisenwarenmesse in Cologne and CIHS in Shanghai at a global level" says Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse Italy.