Events & Shows
Exhibitors getting ready for R+T 2015 in Stuttgart
By Patrick Flannery
Aug. 21, 2013–New highlights and innovations – that's what exhibitors and visitors can look forward to at R+T 2015 in Stuttgart. Four hundred exhibitors have already registered to date while waiting lists are being created in some areas. “Around 75 per cent of our total exhibition area is already booked up," said Sebastian Schmid, R+T project manager, describing the impressive response from exhibitors. Messe Stuttgart is currently honing the accompanying programme for the grand event: 50 Years of R+T in Stuttgart.
Aug. 21, 2013–New highlights and innovations – that's what
exhibitors and visitors can look forward to at R+T 2015 in Stuttgart. Four
hundred exhibitors have already registered to date while waiting lists are
being created in some areas.
“Around 75 per cent of our total exhibition area is already booked up,"
said Sebastian Schmid, R+T project manager, describing the impressive response
from exhibitors. Messe Stuttgart is currently honing the accompanying programme
for the grand event: 50 Years of R+T in Stuttgart.
“The programme will again naturally feature, for example, the R+T Innovation
Prize, the BVT Forum and the Craftsmen's Battle,” said Sebastian Schmid. “However,
we will also take the opportunity to come up with some surprises during our
Whereas the preparations for the anniversary in 2015 are now underway in
Stuttgart, two other trade fairs will be staged in Europe this year. R+T Russia
will open its doors in Moscow for the second time from 25 to 27 September 2013.
Companies such as Somfy, Hörmann and Alutech have already registered for this
event. R+T Turkey will be held for the first time in Istanbul from 7 to 11
“Due to the high demand from companies, we will now occupy two halls at the
trade fair centre in Istanbul," said Sebastian Schmid. A première will
also be celebrated Down Under in 2014: the leading world trade fair for roller
shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems will now also have a presence
in the southern hemisphere with R+T Australia in Melbourne.
Worldwide growth in the construction industry
As it expands throughout the world, R+T is currently benefiting from positive
trends in the construction industry. At present, the building industry in
Turkey is showing considerable growth potential which is characterised, in
particular, by high demand for environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient
building solutions. There is a similar situation in the Australian construction
industry which is booming again after a slump that lasted several years.
According to industry analysts, there is substantial pent-up demand in the
industry, especially in the area of energy efficiency.
German door and gate industry expecting positive growth
The German construction industry will probably profit from an economic recovery
in the second half of the year. The German door and gate industry has published
positive figures: after a 3.1 per cent rise in sales in 2012, companies are
expecting a recovery and positive growth in the second half of the year after a
sluggish start to 2013.
"The impetus here is coming from the construction industry, which is
reporting a significant increase in sales, especially in the area of commercial
construction. In the door and gate industry which reacts in a late-cyclical
manner, this positive trend will be seen in the second half of the year,"
predicted Kai-Uwe Grögor, managing director of the National Federation of Door
and Gate Manufacturers (BVT), who bases this estimate on companies'
Increasing demand for high-speed doors and gates
Sommer is forecasting considerable demand in the area of high-speed doors and
gates. According to Markus Beck, marketing manager of Sommer Antriebs- und
Funktechnik GmbH, R+T in Stuttgart has become the company's "in-house
trade fair" to a certain extent. In the past the manufacturer of door and
gate drive systems promoted the development of industrial door and gate drive
systems which operate permanently and efficiently, and also facilitate short
opening and closing times. A new drive system, which features flexible door and
gate utilisation areas, easy installation, quick programming and an integrated
frequency converter with an electronic limit switch, is especially suitable for
high-speed doors and gates. It can be used in the currently very popular
high-speed PVC doors and gates with up to 120 revolutions per minute at 35 Nm.
"There will be strong demand for the drive system for high-speed doors and
gates as part of energy savings and in the area of green building in industrial
buildings," said Markus Beck. "Due to cost reasons, more attempts are
being made in industrial halls to prevent high heat losses. High closing speeds
can be attained by using light grids." The number of drive variants and
their speeds are increasing continuously.
