13 September 2018: Up to 1,000 people visited the 16th European Lead Battery Conference — the largest attendance ever in the conference’s history — in Vienna last week (September 3-7). Some 837 delegates and 120 visitors viewed what was on offer at the 107 booths manned by exhibitors from more than 50 countries.
“There’s so much to see, so many stands to look at, and they all look great,” said one delegate on the second day of the conference. “We all look forward to this, it’s the highlight of the year and it’s great to talk with one’s competitors, check them out and see what everyone is doing to help this industry develop and strengthen in the face of so many challenges.
“This is such a friendly industry, many of us have known each other for years and we all look forward to it.”
Conference organizer Maura McDermott told BESB that this was the first conference that had included so much meeting space at the sides of the exhibition, which she said had gone down very well with attendees.
More than 50 presentations and workshops were held in the conference halls both upstairs and next to the exhibitors’ area.
Outside the conference other occasions were celebrated, such as the joint birthday party held by Digatron and TBS, where each marked 50 years of business and, since 2009, collaboration in China.
The event, at the historic Liechtenstein Garden Palace in Vienna, also marked Digatron CEO Rolf Beckers’ 70th birthday with a special surprise cake made in his honour in the shape of a lead acid battery (pictured).
Battery separator company Entek also laid on an exclusive dinner for its customers at the Natural History Museum of Vienna, where guests were given a private tour of the exhibits.