Excitement is building around UNITI Expo 2022
UNITI, the European trade fair for the gas station and carwash industry, will take place again this year in Stuttgart from May 17 to the 19th. According to exhibition director Elmar Kühn, 90 percent of the exhibition floor is already fully booked.
Preparations for Uniti are in full swing. After the canceled edition Of 2020, industry representatives will meet again in the exhibition halls in Stuttgart. 90 percent of the exhibition floor is already fully booked and UNITI keeps getting applications from participants from all over the world.
Elmar Kühn, managing director of UNITI-Kraftstoff GmbH gives a hint of what visitors and exhibitors can expect. In 2018, the third edition of UNITI expo gathered 467 exhibitors and 17,000 attendees from 120 countries in an exhibition space of 40,000 square meters.
After this difficult and long delay, how is UNITI expo 2022 preparing for its return in May?
Elmar Kühn: “In 2018, UNITI expo strengthened its role as a leading European trade fair for the gas station, convenience store and car wash sectors. We wanted to further strengthen and expand our position in 2020, but the Covid-19 crisis put a stop to that. Now the next event is in the starting blocks – thanks in part to the immense support of our partners. Together with the key players in each sector, we want to once again fill the halls of the Stuttgart trade fair with innovations, trends and new products for the industry.”
“The numbers look great. All major exhibitors have confirmed their presence at this year’s UNITI Expo and we are already 90 percent booked. In addition, we receive numerous registrations from trade visitors from home and abroad every day.”
Covid19 is still present. What health and safety measures can visitors expect during the three days of the fair?
“With ‘Safe Expo’, Messe Stuttgart has developed a careful hygiene and safety concept to guarantee all visitors a safe stay during the event. Thanks to the innovative infrastructure, which provides fresh air, a tight cleaning schedule and regular checks, visitors are protected in the best possible way during their stay at the fair.”
“Since the resumption of activities last September, the health measures taken to protect visitors at each event have proven their worth. This is crucial for us, as UNITI expo attaches great importance to the safety of visitors. In addition, we are very happy that in numerous European countries the restrictions on the event industry have already been lifted and that relaxations are also planned in Germany.”
In the past two years, virtual events have replaced physical trade shows. What is the value of in-person events in today’s world?
“The world may have changed a lot in these two years, but one thing remains constant: personal meetings cannot be replaced. Virtual tools have proven useful for simple tasks and regular meetings. But operators, suppliers and retailers can’t wait to do business with each other in person again. We believe that if everyone works together to ensure a safe and comfortable environment, attendees can get the most out of the experience. Messe Stuttgart has proven several times that it works.”
What are the main themes of this year’s UNITI Expo?
“Our goal is to always keep our ear to the ground when it comes to changes in the industry. That’s why we’re covering the latest developments in the theme areas of ‘Technology, Payments & Logistics’, ‘Carwash & Carcare’, ‘Petroleum Companies & Petroleum Trading’ and ‘Shop & Convenience’. Together with our partners, we have put together a comprehensive program with specialist lectures and presentations on new consumer trends and innovations in service at gas stations, convenience stores and car washes. We are also dealing with a topic that affects the entire value chain: the future of alternative fuels.”
“We also focus on new technologies that have recently changed both consumer behavior and business strategies. UNITI expo aims to help industry professionals stay ahead of technological developments and make the most of new business opportunities.”