"Just a few years ago, the majority of drive systems were supplied with 90
or 120 revolutions," said Beck. "In order to be able to react more flexibly
to customers' requirements, the number of drive variants has now multiplied.
Thanks to our own frequency converter technology, we can offer up to 30
The new drive system guarantees optimum smoothness and power delivery with 230
and 400 volt technology. In autumn Sommer will start series production of the
first drive variants for industrial sectional doors and gates.
"We are already looking forward to presenting new product solutions at the
next R+T," said Markus Beck. "We are expecting numerous international
visitors and are keen to exchange ideas and information." Sommer will
probably further increase its amount of exhibition space at R+T 2015 in order
to create room for new production innovations.
World market leader for drive systems and controllers to
attend R+T for the 14th time
GfA Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, the world market leader
for drive systems and controllers for industrial doors, has been attending R+T
in Stuttgart since 1975.
"The triennial trade fair cycle is the ideal period for our products and
our industry to present innovations to a worldwide audience," said Oliver
Kosberg, the GfA sales manager responsible for trade fairs. "R+T is the
most important trade fair for our company to show our products to trade
visitors. At R+T we meet nearly all our customers, either as exhibitors or
visitors, and can establish and further cultivate contacts." The
Düsseldorf-based company has already won the R+T Innovation Prize on three
"In 2003 we won the Innovation Prize for our TS 970 door control
device," said Kosberg. "This was the first inexpensive compact
control device in conjunction with the digital DES limit switch (absolute
The innovation ten years ago: the possibility of making all settings directly
at operator height. In 2006 and 2009 the company won other Innovation Prizes
for the “dynamic duo” and the plug-in Elektromat.
GfA currently produces 155,000 units per annum and sells
them under the name Elektromat. GfA made the breakthrough back in 1974 with the
patented safety brake to prevent doors from falling back.
"The then development of the safety brake in the gearbox was a novelty on
the market for industrial door drive systems," said Oliver Kosberg.
"Thanks to the integrated safety brake, the technology became safer and
cheaper." Over the course of time GfA continued to improve the gear
technology, adapted it to conditions and developed a new integrated safety
brake during the 1990s.
"Ever since then, the safety brake has been the state of the art in its
current form," said Kosberg. It is self-monitoring, functions
independently of speed, rotation direction and installation position, and has
good damping characteristics. In the case of a catching operation, the catching
elements fall into the collecting groove – this leads to cutting in the groove
and the door is gently braked. GfA drive technology is used, for example, in
the Allianz Arena of FC Bayern Munich, the Eiffel Tower and the Olympic Stadium
Faster reaction and door travel times thanks to a bus system
Marantec, another winner of the R+T Innovation Prize, will also exhibit at R+T
2015. This Westphalian company, which has been operating all over the world for
more than 20 years, is a complete supplier of drive and control systems. A
separate bus system guarantees fast reaction times and ensures high safety and
convenience. It ensures, for example, that all connected modules such as
extension modules for two-way traffic control and I/O modules are recognised
automatically and also monitor the safety systems permanently and dynamically.
"One main advantage of the Marantec drive systems in this case is the same
programming structure for all control systems by means of the EOS
EasyOperatingSystem," said Kerstin Hochmüller, marketing manager at
Marantec. With industrial drive systems, faster door travel times are attained
by means of a frequency converter through which significant savings are
achieved in regard to energy, costs and CO 2 emissions. With a door height of 4
x 4 metres, the door opening time is reduced through a suitable drive system
featuring a frequency converter from 30 to 18 seconds. This efficient operation
is also supplemented by additional power saving techniques.
"We have been using, for example, LED technology for drive lighting in the
private sector for many years," said Kerstin Hochmüller. "The new
series of garage door drive systems can also be retrospectively extended to
include additional LED modules." Use is also made of the patented Blue
Line power saving technology for which Marantec was awarded the R+T Innovation
Prize in 2009.