Planning is now well underway for the Vertical Pro, a trade show to be held in Friedrichshafen on November 19 and 20, 2021. In addition to partnerships with the German Alpine Club (DAV) and the International Adventure Park Association (IAPA), Germany’s trade and interest association for rope-assisted work methods FISAT is also participating in the premiere event in Friedrichshafen. “FISAT represents the seal of quality for those who work at height, which makes us all the more pleased to have these experts on board at the Vertical Pro. We are confident that everyone involved will benefit from this partnership,” Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann says.
As the advocacy organization for those who use rope-assisted methods in their work, FISAT is primarily committed to the standardization of related occupational safety guidelines. For more than 25 years, it has been ensuring that its members’ work methods are recognized as safe by authorities, professional associations, and clients. Sven Drangeid, Head of the FISAT office, is also optimistic: “The requirements for safety and responsibility that employees and entrepreneurs have to meet are extremely high. Having the chance to engage in discussion with various related industries and stakeholders at the Vertical Pro offers us all the opportunity to grow and change for the better.”
The practical experiences available at the event are also not to be missed, with the sky literally being the limit in the Demo/Test Area. There it will be possible to take advantage of optimal vertical testing opportunities, including climbing and bouldering walls as well as sections of high-rope courses for product testing, demonstrations, and practical workshops. The organizers of the fair attach particular importance to the extensive program of lectures and seminars that will be on offer. The broad spectrum of subject matter is slated to include topics ranging from materials science and standards to current developments in the market through to best practice examples from tree care, mountaineering, and high-altitude rescue, to name a few. Experts from DAV, IAPA, and FISAT will be sharing their highly specialized knowledge from areas such as climbing route construction, safety engineering, and insurance for climbing gym and high rope course operators. Exhibitors will also have the opportunity to present their new products on stage as well as in conference rooms.
The first prominent commitments on the exhibitor side, such as Edelrid, Skylotec, and Petzl, confirm the need for a cross-divisional platform for professionals and the topic of safety at height as well as the fundamental Messe Friedrichshafen credo of bringing about physical meetings with people, products, and topics “up close and personal” as live events.
The Vertical Pro will be held as a trade show for the first time in Friedrichshafen on November 19 and 20, 2021.