Next year, the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) will take place for the tenth time. The planning for this anniversary event is already well underway and the dates of the renowned specialist trade fair have already been set: from 16th to 18th October 2018, German and international automotive suppliers will gather in Wolfsburg to showcase their latest mobility solutions. The accompanying congress "#Digital Mobility Conference" will takes place on the 15th October 2018 here in Wolfsburg as well as the grand opening of the IZB.
In line with the special topic of next year´s IZB, "Think Digital", their presentations will above all shine the spotlight on the trend topic of digitalisation in the automotive industry. Based on the results of an independent survey conducted during the IZB 2016, the event organiser, the company Wolfsburg AG, expects exhibiting companies to be extremely interested in the upcoming event. "Around 94 percent of the exhibitors surveyed are interested in participating in the trade fair again. As a marketing and innovation platform, the IZB offered them a number of excellent opportunities for business transactions. Next year´s trade fair will yet again provide them with an outstanding setting for such achievements", declares Thomas Krause, a Member of the Board of Wolfsburg AG.
Ever since the first IZB was held back in 2001, the specialist trade fair has achieved continuous growth both in terms of its exhibitor and visitor numbers and with regard to its content. With approximately 50,000 trade visitors and around 800 exhibiting companies from 32 different countries, last year´s IZB was more international than ever before. Supplier companies from Taiwan, Slovakia, Moldova, Sweden, Finland and Norway all attended the event for the first time. Alongside its classic main topics such as electronics, metal and lightweight construction and plastics, the trade fair also focused on the special topic of "Mobility Goes Digital". Given that digital solutions are still playing an essential role in the development of the automotive industry, the 10th IZB will also shine the spotlight on this trend.
Planning for the concept behind the IZB 2018 is now well underway. When working on this concept, Wolfsburg AG is also factoring in the results of a representative exhibitor and visitor survey that was conducted during the IZB 2016. The survey revealed a positive response to the event from both visitors and exhibitors, with 95 percent of the visitors surveyed claiming that they were heading home with a good or very good overall impression of the IZB and stating that it provided them with a comprehensive overview of the market. 86 percent of visitors also considered the IZB to be an important trend barometer for future-oriented innovations.