International Hardware Fair

International Hardware Fair

Tools Hardware
Koelnmesse GmbH
2 years

The tools/hardware sector's most extensive event

If you want to see modern hardware technology for the needs of your business, you should visit International Hardware Fair also known as EISENWARENMESSE in Germany. At this event, you will be able to meet many manufacturers of power tools as well as the well-known brands on the market and meet with the biggest buyers in the sector.

The international exhibition has been running successfully since 1960 and has been at the centre of major industry trends, which gives you a much necessary competitive edge. The product portfolio is one of the biggest on the market with hand tools, hardware, interior equipment, air tools, building equipment, pressure washers, safety clothing, sanitary equipment, decorative hardware, fixing technology, soldering equipment and power tools on display.

Update for the International Hardware Fair 2024

Key hardware tools industry players will have to wait until March 3rd to March 6th, 2024 for the live edition of the International Hardware Fair. The venue of choice is still Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. It will not feature strict Covid-19 prevention measures due to the removal of the country's pandemic-related restrictions. This includes the limitations related to travelling to Germany.


Since International Hardware Fair is so heavily visited, you need to plan your work trip early on. Trade Fair Trips ltd is the one-stop solution for your needs from accommodation for exhibitions to logistical support. Our team can install your exhibition booth and place meeting facilities on hold for you when necessary.

Because we also block rooms in Cologne, Germany ahead of time, we have access to all the best deals on the market and we work with all price points. We are able to provide low rates and various discounts. That is why we are confident to say that our offers will fit your budget. Book with us, and allow our reservations agents to impress you by handling your hotel arrangements properly and quickly.

The International Hardware Fair is an exhibition, which takes place once every two years and falls on even years. Cologne, Germany welcomes the event for a period of four days at the beginning of March usually and takes place at Koelnmesse alongside the related IAW. Koelnmesse also functions as the official organiser for the event.

Only trade visitors are admitted entrance and working hours are from 09:00 am until 18:00 pm. Only the last day ends an hour earlier at 17:00 pm. Cologne is one of the friendliest cities when it comes to commuting and when you’re not driving to Koelnmesse. You have your choice between the tram, the metro, and the city rail system, which alone has four lines that service the exhibition grounds.

The International Hardware Fair backs up the praise and positive comments with great numbers – some 2770 international exhibitors and an audience that hit 47,000 trade visitors from more than 140 countries. This simple statistic along should give you a hint as to how potent this exhibition is to move product off shelf.

The audience consists of buyers and suppliers of the industrial, engineers and architects, and professional craftsmen. This means you’re always on target and have means to diversify your revenue stream. Another statistic we want to bring forward is how over 70% of all visitors are foreign nationals, which means that you’re able to open your brand to new markets all over the world. You have all the continents represented – Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Eisenwarenmesse 2022 Edition

Eisenwarenmesse 2022 took place as a hybrid event between the dates 25.09.2022 and 28.09.2022. It was held in such a format due to the pandemic. The event received approximately 25,000 attendees from 125 countries (over 70% were from abroad) and around 1,400 exhibiting companies from 50 nations.

What Are People Saying?

“The fisher group exhibited on the IHF for the second time and is very pleased with the response, because all of the important decision-makers from the trade were present within the first three days.” - Stefan Pelster-Hemesath, Sales Director North, Buildings Materials/DIY; fischer

“At this year's EISENWARENMESSE - International Hardware Fair Cologne there was a well-balanced mix between international and German DIY customers and mail order distributors. Over the first three days of the fair, we were able to welcome almost all important trading partners at our interactive Smart Home exhibition stand.” - Sascha Schellenberg, Executive Director of Alfred Schellenberg GmbH

“We are celebrating our anniversary in Cologne this year - 150 years of Hazet - and have placed the focus on our many new and innovative products. Of course, we are very pleased with the outcome of the trade fair, because here we meet up with all of our national and international customers in one go over the space of four days.” - Matthias Hoffmann, Executive Director, Hazet

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