GrindTec 2018: Three new records even before the start

30. January 2018

GrindTec 2018  -  14 – 17 March  -   Exhibition Centre Augsburg

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GrindTec 2018: Three new records even before the start


Augsburg – The GrindTec specialist trade fair will once more grow significantly in 2018. The current 630 registrations correspond to a plus of 9%. The area occupied has correspondingly grown by 3,000m² to 45,000m². In nine exhibition halls, two more than in 2016, GrindTec presents the most comprehensive offer to date with many innovations and world premieres. And GrindTec is becoming increasingly international: 44% (+2%) of the companies have their headquarters abroad. With 30 nations taking part, GrindTec attains a new best level here too.

GrindTec increasingly international: Asia on its way to Europe

Whilst the proportion of Asian companies amongst the foreign participants was 24% two years ago, this figure has meanwhile risen to 30%. The growing interest of grinding technology suppliers from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan or India is the actual growth engine of the worldwide leading platform for grinding technology. GrindTec is the perfect tradefair for these companies to present their innovations to the world market.

Switzerland traditionally at the fore

Switzerland is home to a whole number of leading grinding technology suppliers and in 2018 it is also the no. 1 amongst the international participants. With 59 exhibitors it (still) lies just ahead of Italy (54 exhibitors), but the area occupied is nearly twice as large. China follows in third place with 52 exhibitors
(+ 15). The USA is fourth with 14 participators, followed by France and Japan, each with 10 exhibitors.

 GrindTec 2018: Industry 4.0, electromobility and other megatrends

Industry 4.0, automation, networking, digitalisation and Smart Factory – these topics are currently talked about everywhere, and they are of course also represented at the GrindTec 2018. Many exhibitors, in particular manufacturers of grinding machines, control systems and software, are presenting innovative

solutions in the area of digital networking. The peripheral systems are also becoming increasingly intelligent and in this way make an important contribution to the process reliability of the production systems for grinding, polishing and lapping.

The megatrend of electromobility is also bringing sustainable changes in component manufacture. The new automobile driving technology will require large quantities short-term in order to be able to supply the market. After this, due to measures for further developmant and improvement, there will be a fast adaptation of the productions systems. Manufacturers of production resources must react here with flexible machine concepts. The corresponding solutions for swiftly changing conditions are already being presented by exhibitors at the GrindTec 2018.

The manufacturers of 5 axle tool grinding machines continue to shape the profile of the trade fair. However, the largest growth at the GrindTec 2018 is in the field of conventional grinding machines for cylindrical, internal cylindrical and flat grinding work as well as in specialized grinding machines. Machines which can be used for small and medium sized batches are in trend. This development thus satisfies the increasing individualism of products on the one hand and the E-mobility trend on the other. Short auxiliary process or set-up times will be just as decisive  for these systems as the intuitive operability of user interfaces.

What is new at the GrindTec 2018

Through the GrindTec’s considerable growth yet again, the project management has been forced to reposition a number of themes. The universities and research institutes can now thus be found as GrindTec Campus in the reception area of
hall 1, the FDPW has moved to the conference centre and the mi. publisher “Tool grinder of the year” competition is taking place in hall 4 for the first time.

The two additional halls 8 and 9 in the outdoor area of the Augsburg Exhibition Centre are also new. Apart from numerous important grinding  technology companies, the starting point for the special theme “Grinding Technology 4.0” organized by the  Konradin media group is also here in hall 8.

Special theme Grinding Technology 4.0 - Excellence in Digital Grinding                                                                                                   

The digitalisation and consistent networking of processes offers valuable optimisation potentials, particularly in grinding technology. Grinding companies in particular frequently have great requirements for information on Industry 4.0 and the special theme of Grinding Technology 4.0 – Excellence in Digital Grinding was designed for them. The participating exhibitors are presented in the competence leader Grinding technology 4.0 which the Konradin media group mav specialist magazine (hall 8, booth 8103) is publishing as an orientation aid for visitors.

FDPW – Competence centre for grinding technology

Together with its French partner association SNAFOT, the FDPW specialist association of German precision tool grinders is presenting itself in the conference centre at the Augsburg Exhibition Centre. The GrindTec forum with its lectures on current themes of the branch and the Jakob Preh school from Bad Neustadt as a specialist school for cutting tool mechanics can also be found here. Together with the GrindTec Campus, this association represents the cutting edge in research and development – the ideal complement to the comprehensive offer of GrindTec exhibitors.

