MRO Europe, an exhibition for maintenance, repair and operations in the aviation industry, has reported that its London event was the best-attended edition to date. The show, organised by Aviation Week Network, attracted more than 8,200 registered industry professionals who descend to ExCel London on 5-6 October.
This year marks the 19th outing of MRO Europe. The event drew representatives from 86 countries and hosted a sold-out exhibition featuring more than 400 exhibitors. Over 600 attendees represented airlines with a significant percentage at the buy or approve level.
“This was our best-attended event to date in terms of visitors, sponsors and exhibitors,” said Lydia Janow, managing director, events and tradeshows, at Aviation Week Network. “MRO Europe is designed and organised to bring the many aspects of the MRO industry together, under one roof to network, meet new contacts, re-connect with current customers and to hear and learn about industry trends.”
The publisher of Aviation Week launched the MRO event in the US and had taken the show to Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Janow explained: “We purchased the MRO Network two years ago to add to our portfolio and to continue the conversation by hosting focused events like Aero Engines, and Airline E&M.”
The organiser told EN that MRO Europe has also been held in Germany, Holland, Spain, and Denmark. “Due to space requirements we go back and forth between London and Amsterdam due to the volume of MRO business in these two cities,” Janow explained. Commenting on the London venue, she said: “Hosting our event in London at ExCeL is ideal due to its proximity to London City Airport, its location and its seamless event space.”
James Rees, executive director, ExCeL London, added: “We are delighted MRO Europe returned to ExCeL for their 2017 event, with record-breaking results. We are currently celebrating our busiest year for North American business, with more planners than ever choosing London.
“Alongside MRO, we have also hosted the likes of AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference), Enactus, Salesforce, AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and Strata + Hadoop this year. We look forward to welcoming the team from MRO Europe back to ExCeL London in 2019.”
Aviation Week Network will return to the UK next year with AP&M, the global event for MRO procurement. The event kicks off with a summit on 29 May at Hilton Olympia, followed by the exhibition on 30-31 May at Olympia London.
The next MRO Europe will be held on 16-18 October at the Amsterdam RAI.