Organisers of FIT Show, the UK’s leading trade show for the glass, glazing, hardware and components industry, have announced record levels of industry support for its delayed 2021 event.
FIT Show will return to the NEC Birmingham from 10 – 12 May, 2022 and is set to bring together every link in the supply chain – from manufacturers and suppliers of the latest windows, doors, glass, hardware and components, right through to the specifiers and fitters of these products.
Visitor registration for the event is currently tracking at 50% above the same point in the campaign for FIT Show 2019 show, highlighting the appetite to get back to live events. When FIT Show opens in May, it will be the first live European trade show for the fenestration industry in more than three years.
Organisers have reported that there will be an exciting lineup with a combination of brand leaders, new and exciting start-ups, FIT Show first-timers and some well known brands who will be returning for the first time in several years.
In January, machinery giant Haffner Murat increased its space to 610sqm, making it the largest stand in FIT Show’s history, in order to be able to showcase more running machinery such as the Graf Synergy Range. Fenestration industry recruitment experts Chase Taylor have also taken more space at the show, as did composite decking supplier Ronjack.
Debut FIT Show exhibitors who have signed up in recent weeks include bespoke metal door manufacturer, Strongdor and modular steel outbuildings manufacturer, Telluria. They will be joined by FIT Show first-timers ICB Fabrications, sustainable merchandise supplier Media HUT, Checkatrade and Solar Calibre Doors.
Returning brands include machinery experts Emmegi, bespoke timber window, door and fire doorset manufacturer West-Port Timber, window and door manufacturer Force 8, and hardware manufacturer J Banks & Co Ltd.
FIT Show event director, Nickie West comments: “We really have hit the ground running this year and I am delighted to see so many exciting brands, both new and returning, added to the FIT Show 2022 lineup.
“The lifting of UK restrictions and delay of Fensterbau have boosted both exhibitor and visitor enquiries, making the UK a safe haven for those looking to connect their brand with the market, en masse, via a trade show. We’re proud that FIT Show will be the first major European trade show for the entire industry, post-pandemic.
“For manufacturers and suppliers of the latest glass, glazing, hardware and components products and services – FIT Show offers an unrivalled opportunity to get the brand infront of our 10,000 decision makers who are visiting the show specifically to purchase these goods.
“For those who specify or install these products, whether that be on small domestic projects right through to multi-site and complex commercial builds or retrofits, a trip to FIT Show will allow them to see the latest products on the market. We’ll have every link in the supply chain under one roof allowing visitors to speak directly to manufacturers, network and connect with colleagues and suppliers old and new.
“We’re working hard behind the scenes on our learning programme, which is taking shape at pace. We’ll be delivering the very latest information about key industry issues, including presentations about the Approved Documents F, L & O covering the upcoming changes to Building Regulations, which are to come into force from 15th June.
“We’ll also be looking at sustainability, offsite and modular construction and content that helps our audience to do better business when they leave the show. From finding the most sustainable product offerings and managing their supply chain, through to improving efficiencies.”
Over 200 brands will display the very latest products and materials for use across domestic, commercial, private and public sector building and renovation projects. Visitors can expect to see the likes of door manufacturer Doorco, glazing experts Glazpart, window systems giant Kommerling, Roseview Windows, lantern roof experts Made For Trade, Morley Glass, Ultraframe, VEKA and Victorian Sliders.