International Hardware Fair 2018 success

International Hardware Fair 2018

International Hardware Fair 2018 was a great success for us and we’re delighted to have welcomed so many visitors from so many countries on to our stand to find out more about our latest innovations and our broad portfolio of hardware solutions for industrial, trade and DIY markets. With innovations from our leading brands, including Norton, Norton Clipper, Flexovit and Rasta, there was a lot to see!

Check out our video from the show and hear from two of our experts:


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We were one of the 2,770 exhibitors at the fair this year, which attracted over 47,000 trade visitors from 143 countries. IHF is the number one fair in the industry for decision-makers from all over the world and there were more visitors than ever before. We certainly noticed that increase with crowds on our stand and in particular around our demo booth.

Norton innovations

Visitors to our stand were delighted to see live demonstrations from our two Application Engineers using our leading cutting, grinding and finishing products on a range of materials – with a Norton bottle opener for spectators to take away at the end! Our top compères were on hand to explain each demonstration of our total performance solutions for right angle grinders and underline the benefits of each product, with tips and advice thrown in for good measure. We also welcomed a number of requests from visitors who wanted to test just how good our products were!

Crowds gathered around our innovation walls as visitors were eager to learn more about our latest developments, including our Norton Quantum3 Combo Ultra-Thin Grinding Wheel, Norton Blaze Rapid Strip and Norton Quantum pink flap wheels and discs. The new Norton Garden range of abrasives for the DIY market also drew a lot of attention as we previewed it at the show. Watch out for more information when it’s launched later this year!

Latest updates

We invited passers-by to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Flexovit’s industrial performance abrasives with some promotional giveaways. Visitors were also delighted to see our newly rebranded Flexovit Merchandising range and the new look for Rasta Abrasives as we unveiled our graphic updates for the first time, making product selection quicker and easier for our customers.

We’re already getting ready for the next International Hardware Fair in Cologne, which is scheduled for 1-4 March 2020 – we hope to see you there again!