The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2019 has announced a last minute move from the NEC to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre for its 28 March 2019 edition after local protests.
The event previously moved away from Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena after similar protests.
An NEC spokesperson commented: “Since the NEC agreed to host the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability 2019, the organiser has requested changes to the setup of the event. Following consultation with the organiser, it has become apparent that it is more appropriate for DPRTE to be hosted at a venue that better meets their requirements, and so the 2019 edition of this event will now take place at an alternative venue.”
Hugh Douglas of Birmingham Stop the Arm, told EN: “This move is a response to the people of Birmingham and of Solihull making it clear that the arms industry is not welcome here. The DPRTE was already chased out of Cardiff, and now Birmingham. The government might be willing to ignore the death and destruction caused by the arms industry, but local people are not.”
In 2018 the event saw over 1500 key decision makers participated within 40+ training sessions, across six networking and Collaboration Zones, five Knowledge Transfer Zones, in addition hearing from a range of industry keynote speakers.
At the time of publishing DPRTE has not responded to a request for comment.