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A + A

Düsseldorf ,Germany
Industry
Industry:
Safety, Security, Risk Management, Defense, Fire Protection
Organizer
Organizer :
Messe Dusseldorf GmbH
Event website
Event website :
A + A
Frequency
Frequency:
2 years

Effects of COVID-19's Latest Challenges on A+A

The 2023 edition of A+A will occur a live exhibition at Messe Düsseldorf. The hosting dates for the event are between 24.10.2023 - 27.10.2023. Messe Dusseldorf will not feature rigorous COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This is because of the improving pandemic situation, which has resulted in the removal of the domestic and national restrictions. 

A Brief Explanation on A+A

A+A is a leading trade fair for the security and safety industry that was founded in 1954. It gathers many sector professionals, from company owners to inspectors. Such attendees meet to discuss the latest protocols, practices, and innovations. A + A is the source of the next generation of solutions within a wide range of product categories. These include raw materials, components, technology for manufacturing, and finished projects. Over 70,000 participants attend A+A’s biannual editions. The trade fair often occurs in late October (2021) or early November (2019). Messe Düsseldorf is both the hosting location and the organiser of the event.

What is A+A's Business Profile?

A+A receives representatives from the entire value chain. This includes manufacturers, C-suite executives, procurement/purchasing specialists, marketing experts, and safety engineers. Examples of the leading companies that attend A+A are IFA, Honeywell, and 3M. They also include Uvex and Kelly International Corporation. They moreover feature premier exhibitors such as Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA.

What Should You Know About A+A?

Attendees visit or exhibit at the A+A trade fair to achieve six vital business goals. These include forming valuable contacts, accessing new markets and generating sales leads. The achievable goals also include earning recognition, conducting business, and gaining new knowledge. Participants can achieve such goals by participating in an excellent support programme. Influential sub-events include the International A+A Congress. They also feature the Robotics Park and the Safety+Health Meeting Point. Also, participants can attend the Company Fire Protection and Emergency Management Theme Park. The German Occupational Safety and Health Award is similarly should not be overlooked.

A+A’s support programme has a five-theme foundation. Each key theme affects one or more sub-events, including the discussion topics. A+A's key themes are - Security at work, Safety at Work, Health at Work, Fire Prevention and Corporate Fashion. The trade fair additionally includes nine topics of focus. The topics are environmental/travel/occupational medicine, media/training, and company catering. They also feature fire protection/security products. Rescue/emergency medicine and mobile working are focus topics as well. They additionally incorporate corporate health management, hygiene requirements, prevention, and therapy.

One of the leading sub-events in the support programme is the International A+A Congress. The micro-event attracts a diverse participant group. This is due to its role as a central meeting and knowledge-expanding hub. Among the attending are OSH professionals, safety delegates, and company/occupational physicians. They also include labour inspectors, C-suite executives, and state occupational health administrations. Participants furthermore incorporate start-ups, plant/HR managers, and autonomous social insurance institution administrations. Among the attending are also ergonomics, occupational, and organisational psychology experts. The micro-event is also of prime importance for inclusion or integration experts. Attendees additionally incorporate ergonomics, environmental, or occupational medicine researchers. Company fire safety/environmental protection experts likewise attend the A+A Congress.

The A+A Congress is a sub-event that enables the completion of three vital goals. These are gaining recognition, expanding specialist knowledge, and forming new connections. Such aims can be achieved by taking part in one or more of the 25 talks that comprise the micro-event. During the lectures, a diverse range of topics is discussed. Among them are digitalisation and occupational safety/health AI. Instating Vision Zero and working during an ongoing pandemic are also debated. So are the latest challenges encountered by the industry and the newest trends. The International A+A Congress features leading speakers that address the subject topics. Such lecturers can vary from leading scientists to political representatives and entrepreneurs. For instance, the 2021 edition featured among its speakers Hubertus Heil.

The Trend Forum is also a highly influential sub-event. It resembles in some aspects the International A+A Congress. Among the similarities is that the Forum enables the completion of particular aims. Such includes expanding specialist knowledge, achieving recognition and networking. The Trend Forum furthermore, attracts a diverse range of participants. Among such attendees are HR managers, safety experts and occupational health specialists. The Trend Forum similarly discusses topics such as digitalisation. Yet, the Forum differs from the Congress in some focus subjects. For instance, the Forum focuses on hazardous substances and protection. Additionally, the latest supply chain laws are discussed during the Trend Forum.

