Date 2019: 4th/5th December 2019

VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2018 with a multifaceted programme and numerous visitors from home and abroad

New exhibitor and visitor record, fully booked expert conferences, perfect networking opportunities

Full halls, satisfied faces: 3,300 visitors came to VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2018 to find out about the latest trends in fire prevention and protection.

For many fire prevention and protection professionals, VdS-FireSafety Cologne is the most important industry event at the end of the year. This was once again confirmed by the 7th VdS-FireSafety Cologne, which took place at the Cologne Exhibition Centre on December 4th and 5th, 2018. More than 100 exhibitors presented product innovations and live demonstrations at the major international trade fair, and a total of 3,300 visitors came to find out about current developments in the industry in the exhibition hall and at the expert conferences held at the same time. They also took advantage of the numerous networking opportunities.

Well-filled themed forums

The themed forums in the exhibition hall, to which all visitors had free access, were very popular. For the second time, the Future Forum Fire Protection was presented, this year with the motto "Today Vision – Tomorrow Everyday Life". In the mornings of both days, experienced experts gave lectures on innovation topics and answered the questions of the trade fair visitors. In the afternoons, universities and manufacturers presented current findings, solutions and trends on the same stage.

Fully booked expert conferences

The seven high-calibre expert conferences that took place parallel to the trade fair in the halls of Cologne Exhibition Centre were also extremely popular, many of them fully booked. Among other things, the new conference "Security and Alarm Management – From Planning to Intervention", which dealt with the convergence of fire prevention and protection, security services and optimally integrated emergency response, the compact seminar "Construction and Fire Protection in Northrhine Westfalia" on the new state building regulations, which will soon come into force, and the two-day international conference "Fire Extinguishing Systems" with case studies from Germany and abroad were available for selection. The internationally oriented programme also attracted many guests from abroad to Cologne Exhibition Centre; for example, the expert conferences were booked by visitors from 20 different countries.

Major trade fair and launch of international campaign

More than 100 exhibitors presented innovations and trends from various areas of preventive fire protection. Siemens presented its new international "Protection matters" campaign for the first time at VdS-FireSafety Cologne. It deals with the interlinking of the various fire protection professions (detection, alarm and evacuation, extinguishing, building and hazard management), which ideally are planned together from the outset. Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio as well as planning aids that considerably facilitate the integration of the professions (more on this at siemens.de/protection-matters). "We used VdS-FireSafety Cologne to present our brand-new campaign, because here we meet an interested audience of experts in a very targeted manner. The feedback from the visitors was very positive. We are particularly pleased that the market perceives us as a driver for digitalisation in fire prevention and protection," says Carsten Meißner of Siemens.

Live demonstrations and tours of the trade fair

At VdS-FireSafety Cologne there was a large variety of live demonstrations of the latest fire prevention and protection technology. These included, for example, a sprinkler system with foam admixture by FireDos and sprinkler demonstrations by Minimax Polska, in which the functionality of alarm valve stations and the spray patterns of sprinklers could be observed. VdS demonstrated original test equipment from the VdS fire detection laboratories: a rotating device in accordance with EN 54-12 for testing optical smoke detectors and a smoke box in accordance with EN 54-20 for testing aspirating smoke detectors.

The new offer for a total of three trade fair tours was also gladly taken up, during which interested visitors were shown selected product innovations and live demonstrations.

VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2019 on 4th and 5th December

Also next year VdS-FireSafety Cologne will not be missing from the calendars of industry professionals. Once again, it will take place at Cologne Exhibition Centre on 4th and 5th December 2019.

Many of the expert conferences at VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2018 were fully booked, for example the expert conference "Fire Extinguishing Systems International" with simultaneous translation German/English.

Innovations were presented and many products demonstrated live at the more than 100 stands at the trade fair of VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2018.

Impressionen der VdS-BrandSchutzTage 2018

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