IWMA - International Wire & Machinery Association

 Istanbul  Cable & Wire 09

Istanbul Cable & Wire 09
2-3 November 2009, Istanbul, Turkey

"New Technology for Global Markets"


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World-leading expert keynote speaker:

Dr Heinz-Jürgen Büchner Dr Heinz-Jürgen Büchner is Vice-President, Economics and Research, at the IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG in Düsseldorf. He has been with IKB since September 2000 having previously been at the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfaltz at Mainz. From 1981-1987 he was an assistant professor at the Economics Department of the University of Bonn, having received his Ph.D with a dissertation on the ‘Economic theories of tax evasion’. His important keynote address is entitled: “Recovery of the world economy: consequences for capacities and prices of metals”. This presentation will provide all delegates with vital expert opinion on how the severe economic downturn of 2008/2009 is expected to impact on the metal industry.

Local Agency Appointed for Istanbul Conference in November 2009

Plan Tours

The joint organisers of Istanbul Cable & Wire 09 have appointed Plan Tours as the official travel agent for the technical conference.

Plan Tours is a well established leading travel company in Istanbul and will provide delegates to the conference with services including: special hotel rates at the WOW Center (the conference venue) as well as at budget hotels; a selection of sightseeing tours for delegates and their partners; coach transfer services for the conference social event and plant tours and the selection of the social event venue and entertainment programme.


To learn more about Plan Tours other services please visit www.plantours.com

Co-organisers of Istanbul Cable & Wire 09 Announce Sponsorship Opportunities

The next joint technical conference from the WAI, ACIMAF, CET and the IWMA will take place at the WOW Hotel and Convention Center in Istanbul 2-3 November 2009. A high level technical programme will be offered to an expected 200 plus international and local audience. Previous collaborations between the associations have provided both speakers and delegates with excellent networking and sales opportunities.

The organisers are offering a number of items for sponsorship at the conference, some of which have already been reserved by various organisations. To see the sponsorship opportunities available and to download a booking form please click here.

Conference Background

It has been decided that the next major biennial conference jointly organised by the WAI, ACIMAF and the IWMA will take place in Istanbul with a provisional date of 2 November 2009. Since 2003 these three key wire and cable associations have successfully collaborated in organising high quality conferences in Stresa, Prague and Bologna.

In preliminary discussions with leading organisations in the Turkish industry there has been an enthusiastic welcome for the choice of Istanbul. Its geographical location, with a foot in both Europe and Asia and ease of travelling to and from makes Istanbul ideal to attract potential delegates from Europe, the CIS and former Soviet Union republics, the Arab States and the Middle East, India and Africa. It is expected that the conference will be conducted in Turkish and English and possibly Russian.

There are important and developing industries in the wire and cable sectors, which should result in a healthy local attendance, notwithstanding the anticipated high level of interest from other countries in the region. The growth rate in the Turkish economy was approaching 10% last year and industry data indicates that exports by Turkish companies increased significantly in 2007. The market potential for prospective speakers and tabletop exhibitors will be excellent.

There are excellent prospects for local sponsorship and support, in particular from the enormous Ihlas Group with its extensive media resources, including the trade magazine BORU. Its daughter company Ihlas Fuar is the organiser of the BORU tube exhibition and has offered its full support for the wire conference.  The International Tube Association is hoping to arrange a concurrent tube conference, similar to the joint events held in Prague in 2005.

Local costs in Istanbul are competitive with other major European cities and good quality hotel accommodation is certainly better value than in many other major cities.  The city of Istanbul itself is an attractive venue to visit with ample opportunities for sightseeing tours.

Please check back to this website for the latest updates as plans for the Istanbul event are developed.