Fire protection takes centre-stage: FeuerTrutz 2020 Preview. Once a year since 2011, FeuerTrutz has been turning Exhibition Centre Nuremberg into the hot spot for fire protection professionals. The exhibition with congress covers passive, active and organisational fire protection solutions. The last event brought together 315 exhibitors from 21 countries and more than 9,000 trade visitors. From 2020, a change of dates and new halls will tap into further development opportunities for the leading event in the sector. On 24 and 25 June, FeuerTrutz will take place in Halls 4 and 4A for the first time, while the popular Fire Protection Congress will be held in the adjacent Nuremberg Convention Center Ost.
“We have paved the way for the future of FeuerTrutz in close consultation with industry representatives. Holding the event in June offers us a lot of opportunities to improve the content. For example, we will be better able to address current industry trends and integrate them into the event programme. The relocation into Halls 4 and 4A will also enable us to meet requests by many exhibitors for larger stands,” explains Stefan Dittrich, Director FeuerTrutz at NürnbergMesse.
Success story of FeuerTrutz
The comprehensive supporting programme was already very impressive at the last event. The two compact seminars “BRANDSCHUTZDIREKT Löschtechnik” (on fire extinguishing) and “Fire Protection in Bavaria” held parallel to FeuerTrutz 2019 were aimed specifically at experts on active fire protection solutions as well as architects and official agency staff. The “German Fire Protection” workshop provided international trade visitors with information to help them understand the German fire protection market. At the accompanying Fire Protection Congress,1,500 delegates found out about the requirements for fire protection concepts, building law issues and the technical aspects of preventive fire protection.
Exhibitors and visitors set to benefit from changes
At its tenth round, FeuerTrutz intends to continue on its successful pathway. “The significant interest in the event shows us how important FeuerTrutz is as an industry gathering,” explains Dittrich. With the new dates in the summer the organisers of FeuerTrutz are helping a lot of exhibitors to spread out their busy schedules. “On 24 and 25 June, FeuerTrutz will not be so close in time to other construction industry events, making trade fair planning and preparation easier for many exhibitors. A date in June will secure FeuerTrutz a firm place in the calendar of the fire protection sector,” says the exhibition director. Exhibitors will also benefit from the modern technical facilities in the new halls and the efficient logistics in the eastern section of the exhibition grounds.
The new schedule is sure to attract a lot of interest from fire protection designers, certified experts, fire safety officers, building engineers, installers and other experts. After all, it is also an ideal time for outdoor demonstrations and falls outside the official holiday periods of almost all federal states.
Congress takes critical look at fire protection
In 2020 the FeuerTrutz congress invites participants to discuss the topic “Can it be saved? Fire protection in hospitals under scrutiny”. Other key topics include the second escape route in existing buildings, timber-framed multi-storey residential buildings, changes for fire protection in industrial building and the new building products law.
The biggest congress for fire safety experts in the German-speaking regions takes place in the Nuremberg Convention Center Ost parallel to the trade fair. This makes the congress programme readily accessible and closely linked to the trade fair action. “We are looking forward to once again introducing high-calibre experts to speak to our audience of fire safety professionals. These speakers will provide an up-to-date overview of the challenges involved in producing fire protection concepts and the most important issues relating to passive, active and organisational fire protection,” explains André Gesellchen, Head of the Fire Protection Programme at FeuerTrutz Network. Q&A sessions after the presentations allow delegates to communicate directly with the speakers.
For the complete FeuerTrutz Congress programme and to register online, go to: brandschutzkongress.de
Hall 3C wins award for high standard of fire safety
The award of a “Sprinkler Protected” quality certification by the Federal Association for Technical Fire Protection (bvfa) to the newly built Hall 3C shows that NürnbergMesse itself is also aspiring to the highest fire safety standards when designing and building its facilities. For the construction of the new hall, which made its trade fair debut in November 2018, Nuremberg-based company BSS Brandschutz Sichelstiel was engaged to install the fire protection concept. Torsten Höhlriegel, Technical Director of BSS Brandschutz Sichelstiel GmbH, explains the challenges that the fire protection professionals faced when working on the architectural masterpiece by Zaha Hadid Architects: “The sprinklers were designed to be almost invisible to visitors. To ensure the homogeneous appearance the entire system was executed without visible fixings. In addition, the sprinklers blend harmoniously into the overall look of the building thanks to the use of a special white paint. A connection installed in the floor can be used if necessary to provide temporary sprinklers to protect individual stands quickly and flexibly.
With the “Sprinkler Protected” award, the bvfa recognises public buildings with fire protection provisions that go beyond the standards prescribed by legislation and ensure the safety of visitors among other things through the installation of a sprinkler system. As well as the design and installation of the sprinkler system by a recognised specialist firm, one of the main criteria for the award is an evaluation of the safety aspects of the construction material used. The Federal Association for Technical Fire Protection (bvfa) is one of the institutional sponsors of FeuerTrutz and has frequently hosted the compact seminar on fire extinguishing, BRANDSCHUTZDIREKT Löschtechnik, as part of the event’s supporting programme; BSS Brandschutz Sichelstiel GmbH is a longstanding exhibitor at Europe’s leading professional event for preventive fire protection.
For more information on FeuerTrutz 2020 please go to: feuertrutz-messe.de/future