GrindTec Campus – the cutting edge of research and devlopment

Numerous research institutes are represented in the foyer of hall 1. These include the chipping production competence centre of the University of Furtwangen, the Ruhr West University, the institute of chipping production (ISF) of the Dortmund Technical University, the Institute of Tool Machines and Factory Operation (IWF) of the TU Berlin, the IWT Bremen – foundation institute of material engineering, the Leibnitz University (IWF), the Rhenish Technical College Cologne GmbH – Institute of Tool and Production Technology and the WZL tool machine laboratory of the RWTH Aachen University.

Easy trade fair preparation via the  Internet

The GrindTec has become bigger yet again, making targeted preparation for the trade fair visit via the Internet all the more important. The website www.grindtec.de can be accessed from any mobile device. All functions of the  GrindTec website can also be used comfortably on site through a free-of-charge WLAN connection for visitors at the trade fair in Augsburg. The following services, amongst others, will be available: press information and photos, hall plans, activation of guest tickets, ticket shop (purchase of e-tickets or mobile passbook tickets) or the interactive exhibitor list/exhibitor search.

WWK Arena – where visitors park and exhibitors celebrate

As in 2016, visitors arriving by car can park on the nearby parking area of the WWK arena of Augsburg’s football club. A free bus shuttle brings the guests directly to the entrances of the Augsburg Exhibition Centre. The section of the B17 between the arena and the Exhibition Centre meanwhile has three lanes, so that the drive only takes a few minutes.

As two years ago, the GrindTec 2018 exhibitors‘ evening is taking place in the the exclusive business area of the WWK arena. The event was a great success, the perfect setting for a first-class “Night at the Arena”. The bus shuttle is of course also available for guests of this gala evening.

Hotel reservations via Regio Augsburg

During the GrindTec, hotels in and around Augsburg are generally fully booked. The Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH offers competent support in searching for a room, also via their online booking system (at www.regioaugsburg.de). You can reach the Regio Augsburg by telephone at +49 (0)821 – 502 07 -31/-34 or by email at hotelservice@regio-augsburg.de.


Data + Facts (As of 25.01.2018)


Trade fair dates:

Wednesday, 14 to Saturday, 17 March 2018


Opening times:

Daily 9 – 18 hr, Saturday until 17 hr


Event location:

Exhibition Centre Augsburg


Halls occupied:

Halls 1 to 9, conference centre, foyer hall 1



45,000 m² gross (2016: 42,000 m2 gross)


Number of exhibitors:

610 participating firms from 30 countries (25.01.2018)


Offer and information fields:

Tool processing  systems, grinding machines, technology, machine periphery, process technology, process periphery, management and planning, training, research & development, services


Participating countries:

Brazil, China, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Republics of Serbia Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, USA


Admission prices: 

Adults:                         €     25,--

Reduced ticket:                        €     12--

Catalogue, Visitors‘ Guide                    free


GrindTec Forum

Conference centre of the Exhibition Centre Augsburg. The lectures in the forum will be presented by      

  • FDPW specialist assoc. of German  precision tool grinders
  • FDPW Academy of cutting and grinding technology
  • Specialist magazine fertigung (m.i. publishers)
  • Specialist magazine mav (Konradin publishers) 

In 2018 the lectures will be offered in German and English (simultaneous translation). Participation is free-of-charge for GrindTec 2018 visitors.        

Programme from the middle of February at www.grindtec.de


Special theme:

Grinding technology 4.0 “Excellence in DigitalGrinding” presented by the specialist magazine mav, Konradin media group, hall 8



"Tool grinder of the year 2018“ presented by the specialist magazine Fertigung, m.i.-publishers, hall 4


Framework programme:

Wednesday, 14.03.2018                     

10:00: Official opening in the GrindTec-Forum in the conference centre of the Augsburg ExhibitionCentre

Friday 16.03.2018     

11:00: Trade fair conclusion – hall 6, Taverna Toskana


Visitors’ car park

At the WWK Arena on the B17 (Euro 7,-) Free shuttle bus service in 10-minute intervals between trade fair and WWK Arena, drive takes approx. 10 min.


Shuttle Bus Munich

Munich Airport <> Exhibition Centre  Augsburg (13. – 17.3.2018)

A shuttle bus operates between Munich Airport (Terminals 1 + 2) and the Augsburg Exhibition Centre.

(One-way journey 20,-, return journey 30,-)


Shuttle Bus train station

Augsburg station <> Augsburg Exhibition Centre (13. – 17.03)

A free shuttle bus operates between the station (Bahnhofstraße) and the Augsburg Exhibition Centre.

Info at www.grindtec.de/arrival