Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany –

Those of you who are not looking forward to the long winter after such a short summer will be pleased to know that you can yet still jet off for a few days in the name of business. Vending’s European event Eu’Vend takes place late September between 20th and 22nd in Cologne. Following successful 2003 and 2005 exhibitions this show is fast becoming one of the leading European trade fairs for the vending industry.
Here you will find a unique market place for ideas, trends and industry developments. It will take place in the new hall 8 of Cologne fairground, which is now one of the most attractive exhibition halls in Europe.

Centrally situated and a short walk across the river the organizers are expecting more than the 203 exhibitors (2005 figures) from over 19 countries, the last event in 2005 had 4,200 trade visitors through the doors so don’t get caught in the rush!

UK based exhibitors include:

The Vending Corporation – European distributor for Dixie Narco – will showcase the entire BevMax range on Stand G-041 at Eu’Vend including the very latest BevMax models. The company is also featuring the new KiosK Dual Temperature machine for vending fresh food, dairy products, beverages, snacks and confectionery. KiosK Dual Temperature facilitates the sale of products at both 3°C and 14°C from a single machine and offers outstanding value for today’s Operator. KiosK Dual Temperature also features the VendAssure™ guaranteed delivery system as standard.

The Vending Corporation will also demonstrate the Fastcorp Z400 frozen vending machine for ice cream and frozen products – the frozen vendor of choice for food manufacturers throughout the world – for which the company is the European distributor.

Global Payment Technologies (GPT) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of currency handling equipment used extensively in payment systems, ticketing, gaming and vending machines. GPT hardware, software and service offerings are used to create solutions that allow companies to offer secure and reliable currency handling. All GPT bank note validators use sophisticated optical and electronic sensors to obtain a bank note’s properties. The data from these sensors is analyzed to check a bank note’s legitimacy and denomination. Using powerful discrimination techniques, GPT’s Currency Validators can reject counterfeit bank notes while accepting over 98% of genuine bank notes. GPT supplies Currency Validators for over 50 currencies worldwide.

OASIS was founded in 1910 and started concentrating on the production of water coolers in 1935. With offices in Ireland and a manufacturing facility in Gliwice, Poland, OASIS is a leading figure in the field of the design and manufacture of bottled and pressure water coolers. At Eu’Vend they will be presenting their latest series of water coolers and dehumidifiers including the Kalix which was launched at AVEX earlier this year.

The Kalix has been designed for the European Point of Use market with all the characteristics required to meet the modern needs of water coolers today. It has been constructed around an easy to access internal metal frame that is covered with sleek plastic and sheet metal parts and incorporates an internal cup dispenser in the top of the cooler and features softly lighted electric push button taps with an easily removable drip tray plus provides enough space to fill sports bottles and even a coffee carafe.

Safer Systems (UK) Limited has established itself at the forefront of vending security worldwide. They offer a comprehensive range of bespoke security solutions for the vending and gaming industries thus ensuring each client receives a tailored security solution that is right for their business. The company will design and implement a security package that supports and complements your operational procedures – from cash handling to lock & key management.

They are also able to help you place your machines where they offer the greatest profit and keep them working for you, and not the criminal, by protecting your machines from theft, vandalism and costly shrinkage. On line they quote: “We recognise that some machines require higher levels of security than others, especially if placed in vulnerable areas with high footfall but limited security. We have therefore categorised our locking devices accordingly, offering high, medium and budget security packages to enhance the systems installed by machine manufacturers. These include our self-locking cash handling systems, security barriers and high quality locking devices.”

Westomatic is a leading manufacturer of vending machines in the UK. Privately owned and established in 1966 this company has a reputation for quality and innovation. They offer a wide range of vending machines including hot and cold beverage machines, snack, can and food machines. Their products include a range of freestanding hot and cold beverage machines as well as table-top machines for smaller sites and catering environments. In addition, Westomatic also offers a range of snack and food machines to meet your requirements for snacks, confectionery, cans, bottles and fresh food items. Their vending machines are also stylishly designed to fit into any environment, either individually or as a series of machines. Already exporting to a large number of countries including Australia, Belgium, Eire, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, they will be looking to meet customers old and new in Cologne.

The VI team will be in Cologne and covering the event so if you don’t get time to enjoy Cologne, the exhibition, the bars, the clubs(!!!!!) – read the Eu’Vend Review in our next issue.