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AMERICAN HARDWARE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
Terrence V. Gallagher
Manager of Communications
801 North Plaza Drive
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
847-592-3504
tgallagher@ahma.org

P.R. # AHMA12-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AHMA / USA Pavilion Exhibitors Leave Cologne with Hundreds of New Contacts and Many New Customers from Around the World

Participants in the pavilion report high interest from the 53,500+ trade visitors to the International Hardware Fair

Schaumburg, Illinois, March 14, 2012 — The American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s AHMA / USA Pavilion at the International Hardware Fair Cologne, held March 4 – 7, 2012 at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne, Germany, provided an excellent venue for American manufacturers to showcase their products to a worldwide marketplace.

As over 53,500 visitors from 132 countries shopped the aisles of the show, many thousands were drawn to AHMA’s large and prominent pavilion located at the entrance to Hall 4.2, where it has been for the past 26 International Hardware Fairs.

“In the first hours of the first day, I connected with an Italian distributor with 5,000 stores,” said John Petroci, President of Dumond Chemicals. “It has been a phenomenal show. This is my second time at the International Hardware Fair and we are planning to exhibit in the AHMA / USA Pavilion in 2014.”

Stacey Brandon, DMT Diamond Machine Technology, said:  “The AHMA / USA Pavilion always draws so many customers from so many countries to our booth. The level of service and hospitality at the Pavilion makes it easy for us to do business at the Cologne Fair.”

Ricardo Niederkofler, Sales Representative for Germany and Austria, Peli Products, said:  “The show is good to meet customers in the tool Industry. This is the place to show and see new products for the hardware and tool industry.”

John Peters, VP Global Sales, Roebic International, said:  “Traffic started off slowly but steadily improved during the course of the show. I have met with potential customers from Ireland, Spain and Russia.”

Dave Knific, Export Sales Manager, Genova Products, said:  “The show produced high quality leads from many regions around the world, beyond the boundaries of the European market.”

Peter Kahn, President, Bigg Lugg / Ningbo Magnetics, said:  “The show seemed to be well attended and I was able to see most of my old Australian and European customers. I was able to pick up new customers from Brazil, Iran and India as well as Europe.”

Timothy S. Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association, said:  “The AHMA / USA Pavilion at the International Hardware Fair was a tremendous success.  We look forward to providing our members and participating exhibitors with more opportunities to reach international customers as we plan for the 2014 Fair in Cologne as well as other shows and events around the world.”

Participating exhibitors included:  A & E Hand Tools, Atlas Homewares, American Hardware Manufacturers Association, Bigg Lugg / Ningbo Magnetics, DMT® Diamond Machining Technology, Dumond Chemicals, Inc., General Pipe Cleaners, Div. of General Wire Spring Co., Genova Products, Inc., H.D. Hudson Asia LTD, Home Right, Klein Tools, Inc., McKim Group, Midwest Tool and Cutlery Co. – Midwest Snips, Peli Products, Phifer Incorporated, Pinnacle Products International, Inc., Red Devil, Inc., Roebic International, Inc., Seymour of Sycamore, Inc., Thermwell Products Co., Inc., and the U.S. Commercial Service.

About the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA)

AHMA is a globally focused trade association of manufacturers, or providers, of hardware, home improvement, lawn and garden, paint and decorating, building and construction and related products, as well as manufacturers’ representative’s agencies and trade publications.

AHMA offers many valuable member and industry programs, services and activities, including the AHMA Hardlines Technology Forum, AHMA / USA International Pavilions, AHMA Advantage GPO, the AHMA eAGLE, The Hard Fax: Home Improvement Industry News, The Hard Fax International: Home Improvement Industry News from Around the World, the Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index, the AHMA Home Improvement Industry Dashboard, AHMA Home Improvement Industry Stocks, the AHMA Home Improvement Industry Calendar, the AHMA Home Improvement Industry Network on LinkedIn, AHMA News on Twitter, Government Relations Programs, Member Benefit Vendor Programs, the AHMA Hardware Industry Relief Effort (HIRE) and the AHMA / Habitat for Humanity Partnership.

For more information about AHMA, please visit www.ahma.org.

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