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The Hardware Show 2017 - Biggest Show Ever

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce, with three months to go, that The Hardw...


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‘Trees - Our Past, Our Present, Our Future’ National Tree Week

The aims of National Tree Week are to promote the planting of trees, to create an awareness about the heritage of trees and woodlands and to recognise the significance of trees and forests as a living link to our past, as an enjoyable, life-enhancing asset in the present, and as a wise investment in our future.

The Official Opening of National Tree Week in South Dublin County Council will by held in Griffeen Valley Park beside the Sports centre in Lucan. The Mayor, Councillor Catriona Jones, will plant a tree in Griffeen Valley Park with the children from Scoil Esker Riada, Lucan.

The Parks Department has prepared a programme of planting events in schools around the county. The events are designed to be fun and informative with the children involved in planting the trees with Council staff on hand to demonstrate how to plant trees correctly and to help the children learn how to identify the different types of trees being planted.

Despite significant planting programmes in recent years, Ireland remains one of the least wooded countries in Europe. Tree in cities, gardens, parks and woodlands are important carbon sinks and play a significant role in combating climate change.

National Tree Week 2012 is a chance for everyone to do something positive for their local landscape.

Why plant more trees?

  • Forests absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen
  • The non timber benefits of forestry include bio-diversity, carbon sequestration, wood biomass energy and recreation.
  • Ireland’s forests provide an opportunity to conserve bio-diversity at local and national level.
  • Ireland’s forests provide a potential for wood to displace fossil fuels.
  • Irish forests provide valuable areas for exercise and recreation.
  • Trekking through Irish forests is an important aspect of ‘Walking Tourism’.
  • Wood is uniquely renewable among building material.
  • Even if you have very little space to plant, by doing something as simple as planting one tree, you can play your part in helping the environment.

By thinking locally, we can act globally!

National Tree Week is sponsored by Coillte and The Department Of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

Featured Event

05
Mar
2017

05 March 2017 - 06 March 2017

RDS Simmonscourt @ Simmonscourt, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

The Hardware Show 2017

Date & Time: Sunday 5th & Monday 6th March 2017 from 9.30 - 5.00pm.

The Hardware Show 2017, Ireland’s premier trade event for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March at the new larger venue of RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Off the back of increased confidence in the industry, the show is set to be the biggest event of its kind next year.

Kieran Burke, Commercial Director of Grafton Merchanting ROI and Vice-President of Hardware Association Ireland, comments: ‘The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. The Show will be larger with clear emphasis on attracting greater visitor numbers. To facilitate the ‘bigger and better’ Show, we are delighted that the Show will take place in Ireland’s premier conference facility, RDS Simmonscourt. I would encourage all stakeholders in the industry to participate, it’s your Trade Show!

The show will feature:

  • Innovation Awards
  • Presidents Ball
  • Hardware Education Hub
  • Industry Advice & Presentations
  • HAI Hub
  • All the Latest Products and Innovations
  • Over 3500sqm Exhibition

Organized by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the industry’s trade association, the biennial show is already 66% sold with over 2,400sqm taken and has the capacity to go to 3,600sqm. New features of the show include a Demonstration Zone, involving best practice and handling for tools and products from four key areas – Building Materials, Paint/Décor, DIY/Hardware and Plumbing/Bathrooms; a Skills Zone where apprentices will show off their skills in the areas of Electrical and Plumbing and HAI have joined forces with Google who will bring the latest innovation and technology to the show.

The Hardware Show is recognized for bringing together leading brands across the retail and merchant sector and the extra capacity at the RDS means more opportunities for suppliers and visitors alike.

Companies who have already booked space include ABC Abrasives, Amalgamated Hardware, Ames True Temper, Aquasource Distributors, Arc Building Products, B&G, Birkdale Sales, Bostik Industries, Brett Martin, Calor Gas, Canadia Distributors, Classic Hardware, Contech, Core Software, CPL Fuels, Crown Paints, CQFD Profiles, Curust, John Dargan & Sons, Deanta Doors, DFE Ltd, Donal Lynch Hardware, Dosco, Draper Tools, DS Supplies, Dulux, Eastern Agencies, Ecological Building, Fleetwood, Frisco, Gorilla Glue, Henkel, Herbst Software, Homeline, IITC, IKO Ltd, Intact Siftware, Irish Cement, Jefferson Professional Tools & Equipment, John Murphy Castlerea, Keypoint Abrasives, Kilsaran, Larsen Building Products, Locks & Hardware, McLoughlins RS, N and C Enterprises, OHRA Regalanlagen GmBH, Olympics Fixings Ireland, Pipelife, Portwest, Rawlplug, Regatta Professional, Retail Distribution Systems, Rhino Distribution, Ronseal, Shop4choice, Sika Everbuild, Snickers Workwear, Solus Bulbs, St. Gobain, Stafford Fuels, Tegral, Timco, Tucks Fasteners, Tucks O’Brien, United Hardware, Uppercross Enterprises, Varian IS & Co, Waterford Stanley, WEEE Ireland, Westaro Hosing, Whiteriver Group and Wood Concepts.

More brands and additional show features will be announced over the coming months.

Annemarie Harte, CEO of HAI said: "We are delighted that having made the move to the RDS the industry has responded well and with just under six months to go we are in excess of 50% exhibitor space sold. We are responding by introducing new features to attract more visitors and to ensure this will be the biggest and best show yet.”

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About Hardware Association Ireland (HAI):
Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. We uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within our membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses. HAI speaks with one consolidated voice and fulfills a unique and vital role in connecting merchants with their suppliers in a non-commercial environment. HAI members play a key role in the construction supply chain, providing an efficient and effective route to market for building material products and a vital source of credit to customers.

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