Clarion Events has reported this year’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition has broken all records, despite removing two exhibitors for compliance breaches.
The show took place on 10-13 September and occupied all of Excel’s exhibition halls.
The organiser claims more than 30,000 visitors (unaudited) from the global defence and security industry attended the biennial trade fair, up from 28,440 in 2011. The number of exhibitors was claimed to have risen from 1,280 in 2009, to 1,391 in 2011 to 1,500 this year.
The show featured 40 international pavilions, surpassing the 30 in 2011, and the 27 pavilions in 2009.
“For this show though, it’s not really just about numbers, with any show, it’s more about quality,” event director Duncan Reid told EN. “What we do is all about making the show a success, and with any show you’ve got to have new features and new ideas at the event. This is highlighted by the fact we have 40 international pavilions in the show, the most we’ve ever had.”
The show was divided into six themed zones this year, including Land, Naval, Air, Medical & Disaster Relief, Unmanned, and Security & Special Forces – each featuring a theatre, dedicated seminar and briefing programme.
Echoing the compliance breaches in the 2011 show, two companies were “found with literature suspected of breaching UK law”.
“We can confirm that the Tianjin Myway International Trading Co and Magforce International have been ejected from DSEI,” said a statement from Clarion. “This action highlights our commitment to ensuring that all equipment, services, promotional material, documentation and anything else on display at DSEI complies with domestic and international law.”
Reid told EN that Clarion respects people’s right to protest. “And as long as they protest without causing any trouble – we completely respect their right to that.”
He added that Clarion’s next show will be a continuation of the hard work they’re putting into DSEI. “Everybody at the show was already talking about 2015, which from our point of view means the show was a success,” Reid said.
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