please find the fifth edition of our FEST newsletter below.
Sue Knight, Director General FEST
Nikolaus Klein, Matthew Gray, Editors, Hassan Abou Jawhar
Digital fairs – Any port in a storm or real opportunity?
This discussion has been ever present in the industry, so we have been told by many industry professionals. And that has become more of a talking point, at least, since Mostra Convegno and Messe Frankfurt had to cancel the face-to-face fairs. Replacing a face-to-face trade fair with a purely digital format, or even pitting one against the other, was ruled out from the start.
The construction industry, including the supply of building materials, remains one of the very few sectors to have increased capacity during the pandemic. Such resilience in business does not often go unnoticed.
Major challenge for industry: material supply and price rises
The building services wholesalers currently have to pay particular attention to commodity prices and availability. This could become the sword of Damocles hanging over the industry in 2021 - alongside the pandemic. Copper has already seen double-digit price increases twice this year by producers.
The trade fair of the future: What does the new normal look like after Covid?
Florian Kaiser, partner and head of the construction supply industry division at Dr Wieselhuber & Partner, advises well-known companies on operational and strategic issues among other things. Central areas of his work include dealing with the many facets of digitalisation and strategic orientation in market development.
In each edition, we hope to feature some news or information from the member associations. The information is provided by the members and we look forward to hearing from as many associations as possible.