Posted December 2, 2015

International Hardware Fair draws record U.S. pavilion sign-ups

U.S. pavilion exhibitors grow 21 percent to date.

All eyes will soon be on Cologne, Germany again! Four months from now, over 2,700 suppliers from 50 countries will showcase their Hardware & DYI products at the EISENWARENMESSE International Hardware Fair (IHF). Show dates are March 6-8, 2016.

Halls will be arranged by product categories in following segments: Tools, Industrial Supplies, Fixing & Fastening Systems, Fittings and Home Improvement Products.

As the leading European event, IHF regularly attracts export minded U.S. and Canadian companies seeking worldwide distribution to Cologne.

For the 2016 show, close to 80 U.S. companies will make the trip, including Channellock, Cobra, Goldblatt, Honeywell, Little Giant Ladder, Tough Build and True Value. Canada will be present with seven exhibitors led by Cobra Anchors and Swift Green Filters.

More than 50% of the U.S. companies will take part in product specific U.S. Pavilions offered by Koelnmesse Inc., the North American arm of the organizer. The largest group with 22 companies will be located in the Industry Supply Hall 4.2. Additional U.S. group exhibits will be located in the Tool halls 10.1/10.2 and Home Improvement halls 5.1/5.2.

The show is pleased to have the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) back for their 27th exhibition. They will exhibit with 7 member companies in the AHMA pavilion located in Hall 4.2.

“Our U.S. Pavilion program has really taken off due to its convenience and the new look of our U.S. turnkey exhibits. Compared to the 2014 event we increased Pavilion participation by 21 percent. For the first time, we now also offer a U.S. Product Showcase, enabling companies with small budgets to be present in Cologne,” says Mette Petersen, President of Koelnmesse Inc.

North American Pavilion Happy Hour

  • March 7, 2016 5:30 -7 p.m.: Hall 4.2 C-09 
  • This year's show will also be the setting for a get-together of U.S. exhibitors and their customers with beverages and finger food. For information and to RSVP please contact:  Darrin Stern, Koelnmesse Inc. at

Special Canada Night

  • March 6, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.: Kölschbar between Halls 10 & 11
  • A party for Canadian visitors and exhibitors at IHF. For information please contact: Beverly Allen, Hardlines

Limited space in the U.S. Pavilions and the U.S. Product Showcase between halls 10/11 is still available. Inquiries should be directed to Darrin Stern at 773-326-9925 or

Online show registration is now open at Discounted 2-Day tickets are priced at EURO 38 (U.S. $ 40) and  3-Day tickets are offered for EURO (U.S. $ 53)