The IPM Essen took off this morning, and for three days, more than 1.400 exhibitors from 43 countries will do their utmost best to present their products and services. It, however, seems to be a slower start compared to other years, and this may be due to the 6-day train strike taking place from Wednesday. And, probably as a result, there seems to have been more traffic jams on the road this morning, too. Whether it will affect the number of visitors in the end remains to be seen. Also, the teams of FloralDaily, BPnieuws, HortiDaily, and Groentennieuws will be running around with their cameras to make our traditional photo report.

Kees WaquƩ of Desch. At their booth, in this large container, they show what their Recover and D-Text Plus pots are made of, showing the visitors the advantages of recycled plastic.

Eyal Kleinberger and Haim Rosenblum of Hishtil are presenting their new catalog, which is made out of recycled paper. This is one of their initiatives to become a more sustainable company.

Dany Mestdag of Terrazza MC is presenting their newest E-Geotex Pro, which is being used to clean ground cover on container fields inside and outside.

Daniela Navarro, Richard Buid, and Tianli Zhang of Slecta are presenting Solandis, a single-petal dianthus that they are adding to their assortment with new colors and patterns.

Harald Braunguard of Step Systems with the Management of Messe Essen. This German company is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the show and received this present. Harald also announces that he will take a step back and that his son Philipp will take over.