The 50th edition of the R+T world trade fair for roller shutters, doors
and gates, and sun protection systems will focus on energy-efficient solutions
and building automation.
The global energy and climate policy targets will have a marked
influence on the innovations to be presented at R+T 2015, which will be held
from 24 February to 28 February 2015 in Messe Stuttgart.
While the energy policy endeavours have pronounced impacts on the roller
shutter, sun protection and door/gate industries, building automation technologies
are becoming increasingly important in the development of energy-saving,
convenient and safe products.
According to Markus Sautter, Head of Corporate Communication, Gerhard
Geiger GmbH & Co. KG, a trend is being observed in individual control of
particular applications. With screens, the requirements relating to obstacle
detection, curtain protection and security are entirely different than those
for roller shutters or awnings. Building automation in large buildings is
advancing rapidly; sun protection, for instance, can make a very important
contribution towards the energy efficiency of buildings through intelligent
light control or by reducing heating and climate costs.
Jörg Steffek, Product Manager, Beck+Heun GmbH comments that building
automation is also becoming more important in window manufacturing with the industry
moving towards windows in which fittings will be perfectly optimised in all
areas. The company’s SMART-CONTROL enables homeowners to control or fully
automate their building services at the push of a button.
The Gentner Forum
The R+T 2015 programme will include the Gentner Forum, which will focus
on the topic of ‘building automation/smart homes’, and discuss the advantages
of networked building services for users at close quarters. The Gentner Forum
will present smartphone apps or tablet apps, which ensure efficient use and
monitoring of sun protection systems, doors, gates, heating, air-conditioning,
ventilation and photovoltaics.
Comfort, security and energy
efficiency in symbiosis
Sustainable products are also a trend topic in the area of sun
protection. Jan-Henk Dekker, Managing Director of the Verosol Group says they
will present products designed to improve the sustainability of buildings. They
are characterised by visual and thermal comfort, and make a big impression with
their energy savings, user-friendliness and processed materials.
Hermann Frentzen, Chairman of Technical Group IV for Roller Shutters,
Sun Protection and Automation in the Industrial Association for Technical
Textiles, Roller Shutters and Sun Protection (ITRS), defines the trend topics:
The roller blind in all its diversity is experiencing a wide comeback and will
also play a major role in 2015. The topics of child safety are being combined
with new innovative technical hardware solutions. Thanks to internal sun
protection systems, a positive effect on energy efficiency can be produced by
integrating them in a meaningful overall concept for energy-efficient building
Even large projects can be implemented efficiently in a visually
attractive way. Serge Ferrari, President/CEO of Serge Ferrari SAS, a leading
manufacturer in the composite membranes sector, will demonstrate the efficiency
of his sun protection screens at R+T 2015 through the flagship project D2 Tower
in La Defense near Paris.
Door and gate technology made to
Substantial changes have also emerged in the area of doors/gates and the
associated technology in the last few years. Energy efficiency and safety are
market-determining topics that affect the demands on products to a large
Stephan Kleine, Managing Partner of GfA ELEKTROMATEN GmbH & Co. KG
(GfA) says that in order to comply with these demands, the trend in drive
systems is still towards speed and individual adjustment of door and gate
travel. There is rapidly increasing demand for drive systems with inverter
technology, as well as fast and intuitive installation and initial
commissioning of drive systems.
As a purposeful addition to the GfA door and gate control devices, the
company will present a new diagnostic tool at R+T 2015 for customers to
independently read and display information from GfA’s control devices on a
Function and design in perfect
Despite all the functionality and efficiency, it is also necessary to
keep an eye on product design. Thomas Elsner, Managing Director of Elsner
Elektronik explains that the emergence of building services from the functional
building sector means that companies are starting to concentrate on design,
which emphasises rather than disturbs the layout of the interior rooms; even
the façade will mean that more people and especially architects will be receptive
In the outdoor area, new designs and materials are also providing a
foretaste of the future development of the industry. For example, SUNTECH will
present pergola systems for outdoor terraces where the position of Venetian
blinds can be automatically changed with aluminium supporting wings.
The best of the best: the R+T
Presented during this leading world trade fair since 1991, the R+T
Innovation Prize honours first-class and pioneering products with the award
ceremony taking place a day before the start of the trade fair on 23
February 2015. A poster exhibition will provide information on the prize
winners and winning products from the first day of the trade fair.
Important innovations will be honoured in nine categories to cover product
groups such as roller shutters, awnings, gathering blinds, internal sun
protection systems, technical textiles, doors/gates, special solutions and
drive and control systems. Special prizes will be given for design, energy
efficiency, professional tradesmen and young craftspersons.
The Innovation Prize will be presented by Messe
Stuttgart, the Federal Association for Manufacturers of Roller Shutters and Sun
Protection (BVRS), the National Federation of Door and Gate Manufacturers
(BVT), and the Industrial Association for Technical Textiles, Roller Shutters
and Sun Protection (ITRS).