Specialists can expand their knowledge by attending the Safety + Health Meeting Point. The Meeting Point includes association speakers providing answers to questions. Examples include the latest alternatives for protecting employees. They also feature new PPE variants and how to avoid certain disaster situations. The Company Fire Protection and Emergency Management Theme Park is also worth attending. It allows attendees to expand their knowledge on how to prevent accidents. They can additionally learn what steps to take during emergencies. For the task, they can attend the presentations that provide accident-prevention information. They can moreover hone their skills by participating in the complimentary demonstrations. During the shows, rescue services explain the steps to take during specific situations. The Emergency Management Park can be worthwhile for certain specialists. This includes fire safety experts, rescue services, safety officers, and others.

The exhibition is among the central sub-events of A+A's programme. It is a micro-event that allows attendees to conduct business on-site. This includes making essential purchases and networking. Additionally, it enables them to learn about the new trends and achieve recognition. The exposition features an extensive product range that represents the entire value chain. For instance, attendees can examine PPEs, CBRN, workplace facilities, and workwear fabrics. They can also check safety equipment, rescue, hygiene, first aid or sanitary supplies. Ergonomic, emergency medicine, workplace architecture, protection, and decontamination solutions are also available. Furthermore, participants can overview work/corporate wear, media/training products and services. The exhibition contains several specialised sub-events/zones. Such areas enable attendees to find and observe innovative wares with ease. Examples of special sub-events/zones are the Start-up Zone and the Robotics Park. The Start-Up Zone is where participants can find the latest start-up innovations. It is the location for examining high-tech textiles, new health applications, or PPEs. Moreover, the Zone enables aspiring companies to achieve recognition and form partnerships. The Robotics Park is a showcasing area for observing new robotic technologies. The debut edition, for example, presented exoskeletons. These were innovative pieces of equipment that combined machine strength with human intelligence. Such a combination can help to improve employee performance. For the task, the innovations can aid in making demanding physical tasks comfortable. This reduces the number of bodily injuries and absenteeism related to sickness. It additionally helps to better the performance of workers. The Robotics Park showcases such innovations by providing real-time scenarios. For instance, the exoskeletons were presented by taking part in three courses. Each course featured two sessions. One session took place without an exoskeleton and the second with such a device.

A+A provides ample opportunities for gaining recognition. The German Occupational Safety and Health Award is one such instance. It lauds innovative health or safety solutions. The Award comprises five categories, each honouring a different type of innovation. The categories are:

  • Strategic
  • Company
  • Personal
  • Cultural
  • Newcomer

The Strategic category is for management solutions that have far-reaching consequences. Examples include proposals that overcome challenges, such as demographic changes or language barriers. The Company category is for novel plant-level solutions that influence the entire workforce. Example submissions feature implementing creative risk assessment procedures or providing new technical solutions. They also include improving operational traffic and mobility aspects.

The Personal division is for proposals that improve worker performance and safety. Examples include innovative solutions that enhance ergonomics, improve PPEs, or augment workplace design. The Cultural category lauds interpersonal relationships/behaviour-changing innovations. Examples include proposals that handle management culture, participation, error management, and communication issues. They also feature ones that improve the employee-oriented corporate culture.

The Newcomer category is for innovators who have created new processes or products. It can also grant such acknowledgement to those that have made essential improvements. To be eligible for the division, nominees need to fulfil three criteria. These are the company being no older than ten years. They also must not have over 50 employees and an annual balance or sales that do not exceed 10 million EUR.

Each nomination is examined by an expert jury and receives a rating based on four criteria. These are:

  • Effective (gauges the level of success the nomination will have)
  • Transferable (evaluates the potential role-model effect the nomination will have if implemented)
  • Creative (determines how innovative the solution is in solving the challenge)
  • Sustainable (examines the long-term efficiency and resource-saving abilities)

Professionals from all security and safety industry branches should consider attending the fair. For instance, it can aid safety officers and fire protection experts. Furthermore, HR managers, integration/inclusion specialists, and social security self-administrated should consider attending. So should corporate environmental protection experts and professional/plant fire brigades.

Update for A+A 2021

Three new sub-events debuted during A+A 2021:

  • the Robotics Park
  • the Self-Experience Space
  • the Exoworkathlon

Robotics Park showcased novel technologies, including exoskeletons, created by start-ups and leading companies. The Self-Experience Space allowed visitors to examine the prototype exoskeletons. For the task, they could test their performance through three courses. The courses focused on welding, logistics, and assembly. Exoworkathlon also presented real-time two-round test courses. During the first round, participants perform the assigned task without an exoskeleton. During the second, they would equip a prototype and redo the circuit. The Exoworkathlon also featured discussion panels that focused on user feedback and ergonomics.

