In English, “blech” is a word often used to describe something distasteful. This makes the phrase EuroBLECH sound like an event that one would would wish to avoid participating in. In German, however, the word “Blech” simply means “sheet metal”, making EuroBLECH quite the appropriate title for a conference on metal fabrication.
EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming
A visit to Hannover, Germany, for the world’s largest sheet metal manufacturing exhibition reveals a European taste for automation and efficiency
By Dan Davis, Editor-in-Chief
January 13, 2009
EuroBLECH is a celebration more than anything. Most of the booths have plenty of tables and, usually, a bar for customers, distributors, business partners, and friends to swing by, chat, have a drink, and talk about life both in and out of the industry. In fact, unlike shows in North America, a visitor will find materials suppliers—the folks that make the metal sheet, plate, and tube—among the exhibitors. Everyone comes together for this global event.
What does a European metal fabricating and forming tradeshow mean for a U.S. fabricator? Apparently, a whole lot.