The highlight of an industry

Every year, VBA Service GmbH organises the "International Trade Exhibition Bergen und Abschleppen" (IFBA) in conjunction with the VBA Association Days...

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The IFBA over time...

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    2020

    2020 is now approaching fast...

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    2019

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    Exhibitor plan 2019

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    2018

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    Exhibitor plan 2018

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    2017

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    In 2017 the organiser and the association together with the training academy stood for the first time directly in the main entrance building to welcome all trade fair visitors, who were able to admire old towing vehicles in a separate vintage vehicle hall.

    Exhibitor plan 2017

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    2016

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    In 2016 the number of visitors topped everything that had gone before. The first IFBA presentation video, shot in this year, proved that.

    Exhibitor plan 2016

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    2015

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    Exhibitor plan 2015

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    2014

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    The growing internationality was strongly noticeable from 2014 onwards and the number of trade visitors from Europe swelled considerably. This trend would continue over the next few years.

    Exhibitor plan 2014

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    2013

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    Exhibitor plan 2013

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    2012

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    Exhibitor plan 2012

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    2011

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    Exhibitor plan 2011

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    2010

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    The association was once again able in 2010 to maintain the visitor and exhibitor level. The increase in the number of foreign exhibitors in this year was particularly pleasing.

    Exhibition plan 2010

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    2009

    2009 – start of the economic crisis and trade show decline. However, the IFBA defied all the bad omens and offered the visitors an even wider range of offerings and products, so that a positive tenor outweighed the general mood. The resurrected exhibitors' party no doubt played its part in that.

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    2008

    A further hall, exhibition hall 4 was also added to the IFBA exhibition space in 2008. This trade fair had the largest area of all time and was also well used with a record attendance.

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    2007

    In 2007, two further halls were added to the IFBA in Kassel. The halls that had been used up to that point were joined by the exhibition halls 3 and 11. Hall 11 was dedicated to the subject of oil spills and the oil spill clean-up providers thus had a practice area of their own – the "oil spill alley" – at their disposal.

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    2006

    2006 was the year of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The IFBA also couldn't escape the World Cup and the feverish expectations could be felt at every booth on the Friday of the trade show. The 4-2 result against Costa Rica was fittingly celebrated at a joint World Cup evening.

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    2005

    In addition to the familiar halls, the IFBA in 2005 offered a new highlight: the exhibitors invited the trade fair visitors for the first time to a trade fair party in the evening. This new item was joyfully accepted and the party carried on until late in the night.

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    2004

    A further exhibition hall was added in 2004 so that halls 1, 2, 12 and 13 of the Kassel Exhibition Centre now belonged to the IFBA. Hall 12 was dominated by the ProLux company, who presented a very special offering to the visitors on their show stage.

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    2003

    For its 30th birthday the IFBA 2003 "wandered" permanently to the Kassel Exhibition Centre. With three exhibition halls and the outdoor area, it offered professional space like never before and was gratefully accepted by the exhibitors. An international meeting of historic vehicles was also organised, at which prizes were awarded.

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    2002

    The first IFBA in the former East Germany took place at the Ramada Treff in Leipzig in June 2002. Despite initial criticism and the reinstated workshops and demonstrations, this trade fair was also a success.

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    2001

    The general motto of the IFBA 2001 in Neuss was "Safety costs money". BGI 800 (now the DGUV-I 214-010) was presented here.

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    2000

    The trade fair in 2000 in Frankfurt am Main had the same number of exhibitors, but reduced exhibition space. Tadano Faun presented an innovation in the form of the newly developed BKF 35-4.

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    1999

    The IFBA 1999 in Braunlage (Harz mountains) was very well attended. As part of the trade show programme, Volker Sonnenburg, as managing director of the GDV DL, held a lecture on the subject of emergency telephone takeover.

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    1998

    The trade fair took place at the same venue in 1998.

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    1997

    The first Actros 1931 L was presented by the Kübler company in 1997 at the IFBA at the Queens Hotel in Neu-Isenburg (near Frankfurt).

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    1996

    The IFBA 1996 took place in Frankfurt am Main, where various exhibitors made the trade fair visitors and member companies aware for the first time of the importance of data processing / EDP.

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    1995

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    In 1995 the IFBA took place once again in Neuss.

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    1994

    In 1994 the IFBA was held in Neuss (near Düsseldorf) and offered the visitors more exhibition space than ever before. The cleaning up of oil spills was presented for the first time by the Dietrich company of Siegen.

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    1993

    20 years of the IFBA – in 1993 it was the largest result to date, taking place on the car park of the Maritim Hotel in Würzburg. Together with the 30th anniversary of the association it was fittingly celebrated in the context of a luxuriant gala evening.

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    1992

    In 1992 the IFBA took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Gravenbruch (near Frankfurt), where the Bro company (Sweden) presented its high quality to the interested visitors.

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    1988

    25 years of the VBA were fittingly celebrated in April 1988 on the car park of the Dorint Hotel in Lahnstein, Rhineland-Palatinate in the context of the Recovery and Towing Trade Exhibition. More members than ever before came to Lahnstein for this event. It was also visited by representatives from the IFRS as well as the Lord Mayor of the City of Lahn, who accepted donations from a tombola for charity. The event in 1989, also in Lahnstein, followed on from the preceding success.

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    1985, 1986, 1987

    In the spring of 1985, 1986 and 1987, the trade exhibition took place over two days under the title "Vehicle and Accessory Exhibition" at the Holiday Inn, Sulzbach (Hessen).

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    1983

    1983 – 20 years of the VBA and 10 years of the IFBA. This was fittingly celebrated in March at the Hotel Römerkastell in Köngen (Baden-Württemberg) within the context of the "Exhibition of Cranes and Towing Vehicles (new and used), Accessories, etc."

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    1982

    The exhibition that took place in late March 1982 at the Holiday Inn in Sulzbach was quite short. The exhibition was open on the first day (Saturday) from 2 pm to 6 pm and on the second day from 10 am to 5 pm.

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    1979

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    Six years later, in 1979, companies such as Leo Gottwald KG, Grove GmbH and KATO exhibited heavy recovery equipment in Miltenberg.

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    1973

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    1973 was a historic date: The 10th birthday of the VBA e.V. and at the same time the birth of the "International Recovery & Towing Exhibition". It took place for the first time in spring 1973 in Miltenberg on a hotel car park.

    At that time, however, it was still called the VBA Musterschau (VBA Sample Show).

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