164,000 square metres for some 3,100 exhibitors, technically demanding stand designs and numerous machines presented in operation – before, during and after the eight days of the trade fair, the technical and logistics experts of Messe Düsseldorf will be working flat out to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Planning the delivery of machines and stand elements kicks off months in advance of the first day of the fair. During the stand construction period, about 12,000 road transport deliveries are required, with up to 6,000 40-tonne vehicles arriving at the trade fair centre. A roughly 100-strong workforce is busy organising and monitoring traffic on the exhibition grounds and the delivery of machines and materials. A special traffic control system for heavy goods vehicles ensures that it is always possible to keep a precise record of how many lorries are currently on site. At peak times, there’s a deposit system handled by an innovative mobile computing unit. This makes rapid processing possible at all times.
Passenger transport also calls for intelligent solutions to ensure that people travel in safety – and in comfort. All in all some 500,000 people – exhibitors, stand personnel, suppliers and visitors – will be circulating on site before, during and after K. During K, roughly 1,100 bus arrivals with visitors are expected, plus over 900 buses carrying exhibitors with stand staff.
The event engineering team will also be working around the clock. The required power, water and communication lines are planned up to a year in advance. A special challenge is posed by the differences in technical equipment specifications throughout the world. However, even these details will be mastered. After all, it is one of Messe Düsseldorf’s core skills to bring together people from all over the globe.