W3+ FAIR – Germany’s new networking trade fair for the optics, mechanics and electronics sectors.


A new innovative platform has been created in Wetzlar – the birthplace of the optics industry. Domestic and international experts from the three sectors will be meeting in the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar to discuss interdisciplinary technologies of the future.

The trade fair will include the following:

  • Exhibition featuring leading companies and hidden champions from the optics, mechanics and electronics sectors
  • Seminars and best practice lectures by top speakers from academia and industry – open to all
  • Recruiting mile
  • Information and knowledge transfer between experts from the three sectors
  • Contacts, Cooperative Partnerships and New Business

The new hi-tech industry forum will be sponsored by renowned partners such as Hessen Trade & Invest, FED (German Industry Association for Electronics Design), Optence, the Spectaris industry association and others.

Optics + Mechanics + Electronics: Expand your business scope and take advantage of the synergies of a multidisciplinary event to meet partners for future cooperation

The W3+ Fair will be open from 9.30 am – 5 pm on 25th and 26th March 2015.


Happy faces at the first event

Hamburg 20/02/2014

“We are happy to be here” was, according to Ralf Niggemann, Manager of Wetzlar Network and co-founder of the W3+ FAIR, the unanimous opinion of exhibitors and visitors at the new interdisciplinary W3+ FAIR trade forum. The final verdict after the two day event was overwhelmingly positive: “We have had good discussions and have made some very interesting contacts.” In addition, high-level knowledge was exchanged in the various communication forums. And there was no shortage of business either, with many companies using the new platform to make numerous deals.

A relaxed end to the day at the W3+ and Friends networking event

Hamburg 20/02/2014

At this evening event, around 200 exhibitors, partners, sponsors and their guests met for a friendly get-together at the end of the first day of the trade fair. Alfred Schopf, CEO of Leica Camera AG, and  Prof. Cameron Tropea were the high-profile keynote speakers at the evening. Mayor Wolfram Dette also dropped in. The event was used for intensive networking in small groups.

An expectant welcome to the W3+ FAIR

Hamburg 19/02/2014

The rows of seats were well filled as Christoph Rénevier, Managing Director of the event organiser, Fleet Events, officially opened the first W3+ FAIR. Wolfram Dette, Mayor of Wetzlar, confirmed that Wetzlar, with its traditional association with the optics industry, was a perfect choice and wished the trade fair every success. Horst Euler (Lahn-Dill district), Harald Semler (Department for Economic Affairs of the City of Wetzlar), Dr. Carsten Ott (Hessen Trade & Invest) and Ralf Niggemann (Wetzlar Network and co-founder of the W3+ FAIR) also had words of praise for the new networking event.

Plenty of support for the W3+ FAIR seminars

Hamburg 19/02/2014

While the first contacts are being made in the exhibition halls, the W3+ seminars provide high-level knowledge transfer. Even the events on the morning of the first day of the trade fair were well-attended, offering the audience the latest information on the subjects of LED/OLED and recruitment. And the programme offers much more, from technical best practice examples to management themes, with over 30 speakers giving attendees the opportunity to acquire high-quality, up-to-date knowledge. Workshop-style events are available in the Solution Lounge. Attendees are invited to participate actively in these.