Weingarten, Germany — The recently finished ReSale 2007 exhibition of used equipment in Karlsruhe, Germany is seen as a big success by organizers Hess GmbH (Weingarten, Germany) with 528 exhibitors from 29 countries. The show saw more than 10,000 visitors from 120 countries. About 65% of all visitors to the show were from abroad.
The used equipment sector is finding itself in the current of the booming world trade that we are experiencing now, says Jens Nagel, managing director of the Federal Assn. of German Export (BDEx, Berlin). He says particular interest was found for used equipment in markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. Demand seems particularly strong in Russia and the Middle East—regions that are trying to diversify into more areas to reduce their dependence on crude oil and gas production.
The largest interest of visitors, according to a fair survey, was for reconditioned packaging equipment (27%) and plastics processing machinery (18%). Automation manufacturer KUKA Robot (Augsburg, Germany) says it was quite satisfied with the response to its presence at the show. Sophie Wittmann, manager used robots, says a high number of Russian visitors were on the lookout for robotics to improve production in their plants. The company plans to process the enquiries in the next month.
One complaint from BDExs Nagel was that restrictive visa regulations introduced by the German government prevented a number of visitors from attending the show. This hinders Germanys export economy since foreign purchasers will start looking at other markets such as China as alternatives, Nagel says.[email protected]