Hamburg, Husum to share wind fair

Hamburg and Husum will host a major international and German-focused wind-power event in alternate years, officials from trade fair organisations in both cities said.

Hamburg will host an international wind fair in even-numbered years, starting in 2014 while Husum – which traditionally staged Germany's major wind event every two years – will hold a national wind industry fair in odd years from 2015.

Hamburg Messe CEO Bernd Aufderheide and Messe Husum CEO Peter Becker said from now on they will work together for further development of wind energy fairs.

The solution now found “ensures that the leading international wind industry fair will remain in North Germany in the long term. We will work together to move it forward and to give the onshore and offshore industries the world’s leading platform, located in Hamburg, a great centre of the wind industry,” both said in a joint statement.

“At the same time, we will continue the long tradition in Husum, focusing the contents on the concerns of the national wind market. This solution makes ideal use of the strengths of the two venues, combining to offer the wind industry exactly what it wants,” they added.

Hamburg and Husum have been engaged in a battle over recent months over which has the best credentials to hold the German fair, which is one of the highlights of the European wind calendar.

Arguments have been advanced for both Hamburg, which is much easier to get to and where several large wind energy companies have their headquarters, or relatively remote Husum, which has held the 30,000-visitor event since 1989.

The organisers have given the industry a solution it wanted, said Uli Wachholtz, president of UVNord, the federation of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein’s industry associations.

Germany’s wind industry association BWE also said it supports the agreement.

“We represent about 20,000 members, who are active in different markets and therefore have different expectations for a wind energy trade fair,” said BWE President Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch.

Andreas Nauen, chairman of the wind energy sector at engineering industry association VDMA and CEO of wind turbine manufacturer Nordex, said the agreement creates the basis to keep the leading international wind industry fair in Germany in the long term, and expand it further.

“At the same time, the new trade fair concept takes account of the regional requirements of the North German market. We are confident that this cooperation will give a strong basis for the long-term future, with the full support of the wind industry,” Nauen said.

Note: Updates earlier version with further detail and comments