Valve World Expo Dusseldorf attracted 725 exhibitors from 40 countries on more than 215,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and 12,350 trade visitors from 88 nations.

Show organizers noted despite taking place during a rather subdued business climate in the industrial fittings industry, Valve World Expo posted noticeable growth in both exhibitor numbers and square feet, making it the largest Valve World Expo in Dusseldorf so far.

“As a key technology, industrial valves are indispensable for just about every segment of industry,” Messe Dusseldorf Managing Director Joachim Schafer said. “As an innovation platform and meeting point for this sector, Valve World Expo has developed into what is the international place to be today.”

About 70% of visitors to the show came from countries other than Germany. Messe Dusseldorf noted some 50% were users of valves and valve producers, followed by valve dealers, service providers and other types of skilled trade. More than 60% of attendees had purchasing and decision-making authority.

The U.S. version of Valve World Expo returns to Houston June 20-21.