"With the economy constantly in the news, there was a degree of uncertainty as to what the Outdoor 2013 would bring. The answer is confirmation that the weather still plays a crucial role in the fortunes of our industry and whilst the economic conditions have been challenging in the first half of 2013, the mood of the industry is still positive and there is still growth to look forward to”, said Mark Held, Secretary General of the European Outdoor Group (EOG), in summing things up at the close of the show.
"The best, most fitting weather possible throughout the entire show put everyone in good spirits, both in the exhibition halls and outside, and even out on the campgrounds. The unique spirit of the OutDoor was on display once again”, said a pleased Klaus Wellmann, CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen, on the last day of the show.
Project leader Stefan Reisinger adds: "The OutDoor has once again proved that it is the world’s best address for the entire industry.” The organisers were also pleased that this year’s show enjoyed a strong international presence. Strong growth was especially registered from non-European countries such as Chile, USA, India and Indonesia.
In total, 913 exhibitors from 42 countries presented the outdoor industry’s newest products and innovations across 85 000 square meters (915,000 sq. ft.) - and with great success, as Neil Bradley, Commercial Director at Arc’teryx, EMEA confirms.
"We are really pleased with the energy and spirit of the show. Even though the market has experienced a cold and wet spring, our wholesale partners are reporting extremely strong growth. The outdoor show is a great environment for us to showcase our brand to our European customers and is critical to our business strategy.” Deuter’s appearance at the show was just as successful, reports Deuter CEO Martin Riebel: "Our customers and importers were all represented in Friedrichshafen. We are very positive as far as developments in the new year are concerned. We see the future somewhat different than others do and expect growth of 5 to 6 percent at the global level.”
Tom Ryll, Director of Business Development at Pacsafe Europe, is also looking optimistically to the future: "It is and remains the number one trade show for everyone who has anything to do with the outdoor business - even after 20 years.
“We consider two points to be important for the future: Be more innovative and don’t make ‘me too’ products, and be a brand with your own unique characteristics. Both are the case for Pacsafe. We therefore see a lot of potential for 2014 and beyond.”
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