This year, once again, the Tube 2018 in Düsseldorf was both a meeting point for the industry and an opportunity to gauge the mood. rff presented itself under the motto “Handeln!* - with a passion”. Managing Director Michael Allexi talks about the impressions he was able to gather during the trade fair week, whilst also taking a look towards the future.
The Tube 2018 was two months ago. Have you had an opportunity to fully evaluate the fair week yet?
Michael Allexi: Day-to-day business soon has you back in its grasp. Nevertheless, I still have vivid memories of many of the conversations that I had at the Tube with customers, potential customers and suppliers. The contacts that have emerged are also promising.
I have the impression that our sales staff were able to conduct good talks. Our fair appearance and the ‘Handeln!*’ motto met with a positive response from many visitors.
You mention promising discussions with customers. How do you assess the current developments in your market segment?
Michael Allexi: The year began very promisingly for us and we could already note positive development prior to the fair. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what influence the current political and global economic developments as a whole will have on the steel market.
Generally speaking, it is always important to interpret key signals and trends at an early stage and act accordingly on the market. The Tube is a good indicator of this. Not for nothing is the fair regarded as a mood indicator by all market participants.