Moulding Expo to become the meeting point for suppliers and buyers

In cooperation with the new trade fair for tool, pattern and mould making, the BME Forum entitled „Purchasing of tools“ will be held at the same time in Stuttgart.

During the sixty years of its existence, the BME has become established as a technical association for purchasing and logistics in Germany,. The objective of the BME is to promote science, education, training and the exchange of experiences in all areas of materials management, purchasing and logistics.
During the sixty years of its existence, the BME has become established as a technical association for purchasing and logistics in Germany,. The objective of the BME is to promote science, education, training and the exchange of experiences in all areas of materials management, purchasing and logistics.

With the German Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) and its BME Forum entitled “Purchasing of tools”, Moulding Expo has found the perfect partner to achieve this goal. On 6 and 7 May 2015, the BME will stage a 2-day seminar concurrently with the trade fair in Stuttgart. This seminar is expected to attract more than 100 purchasing experts and managers who want to continue their training. Representatives from the areas of tool-dependent parts, tool purchasing, strategic purchasing, technical purchasing and commodity management tooling will be present in Stuttgart.

“The event will be highly beneficial to the participants,” said Professor Robert Fieten, the initiator of the Forum. “For example, the international procurement markets for tools, purchasing strategies or supplier selection will be examined during technical talks and discussions. However, the discussions will also focus on topics such as solid cost accounting and the conclusion of watertight contracts in order to ensure, for example, title to supplied tools. The BME has already successfully staged this Forum for six years. Buyers, i.e. our primary target group, tell me that there is nothing comparable. Some buyers therefore repeatedly attend the Forum. If that isn’t a complement!, said Professor Fieten, who has taken over responsibility for technical management of the Forum.
Staging the BME Forum during the first Moulding Expo in Stuttgart was a joint idea between Ralf Dürrwächter, Marketing Manager at the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF), and Florian Niethammer, Project Manager for Moulding Expo at Messe Stuttgart. “We considered how we could reach the target group of buyers. It has never been possible before for buyers to combine advanced training with a very special trade fair tour in Stuttgart,” said Niethammer.

Exclusive tours of Moulding Expo are planned for participants in the BME Forum. “We are delighted that the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) will support us with its expertise during the tours of the trade fair,” said Niethammer. Alfred Graf Zedtwitz from the VDMA Tool Manufacturing Association will act as the tour leader at 15.30 on 6 May 2015. One day later, Ralf Dürrwächter and VDWF Vice Chairman Anton Schweiger will perform this task at 15.15. “We will collect the buyers in shuttle buses and then offer them an exclusive tour of the trade fair under expert guidance,” said Florian Niethammer.

The BME Forum will feature a number of first-class speakers, including Bettina Planegger from Daimler AG, Sinasi Oezen from Robert Bosch GmbH and Chris Groger from Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH. However, Professor Thomas Seul, President of the VDWF and Vice-Rector of Schmalkaldenwird University of Applied Sciences, will talk about German tool manufacturing as an innovation leader in global competition, developments on the market, the challenges in tool purchasing and the success strategies in this respect.

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