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The 2017 A+A PPE show opens in October

Meet the SATRA team at the A+A Safety and Security Show in D├╝sseldorf.

An important event for anyone interested in safety footwear or other personal protective equipment (PPE) is the A+A Safety & Security Show, with this year’s edition being held on October 17th-20th. The Messe Centre in the German city of Düsseldorf will once again be the home for this impressive biennial event, which has been a key meeting place for suppliers and buyers of PPE for many years. A+A is one of the largest events of its kind in the world (and easily the largest in Europe) – the 2015 show had over 1,890 exhibitors from 55 countries showcasing their products and services, and more than 65,000 specialist visitors attended from 86 countries.

 

A+A is one of the largest PPE events of its kind in the world

As usual, there are a number of special events taking place within A+A, including ‘A+A Live’, which will feature demonstrations of occupational fire protection and emergency management, a trend forum on safety and security, and a ‘meeting point’ where non-commercial exhibitors will present their work and services.

The A+A fashion show has been designed to showcase the latest in workwear and protective clothing. Manufacturers of protective wear are becoming increasingly conscious of the fashion aspect of the clothing they produce. According to the show organisers, the result has been that design and safety are no longer mutually exclusive. Protective clothing is also said to have become better performing, incorporating intelligent solutions and new materials.

Another popular feature of the A+A Show is the International PPE Trade Conference, to be held this year on 18th October and with the overall theme of ‘New dynamics in PPE distribution in a digital world’. The programme for this event is to be presented in English, and it will include a number of presentations by PPE industry figures on a variety of topics.

 

The bA+A fashion show presents the latest in workwear and protective clothing

As one of Europe’s foremost test houses and Notified Bodies for PPE, SATRA has attended this exhibition regularly for many years. For this year’s event, we will be located at stand H49 in hall 11, where we will be demonstrating a number of test machines, as well as advising visitors on the requirements of the new EU PPE Regulation and the different compliance dates involved. Being a regular exhibitor at the A+A show, SATRA welcomes to its stand many visitors who pose a variety of technical questions on the topics of testing or certification, covering the full range of SATRA’s test and Notified Body activities.

Planning ahead

At SATRA, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of CEN activities and are represented on all of the relevant Footwear CEN committees. We are, therefore, confident that we always have the latest news, developments and proposed changes. This is invaluable in providing our clients with the most up-to-date advice.

 

PPE is showcased for a wide variety of applications

As a consequence, particularly at this time leading up to a major exhibition, we find ourselves testing and certifying new products ready for launch. At SATRA, we provide a fast and efficient testing programme and can offer constructive help and advice where appropriate. Our customers find such help – from concept to certification – invaluable in reducing development times and getting their certificates quickly.

Another opportunity to discuss your PPE requirements is during the OSH India Expo at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on 23rd and 24th November 2017. SATRA will be found on stand D42.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 42 of the September 2017 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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