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Stefan Hunkeler has high expectations for Innovationdays

Published on February 15, 2011

Innovationdays 2011 is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees to Lucerne, Switzerland. Cary speaks with CEO Stefan Hunkeler about their prestigious event.

Cary:  Hi, I'm Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com and I'm here with Stefan Hunkeler.  We're here at Hunkeler Innovationdays and beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland.

Stefan Hunkeler:  The weather is nice.

Cary:  The weather is beautiful.  Maybe you can talk a little bit -- I know that a lot of work has gone into planning this exhibition and perhaps you could talk a little bit about how it's meeting your expectations and what we're seeing in terms of the attendance at the show.

Stefan Hunkeler:  We are very satisfied.  Our people did a great job.

Cary:  Good.

Stefan Hunkeler:  It's a lot of work to do but we are overwhelmed by the visitors -- the numbers of visitors.  We have more 5,000 registered people.  In one day 4,000 should be in the hall and will be a big fight to serve the customers and show them the latest applications.

Cary:  And finding space in the lunchroom.

Stefan Hunkeler:  Okay.  That's sounds also, yes.

Cary:  From how many different countries are people coming?

Stefan Hunkeler:  We have more or less 70 -- people coming from 70 countries, yes.

Cary:  Wow, that's great.  And I guess you have quite a big contingent from North America.

Stefan Hunkeler:  Yes, there are 250 Americans coming.  So that's quite a big number.

Cary:  So from a Hunkeler's perspective, you do this every other year, right?

Stefan Hunkeler:  Yes.

Cary:  And from a Hunkeler perspective, what are your objectives for this show?  I mean, why do you do this?

Stefan Hunkeler:  For us it's a great opportunity to present our power and to show our business model. It means partnering with many, many different companies.  Big, huge companies and smaller companies.  So for us it's a perfect platform to show our competence.

Cary:  And so 2013 will be the next one then?

Stefan Hunkeler:  Absolutely.  We plan it already, yes.

Cary:  That's great.  We'll look forward to seeing that.

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