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Countdown for Le Bourget

Volkmar Held
As a freelance writer, Volkmar Held reports for voestalpine on topics that move people. The content of his stories ranges from archaeometallurgy to future technologies.

Preparations for the Böhler Aerospace appearance at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2015 start two years in advance. The last six months are truly hectic.

The Special Steel Division companies BÖHLER Edelstahl, BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik, BÖHLER Bleche and BÖHLER Profil are all appearing under the Böhler Aerospace umbrella brand. In 2015 they will be joined by voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation for the first time at this year’s Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. From June 15 to 21 the companies will be presenting their joint aerospace competence as reliable suppliers of highest-quality materials and components to the aerospace industry at the world’s large aerospace trade show.

Long-term planning

Exhibition planner Kurt Weidhofer (© voestalpine Edelstahl)

Exhibition planner Kurt Weidhofer (© voestalpine Edelstahl)

Once product management has officially decided to appear at the show, preparations begin for Kurt Weidhofer, exhibition planner at Böhler Edelstahl. Work begins two years in advance on the voestalpine companies appearance at a trade fair such as the Paris Air Show 2015.  For Le Bourget, registration in January 2014 marked the start of the tightly packed trade show timetable. Requirements ranging from positioning the infrastructure through to catering, access to WLAN, power and water connections, all need to be clarified in a series of individual steps; a fire alarm in the wrong place is enough to jeopardize starting on time. Safety regulations are particularly strict at Le Bourget.

A house in just 6 days

x-6, chalet 110 during construction (© voestalpine Edelstahl/Weidhofer)

x-6, chalet 110 during construction (© voestalpine Edelstahl/Weidhofer)

One week before the show opens a German exhibition company builds the voestalpine show chalet, including walls, ceilings, floors, stairs, installations and air conditioning: 140 m² on two levels, including furnishings. ‘Handover’ takes place on June 14. If anything is missing or needs correcting, then a long night shift will be unavoidable.




"You can compare it to building a private house – but with a construction time of just 6 days!"
ZitatKurt Weidhofer, Exhibition planner at Böhler Edelstahl

Consistent sustainability

The Böhler companies’ obligation to deal with resources in a responsible and sustainable manner also extends to their trade show appearance. That’s why the chalet is built using modular exhibition units. With parts renewed and updated, the system will be used again at the next trade show. “An example to others,” is the verdict, when compared to the actions of other exhibitors.

Exhibition routine

Graphic design, organizing appointments, determining internal booth schedules and other details are all a matter of routine for Kurt Weidhofer. Meetings are usually scheduled in advance. The employees must be available from 08:30 am to 06:00 pm to meet other guests and visitors on public days.  A local company will organize the catering for the 40 employees and their guests.

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Volkmar Held