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R+T closes with another record result

Around 60,000 specialist visitors flock to R+T 2012 — with more international exhibitors and visitors — fully booked hotels in the area — R+T strengthens its position as the world's leading trade fair in the industry

12.03.2012 Stuttgart

"That was the best R+T of all time", agreed exhibitors and visitors to the leading world trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems, which closed its doors again today after five days of bustling activity on Stuttgart's trade fair grounds. R+T 2012 presented itself once again in top form and struck quite a chord among the approximately 60,000 visitors (2009: 57,379) with the topics of energy efficiency and building security, which are on the political agenda worldwide.

The global importance of the R+T exhibition portfolio is reflected by the further increase in international visitors from 50 to 51 percent. They travelled to Stuttgart from 110 countries — in 2009, it was 106 countries. "I came from Tel Aviv in the morning and am flying back again in the evening", said one visitor. The location of the exhibition centre right next to the Stuttgart airport made it easier for visitors from around the world to get there.

R+T 2012 also managed to beat the result of the 2009 event with 817 exhibitors (2009: 747). Their international character also rose from 65 to 66 percent. They came from 42 countries. The hotels were nearly booked up within about 75 kilometres round Stuttgart. Some exhibitors made use of shuttle buses for their stand's staff.

Roller shutters, doors, gates and shading systems of all kinds were the focus of R+T 2012. The trend: energy management in buildings. The greatest possible savings in combination with all systems, which can be easily operated while on the go via smart phone. All nine exhibition halls were fully booked, a total of 105,200 gross square metres.

"Visitors are very willing to invest. 17 percent even want to invest over 100,000 euros", said Ulrich Kromer, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart. "An indication that above all the intelligent solutions of R+T are becoming increasingly popular", he added.

Every three years, the entire industry meets in Stuttgart. In 2012, the atmosphere was better than ever. "Our exhibitors are enthusiastic about the competence of the visitors and their great interest in the innovations on display", said Wolfgang Cossmann, President of the Federal association for manufacturers of roller shutters and sun protection in Berlin, relating to the general impression of its members. "The door and gate industry requires a three-year cycle for the development of genuine innovations. For our exhibitors, it was the best R+T of all time, where they met many new clients from abroad", explained Dr. Claus Schwenzer, President of the National federation of door and gate manufacturers in Ratingen. "R+T has a sustainable impact. Our members were delighted and their expectations were met", beamed Bernd Seybold, President of the Industrial association for technical textiles, roller shutters and sun protection in Mönchengladbach.

As part of R+T 2012's programme, the Architects‘ day "Art of Planning" nearly exceeded the reserved room space at the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart, with some 1,500 participants, and thus surpassed even the wildest expectations of the organisers, Messe Stuttgart and BauNetz. The interest in intelligent façade design and its contribution to the energy management of buildings was in greater demand than ever in the architectural scene.

R+T 2015 will be held from 24 to 28 February 2015 once again in Stuttgart, thereby celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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