Every year, VBA Service GmbH organizes the "International Trade Exhibition Recovery and Towing", IFBA for short, in conjunction with the VBA Association Days.
This trade fair has been held since 1973 and is enjoying increasing popularity at home and abroad. In the meantime, IFBA has become the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe, focusing solely on specific industries.
In 2003 the 30th anniversary of the fair was celebrated. Although IFBA is a little older at 30, it has not lost any of its appeal. It has been continuously developed over the years. In 2001, the VBA developed a trend-setting concept for the future together with its industry members. Already in 2002 the IFBA in Leipzig was able to convince with the new approaches.
IFBA is becoming increasingly popular with vehicle manufacturers, accessory producers, the specialist trade and of course users. In recent years, this top-class trade fair has become a meeting place for VBA members and numerous contractual partners and service providers to exchange ideas and information.
The IFBA supporting programme offers attractive events. The VBA offers trade visitors practical workshops that deal with the everyday problems of towing companies. Among other things, information will be provided on the Dekra damage network, personal protective equipment, the vehicle manufacturer's installation guidelines and information on DGUV-I 214-010 (formerly BGI 800) "Safety measures in the event of breakdown/accident assistance, recovery and towing". Pure action is the order of the day on the open-air site.
Practical demonstrations are shown on a special demonstration area. The visitor can see individual emergency vehicles and special technical products in action. Here, the function of the lifting goggles can be observed just as much as the correct and effective use of a superstructure crane when loading passenger car models and the use of air cushions for recovering heavy commercial vehicles.
Naturally, the manufacturers of superstructures, equipment and accessories for daily work dominate at this fair. Car manufacturers, vehicle body builders, crane manufacturers present their latest developments and products at the trade fair every year. Numerous international body manufacturers use IFBA to present their products to German towing companies.
In addition, there are numerous exhibitors who can offer the entire range of needs of an entrepreneur in the recovery and towing industry. The circle here ranges from suppliers of special forms and printed matter to suppliers of IT systems designed for specific industries. As this is a sales exhibition, numerous investments are made during the fair.
The exhibitors not only provide information about products and business-related services. The forms of cooperation between the specialist companies in the sector and their "customers" are also presented. To this end, insurers, automobile clubs, car rental companies and emergency call organisations will present themselves with their own exhibition stands. Intensive discussions are preprogrammed.
IFBA is also considered by trade and motoring journalists to be the "first address" for this special trade. Editors of commercial vehicle trade journals, daily newspapers and information services use the international trade fair as a basis for text and photo contributions.
For the VBA this is a welcome opportunity to demonstrate the efficiency and quality of its recovery and towing operations and to publish important information about the industry.
As the leading association in the recovery and towing business, the VBA offers a very attractive industry platform with IFBA. Celebrations are not neglected in the industry either, two evening events during the fair days invite you to socialize.