R+T 2024: Create. Sustainable. Future. TogetheR+T.

Sebastian Schmid, Vice President of Messe Stuttgart - Copyright: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

Top conditions for world’s leading trade fair / R+T 2024 focuses on sustainability


The preparations for R+T 2024 are in full swing. The world’s leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems opens its doors from 19 to 23 February 2024. The industry interest is huge: Over 1,000 exhibiting companies have registered for the upcoming trade fair where they can present their new products and services. The entire trade fair grounds with 120,000 square metres is once more fully booked. The international interest in R+T 2024 is also very high again: Around 80 percent of the exhibiting companies are coming from outside Germany, from a total of 45 countries. National and international industry giants are in the midst of preparations for their participation at the trade fair. “The signs for a successful R+T are promising. We are delighted that the industry is highly committed to the big reunion in February and looking forward to it – we are also full of anticipation and can hardly wait for it! It will be a very special trade fair experience for all participants with numerous highlights”, says Sebastian Schmid, Vice President of Messe Stuttgart, who is looking forward to the upcoming R+T 2024.


New key topic of R+T 2024


R+T 2024 uses its unique innovative abilities once again, offering all professional visitors an incredibly broad range of exhibits as well as a large variety of innovations. What is presented here in relation to roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems defines the market. In addition to industry innovations, another topic also takes centre stage at the upcoming R+T: “Sustainability is one of the key issues of our times – and is the main theme of R+T”, highlights Sebastian Schmid. “We are always keeping our eye on the market and are constantly in close contact with our exhibitors. The intensive discussions over the past few months have shown what significance the topics ‘sustainability’ and ‘energy efficiency’ have in day-to-day work and how high the demand for such products is among consumers.”


Under the motto “Create. Sustainable. Future. TogetheR+T.”, visitors can look forward to various highlights on site. “Our professional visitors can see a large number of innovative solutions in action, with which they fully meet the high standards of consumers. The products of our exhibitors are also sustainable per se, as thanks to their high quality they are long-lasting, without exception, and at the same time generally help to save energy. This applies to external and internal sun protection systems as well as outdoor living solutions, drives, control systems as well as doors and gates. In addition, a great deal has been done in recent years in all sectors in order to save resources in production as much as possible – the sustainability concept is thus deeply embedded in all levels”, explains Melanie Brenner, Manager Exhibitions and Events at Messe Stuttgart.


“In order to also draw attention to our main theme in advance of R+T, we have decided on something very special: We created our own green motif for R+T – and even turned our logo green. With this we want to highlight how important this topic is to us and show that this is the motto of the upcoming trade fair”, says Sebastian Schmid. Various related measures will also bring the main theme of R+T to life on site: A workshop organised by the European Organisation for Sun Shading Systems (ES-SO) as well as campfire sessions on “Sustainability” are some of the planned measures. The architects’ programme on 22 February 2024 will also deal with the topic of “Sustainability” with various presentations and podium discussions.


Sustainability as part of the accompanying programme


“Sustainability not only moves the industry, but is also already at the heart of policy. Within the framework of the upcoming trade fair, we would like to highlight on a political level how sun shading systems and energy-efficient doors and gates help tackle climate change. For this we are planning a fascinating podium discussion with high-ranking guests from the worlds of politics and business”, reveals Philipp Götz, Manager Exhibitions and Events at Messe Stuttgart. Sebastian Schmid adds: “Furthermore, the Innovation Award will also play an important role in this context. We will also present special awards for sustainability and energy efficiency in 2024 in order to underline the importance. In addition, taking into account sustainability aspects, among other things, the entire application process for the participating companies will be completely digital. We are delighted that over 80 companies from 18 countries have already registered for the R+T Innovation Award 2024. I assume that the topic of sustainability will also be reflected in the latest product developments.”