|Event organizer, Rainer Gsell (centre) from DSV (photo: Frances McKim).|
|Naturally, German companies were well represented within the exhibitio (photo: Frances McKim).|
Editor’s note: Delegates and exhibitors gathered in Dortmund, Germany Feb. 18-19 for Eurocido. Frances McKim, editor of UK-based Pest magazine filed the following report for PCT.
Organized by DSV (the German Pest Control Association) this was the 9th such event and it was staged in its traditional home of the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund. Each year the number of exhibitors has grown to such an extent that this year it expanded into a second exhibition hall. In total there were over 60 exhibitors and the organizers claimed that there were nearly 2,000 visitors.
Naturally, the majority of visitors were German pest controllers with all the leading German pest control manufacturers and distributors present. However, the popularity of this event with international manufacturers and visitors has risen – particularly with those from Europe. From Italy, Zapi, Orma and Blue Line had stands, as did Babolna Bio from Hungary, Chrysamed from Austria, Kwizda and Lipatech from France, Plastdiversity from Portugal, Silvandersson from Sweden and Unichem from Slovenia. The largest contingent of overseas exhibitors came from the UK and included Agrisense, Bell, HQ Products, IPC, P+L Systems, Network, PestWest, Russell IPM and SX Environmental.
Certainly the event has its own distinctive German feel as illustrated at the lavish exhibitors’ reception after day one – the German beer flowed and Olga mingled with the guests! What also caught attention was the stand cooking-up certain insects for consumption by the delegates. Meal worms and locusts may not have been on your lunch menu, but delegates seemed keen to have a try – to such an extent supplies of raw materials began to run low.
While these events all appear to be very similar with the same pest control products from multi-nationals on display, on closer inspection the differences start to appear. For example, at PestWorld bedbug products were much in evidence. At Eurocido you had to search hard to spot any mention of them at all – in fact one of the accompanying seminar talks was all about the protection of bumblebees and the relocation (rather than destruction) of wasps nests. What was much more evident was the number of stands promoting green pest control by using the likes of pheromones and the release of beneficial insects such as Trichogramma parasitizing wasps.
Introduced for the first time this year, the German version of Pest Control News organized an evening event for 270 people. A drinks reception was followed by an excellent buffet and was accompanied by live entertainment from a comic, a ballroom dancing demonstration by the German national champions and a band who got the guests to their feet on the dance floor.
All in all, Eurocido lived up to, or surpassed, everyone’s expectations. The 10th one will be held on a similar date, at the same venue in two years time.