International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities. For four days, the two trade fairs will be devoted to repositioning the entire international sports and leisure industry, and they will play a decisive role in a successful relaunch for the sectors involved.
After more than one and a half years of digital meetings, the message from all the industry partners is that a face-to-face gathering in Cologne is essential.
“The co-located events aquanale and FSB will certainly be different this year, but the important thing is that both leading industry trade fairs will provide lasting impetus for future development. And that is exactly what everyone wants and needs. We aren’t waiting for the good old days to come back. We’re actively designing a new era,” says Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse.
At aquanale, around 180 companies from 25 countries will present the latest products and designs for modern, sustainable and innovative swimming pool and wellness facilities. They will be joined by the leading member companies of the bsw (German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness), which oversees aquanale’s event programme for industry professionals as the trade fair’s conceptual sponsor.
Key international industry players will also appear at the trade fair to showcase their innovative products to visitors from Germany and abroad. Both the private and public pool sectors will be well represented. In addition, the EWA Village will provide an additional attractive networking platform for all industry participants in the entrance area to Hall 8. The halls have been carefully planned to incorporate all the aquanale theme worlds into a clearly structured layout.
Around 270 companies from 35 countries will exhibit at FSB, occupying roughly 35,000 square metres of gross exhibition space. They will present the full spectrum of issues in the fields of public space, playground equipment, outdoor fitness, sports equipment, sports surfaces and stadium infrastructure.
FSB’s conceptual sponsor and most important partner is IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities. This year, the organisation will once again host the internationally renowned IAKS Congress as part of the trade fair.
Further key partners include FIFA and ESTC (the EMEA Synthetic Turf Council), who are looking forward to meeting their members and partner organisations at the trade fair in Cologne, as well as the BSFH (Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers), STADT und RAUM (a publisher and events organiser focusing on urban planning and open spaces), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), IAKS Germany and the Deutsche Eishockey Verband (German Ice Hockey Federation).
Together, all the partners are working to prepare a varied event programme and ensure coverage of a diverse range of issues at FSB 2021.