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IFSEC to co-locate with Security & Counter Terror Expo

by Paul Colston

Next year will see IFSEC International and Security & Counter Terror Expo move to a new dateline of 19–21 May and welcome three events alongside it at ExCeL London: Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX), Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo.

Building on a rich history of the two exhibitions – IFSEC steeped in the trade and commercial security world and Security & Counter Terror Expo immersed in national security – these key events are now organised as a central focal point for the security industry.

The additional synergies between the first responder focused Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo, which currently run alongside SCTX, and FIREX International as well as the wider security community, also lend additional diversity and strength to the new alliance.

The move strengthens ExCeL London claims to be a global destination for the security community, helping to push the boundaries of security product innovation and expertise.

Organisers expect 38,000 trade, commercial, public and policing security professionals to attend the shows.

“This has come at the perfect time for the security industry. The BSIA are excited to be supporting this major new partnership between the UK’s two leading security exhibitions. We have a long-standing partnership with IFSEC and we look forward to extending our welcome to SCTX,” Mike Reddington, CEO, BSIA.

“Risk UK, Benchmark and Professional Security Installer welcome the news that Security & Counter Terror Expo is running alongside IFSEC in 2020. We have a long-standing association with this market sector via Risk UK magazine and associated media. We look forward to supporting SCTX and IFSEC in 2020,” said Mark Quittenton, Managing Director, Risk UK, Benchmark and Professional Security Installer magazines.

Both organisers also welcomed the co-location.

“The security industry is both broad and complex – and in recent years Clarion and UBM have come to realise that in this environment both IFSEC and SCTX had evolved in ways which were seeing them become increasingly complementary in both profile and audience,” said Tim Porter of SCTX organiser Clarion Events.

“SCTX is by far the most prestigious and market leading event in the counter terror arena, with a proven track record in drawing a high calibre audience of government specifiers, law enforcement and related crime intelligence agencies,” added Gerry Dunphy of UBM’s IFSEC. “This is a great fit for IFSEC as it strengthens our message of the critical nature of security as a major global issue.”

Over 600 exhibiting companies are expected to join to represent all aspects of the security sector at the co-locating events next year.

For 2019, Clarion’s Security & Counter Terror Expo, Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo will take place at Olympia from the 5-6 March and IFSEC International will bring expert security products to ExCeL, from 18-20 June.

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