The 2021 edition of A+A included five trend topics. These were Sustainability and Digitalisation. They also featured Solutions for the future and the New World of Work. Hygiene + Pandemic was also a trending topic. Each of the trend subjects featured a series of sub-topics. Hygiene+Pandemic focused on issues related to protecting the workforce from potential infections. Sustainability included the matter of circular economy and supply chain diligence laws. It also featured the subjects of certification and sustainable products. Digitalisation featured digital process optimisation solutions. Furthermore, it included the topics of procurement automation/delivery/production. New World of Work focused on post-pandemic environmental employee-protection product solutions. It also featured new working environments as a subject. Solutions for the future presented innovative products and services created by young companies.

What Logistical Details to Take Into Consideration?

A+A takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event is organised by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, which also acts as the host venue. Attendants have access from 09:00 in the morning until 06:00 in the afternoon. Editions are held every two years around November, and the event takes place for four days in total.

Messe Düsseldorf is an event venue with extensive public transport connections. Among these connections are a variety of train, metro, and bus routes that stop close to the event centre. For instance, attendees can access the venue from the airport in 18 minutes by bus or metro. The transports have stations near the venue known as MesseOst and Messe Süd. Likewise, attendants can reach Messe Düsseldorf from the central railway station in 25 minutes. Participants staying in local cities can also access the venue with ease. For instance, the travel time from Cologne to the site by taxi or rent-a-car is 60 minutes.

Düsseldorf provides a diverse and extensive variety of lodging and dining options. One reason for this diversity is that the city is part of a large metropolitan area. Many areas offer accommodation alternatives, such as hotels. They also include guest houses, hostels, and apartments. The dining options vary from restaurants to beer gardens. Popular areas where accommodation and dining options are available feature Flingern and Hafen. They also incorporate neighbourhoods such as Friedrichstadt and Oberbilk.

Target Audiences, Facts, and Figures Of A+A

A + A serves as a prime meeting platform that connects demand with supply. The audience represents the commerce, media, education, services, trades, safety, and health sectors. The editions often feature between 60,000 and 73,000 participants. For instance, the 2019 edition included 73,507 visitors. It also received 2,111 exhibitors and 419 media representatives. The 2017 edition likewise featured over 67,000 trade visitors and 1,931 exhibitors. Around 86% of the participants are decision-makers from industries such as safety. 98% are highly satisfied with the editions. 97% of the participants would recommend the fair to other specialists. Around 136 countries visit A+A. Among those attending nations are:

  • UK
  • Singapore
  • Croatia
  • India
  • Germany
  • UAE
  • Slovakia
  • Taiwan
  • Russia
  • Finland
  • Turkey
  • Chile
  • Belgium
  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • China
  • Norway
  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • Pakistan
  • France
  • USA
  • Luxembourg
  • Austria
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Hungary
  • Kenya
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • New Zealand
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Iran
  • Poland
  • Bangladesh
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Denmark
  • Vietnam
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Oman

 

What Took Place During A+A’s Past Editions?

2021 Edition

A+A 2021 took place at Messe Düsseldorf as a hybrid event. The trade fair comprised a face-to-face exhibition and a digital platform. The online platform was known as A + A Connected. It enabled attendees to visit sub-events such as the A+A Congress. A+A 201 featured over 25,000 trade visitors and 1,204 exhibitors.

A+A Hotel Accommodation and Trade Fair Trips

Trade Fair Trips Ltd will handle your travel arrangements. As a result, you can concentrate on your preparations for the trade fair. You are guaranteed to receive the best hotel prices for the event. This includes choosing from excellent offers at competitive rates. We focus on hotels near Messe Düsseldorf. This is because the location is critical to the success of business trips. We can also aid in a variety of other ways. One of them includes making meeting facility reservations. We can also coordinate the setup of your trade show booth.

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How to get to A + A
On foot
On foot:

from Dusseldorf Hbf is 1h 30 min walk or 30 min with a bicycle 

1h 5 min with a walk or 25 min with a bike

By car
By car:

from Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof the ride will take you 30 min (~9 km)

from the airport there are only 15 to 20 min (~9km)

By public transport
By public transport:

From the Dusseldorf Central Station U-Bahn Nr U78 will get you there for 26 min

From Dusseldorf International Airport to Messeplatz you need to change transport with either of this 3 options:

 - From Airpot Terminals A/B/C: 6 stops with Bus 760 to Freiligrathplatz and then U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within 7 min walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - SB51 from Flughafen Terminal A/B/C to Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and then with U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - from Terminals A/B/C take bus 721 for 6 stops to 'Am Hain', transfer to bus 722 for another 4 stops to Messe Congress Center and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*

* every choice will take you from 30 to 40 min

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