Trade events Poland: ITM – Europe meets in Poznań

Author / Editor: Aleksandra Pawlina-Janyga / Rosemarie Stahl

Nearly half of the exhibitors at the ITM Poland trade fair are foreign companies. The extensive representation of countries such as China, France, India, Germany and Italy means that the fair is considered one of the most important trade events in Europe.

The ITM Poland fair, which takes place every June in Poznań, is considered one of the most important industrial events in Europe.
The ITM Poland fair, which takes place every June in Poznań, is considered one of the most important industrial events in Europe.
( Poznań International Fair)

The Innovation – Technology – Machinery fair (abbreviated to ITM Poland), taking place in Poznań on 7-10 June 2016, is the Polish answer to the Hanover Fair in Germany. Last year, the trade show saw nearly 1000 exhibitors and representatives of companies from 27 countries, while the booths were visited by nearly 17,000 visitors from 23 countries of the world. In 2015, the total exhibition area exceeded 21,000 m2 and was divided into 9 pavilions presenting subsequent stages of manufacture of modern products – from the concept and design stage, through treatment, cutting, moulding, welding and painting, to transport and work safety issues. This year, the organisers expect to repeat this result. The fair in June promises to set a new record – in terms of the number of both exhibitors and visitors.


Correlation between science and technology

The ITM Poland fair mainly addresses at representatives of sectors related to broadly understood as metal treatment. A large share of the machinery and devices presented are solutions dedicated to the transport, automotive, surface treatment, railway, smelting, metallurgy, varnish and OHS sectors.

But that is not all: apart from popular machinery solutions, the exhibition halls of the Poznań International Fair will feature the creations of engineers, design teams and scientific units. For them, the ITM fair offers an opportunity to verify theoretical concepts confronted with industrial practice, while entrepreneurs are able to increase the efficiency of their devices, optimise the operation of their plants and increase the market appeal of their companies by implementing innovative solutions. Therefore, the event in Poznań creates a successful fusion of industry, business and science, opening the doors to creating smart factories in the spirit of the Industry 4.0 concept.

Metal in the limelight

The industrial scope of the fair covers six thematic sections: Mach-Tool (machines and tools), Surfex (surface treatment), Hape (hydraulics, pneumatics, drives), Metalforum (metallurgy, steel industry, metal industry), Welding and Science for the Economy (scientific output of research institutes).

The thematic scope is also extended by a substantial schedule of accompanying events related to metal treatment and new technologies. Based on the character of those events, they can be divided into two groups: practical and theoretical. The first of them – particularly interesting as they offer an ability to see example applications of the new technologies up close, in real industrial environments – include, among others, the Second Metal Casting Forum Focast (7-10 June), the first 3D Solutions fair (8-9 June), as well as the Skills Range (7-10 June), as part of which the latest surface painting and varnishing technologies will be demonstrated.

The synergy created by the mutual effects of related sectors will also be leveraged by the parallel Subcontracting Industrial Cooperation Fair and accompanying matchmaking Subcontracting ITM Meetings, which present an opportunity to make new business contacts between contractors looking for subcontractors and development companies focused on carrying out industrial works.

Experts at the heart of the debate

For several years, organisers of industrial fairs in Poland – following the example of other European countries – have attempted to diversify the fair offer more and more, also enhancing the offer with seminar and conference cycles dedicated to topics related to the thematic scope of the fair.

ITM Poland also follows this trend, offering its exhibitors and visitors a substantial schedule of lectures and debates dedicated to materials and techniques used for metal treatment (among others, the Technical Forum of Contractual Steel and the "Aluminium. Business-Trends-Technologies" conference) as well as to technologies which shape the future of the Polish and the global industrial sector.


The latter issue will be the centre of attention of the "MM Speakers Corner" forum, organised on the 10th of June 2016 by the "MM Magazyn Przemysłowy" magazine. The debate will be divided into four discussion panels, as part of which the invited guests – executives from industrial companies and independent trade experts – will discuss the structure of a Smart Factory, the role of the Internet of Things in management and production, energetic efficiency in industry and the issue of managing human resources at production plants. The debate will be moderated by Radosław Brzózka – a TV journalist and an enthusiast of technological innovations.