FSB 2017 injects momentum into the industry with future-oriented themes

It’s that time again, and final preparations are underway ahead of the launch on 7 November 2017 of FSB, the leading International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool facilities. Around 650 companies from 45 countries will be presenting their innovations, products and services until 10 November, transforming Cologne for the twenty-fifth time into the most important global forum for the sports facilities, swimming pools and open spaces sectors to discover trends, make new contacts and communicate. “The industry highlight is greatly anticipated. Thanks to its international appeal, its innovative strength and its product portfolio as well as the unique synergies with the co-located aquanale trade fair, the status of FSB 2017 as an international platform for business and information has been considerably increased”, says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, optimistically. With the expected high demand for the renovation and new construction of sports and leisure facilities, combined with the financial constraints felt by cities and municipalities, the industry is faced with major challenges, requiring creativity and innovation in order to realise projects. As such, many industry representatives are looking forward to FSB introducing innovations and thus momentum to the sectors involved. After all, the trade fair – whose concept developer is the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) – is considered the world’s most important gathering for the industry. With around 60 per cent of exhibitors and visitors coming from abroad, the trade fair is moving at the highest level. In addition, more than 85 per cent of visitors are involved in purchasing and procurement decisions. With a high-quality supporting programme like the IAKS Congress featuring the IOC/IAKS Award and the seventh International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum, visitors and exhibitors are offered a substantial edge in terms of information.

Around 650 exhibiting companies from 45 countries are expected to attend FSB 2017, of which 60 per cent are coming from abroad. Almost all of the national and international key accounts will be attending. The largest contingents are travelling from Italy, the Netherlands and France alongside Poland, China and Spain.

The layout of the halls for FSB and aquanale is again based on the successful “themed halls” concept. This concept ensures that synergies are exploited even better and that additional business networks can be established at both national and international level. Halls 6 and 7 will be devoted to private and public swimming pools as well as the sauna, spa and wellness sectors of the aquanale trade fair, clearly divided into six themed areas, with trends and innovation for operators of public swimming pools of all types exhibited in Hall 7. The International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum will again form the link between FSB and aquanale and thus between the topics and issues arising in the private and public swimming pool sectors. This year, the programme’s focus during the four days of the trade fair will be on apprenticeships and continuing professional development, employee training, standardisation and health & safety, build–operate–transfer models and thermal baths as a tool for developing tourism, as well as architecture, design and materiality. The award-winning projects that received the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture Prizes 2017 in the Pools, Spas and Wellness Facilities category will be presented for the first time at the forum.

In cooperation with the EWA (the European Waterpark Association), an exciting special event centred on this subject and entitled “Materiality – Immateriality” will be staged, which will present operators with exciting and innovative materials in swimming pool construction. The amenity areas/playground equipment section will once again be located in Hall 7. Here the tried-and-tested partners are the Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller (BSFH/Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers) for the playground equipment segment, as well as STADT und RAUM magazine for the amenity areas segment. Together with their partners BSFH and STADTundRAUM, in addition to attractively designed themed areas, FSB is also presenting content-related forums with added value for municipalities, planners and landscape architects.

In the sports facilities sector, which will be located in Halls 9 and 10, organisations that FSB can once again count among its partners are: the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the BSI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie/German sports equipment industry association) with its sports- and gymnastics equipment quality assurance association, as well as the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO), the World Basketball Association, FIBA as well as FIFA.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) will be represented on a dedicated stand in Hall 10.2 with the state sports associations (Landessportbünde/LSB) of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Württemberg as well as, for the first time, the German Football Association (DFB). The Federal Institute of Sports Science (BISp) is another long-standing cooperation partner. The DOSB and the state sports associations will be showing examples of how best practice with regard to climate protection and resource preservation in the construction, modernisation and renovation of sports facilities can be achieved. The state sports federations will also inform about proven consultation concepts for sports facilities.

The 25th IAKS Congress will provide knowledge transfer and information exchange at the highest level. On all four days, operators and planners will be discussing trends in architecture, best practice in the operation and management of sports facilities and solutions that enable athletic peak performance as well as introducing groundbreaking projects in sports infrastructure. This is where top decision makers from technical and operational management and from municipalities, planning offices, sports associations and unions come in order to gather information. With the awarding of the IOC/IPC/IAKS architecture prize, sports and leisure facilities that are examples of both good design and functional success will be rewarded. The IAKS Congress will be concentrating on the thematically complex tasks required of municipalities to ensure that they position themselves as healthy living environments in the future. This is a task involving a complex range of ideas, and new approaches to the financing, implementation and sustainable operation of sports and leisure facilities are essential in order to meet this challenge. The programme for the 25th IAKS Congress 2017 will incorporate various events, including presentations, podium discussions and workshops. Experts in the planning, construction, modernisation and management of sports and leisure facilities will guarantee an exciting exchange of ideas about new approaches and strategies, as well as a long-term and insightful knowledge transfer.

In conjunction with its long-standing partner STADTundRAUM Fairs and Media GmbH, FSB 2017 will be presenting “People and spaces on the path to tomorrow”: this collaboration will be presenting workshops, themes for the congress, the PlanerForum and a special event focused on current topics such as mobility, the opening-up of school playgrounds, urban planning, local interventions and the development of urban neighbourhoods, as well as issues such as multigenerational communities, accessibility and areas for exercise and recreation. As a part of the PlanerForum, the German Association of Landscape Architects (BDLA) will be putting on a BDLA Day. In short lectures, various member offices will give an insight into the comprehensive spectrum of activities of landscape architects. In 2017, the German amenities prize will be awarded already for the twelfth time by STADTundRAUM Fairs and Media GmbH in association with GALK (Deutsche Gartenamtsleiterkonferenz/Directors of the German Municipal Gardens and Parks Conference) at the Deutscher Städtetag (DST/Association of German Cities and Towns) and the Deutscher Olympischer SportBund (DOSB/German Olympic Sports Confederation). This year an expert jury will assess and distinguish exemplary playgrounds with a model approach under the motto "Themed playgrounds".

The participation of the BSFH (Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- & Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller e.V./Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers) will focus on the social relevance of the theme of the “playground as an area of physical activity. For two days of the trade fair, a programme of lectures and workshops will take place – led by the BSFH, the trade journal “Playground & Landscape” and Koelnmesse.

A number of workshops and themes at the congress will address the issues of “sports infrastructure” and “infrastructure that promotes physical activity”. Especially worthy of note in this context are the themes of safety at major sporting events and sustainability of sports facilities and spaces. One activity taking place at FSB will be a three-hour event on the "Safety of major sporting events", organised by Koelnmesse, the SiKomFan research project, the Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund (Confederation of German cities and municipalities) and Sportnetzwerk.FSB.

The trade fair concept SPORTNETZWERK.FSB, a cooperative venture of Koelnmesse and Sportstättenrechner, also focuses on the theme of the infrastructure of stadiums and arenas. In an exhibition area of more than 800 m², a networking area will be designed that focuses on an indoor arena. Here trade visitors have the possibility to test products in use live – whether stands, sports flooring, band systems, sports equipment and other stadium equipment.

Under the title "The nation needs new ice rinks! - An initiative to promote ice hockey youth and mass sports in Germany“, the German ice hockey federation (DEB), the ice hockey association of North Rhine-Westphalia and partners invite to an information and discussion event in the context of the FSB to discuss possibilities and chances.

Further information is available at: www.fsb-cologne.comKoelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include the LivingKitchen China/CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the network of the interior decorating industry, Koelnmesse offers direct access to relevant products, contacts, competence and events.

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