Warsaw User Meeting  2018 – Our BIGGEST meeting ever! How did it go?

With the dust now settled following the excitement of our User Meeting in Warsaw, we’re taking the opportunity to look back on the success of the 3-day meeting.

In the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Warsaw in Poland, over 400 delegates came together from over 260 companies for 3 days of “networking, opportunities and fun” at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre.

We were really pleased with the hotel, the facilities and the staff and I’m sure those of you that joined us in Warsaw will agree that it was the perfect location for a meeting of this size and expectation.

Day one was registration and the welcome drinks. The weather in Warsaw was very good for the time of year and everyone we met was in a great mood and excited for the next few days ahead.

“As a company, we get a lot from the User Meetings and you get to meet people that you wouldn’t normally see. It’s a fantastic community-based event,” said Tom Berry, Key Account Manager for Godiva.

On day two, everyone got down to business. The main hall, which was huge without tables, chairs, stands and people, felt buzzing and alive with everyone in there. Everywhere you looked, you could see people shaking hands, laughing and talking intensely about how they can work together. Round the edge of the room we had our Premium Sponsors and the Manufacturer’s Showcase who gained the attention of many. We give special thanks to our Premium Sponsors who really add something to the room, whether that be ice cream for all delegates, pick and mix sweets, holograms or their bright colourful stands!

The 15 manufacturers that took part in the Showcase are all from our Manufacturers Platform. They produce a range of Power transmission products including bearings, chains, gears, housings etc. The showcase is designed to show off their products and meet distributors face-to-face, not only strengthening existing partnerships but also establishing new relationships.

 “As a manufacturer, we cannot sell our products without distributors, and this has been a great opportunity to meet a lot of companies around the world in one place, in 3 days,” said Marius Kursitis, Business Director of Ditton Driving Chain Factory JSC.

After a hearty breakfast, everyone was ready for the final day. The BearingNet team were constantly on hand to answer any questions, networking with our customers and making sure everything ran smoothly for the last few hours. Once the final few delegates left the meeting room, it was time to set up the hall for the farewell dinner.

Amongst the laughter, conversation and fun, there was a sense from everyone that the 3 days had been highly rewarding. Many agreed that the meeting provided so many delegates (410 to be exact), with the platform to build connections and relationships with companies across the world.

Over the 14 hours of networking in Warsaw, 10,000 meetings were held! A great networking event…but don’t just take our word for it. We spoke to lots of people who attended the event, each and every one of them had something unique to say about BearingNet User Meetings:

“If you’re trying to get your message across to 200+ bearing distributors, this is the place to do it” said Bill Howard, Managing Director H&H Exports, Inc.

“To be honest I’m not the type of person to always say ‘this is fantastic’ etc but this meeting has been absolutely fantastic. I have met so many clients all in one place, this has been really incredible. I spoke to over 27 companies that I wanted to speak to, so as a manufacturer I achieved my target,” said CW Bearing Director, Pawel Kalicki.

For those of you that attended, you all made the meeting the huge success that it was – you’re all amazing!

If you haven’t already, check out our Warsaw User Meeting 2018 video here!

Where to next?

We’re off to the city set the soul of Elvis on fire, Las Vegas – 15 – 17 May 2019.

3 days of networking, creating opportunities across all kinds of markets. Thinking about it already? The booking system is now OPEN! With the early booking discount only available for a limited period, don’t waste any time.