This year, the SOLIDS and M+R trade shows were held simultaneously at Antwerp expo. For both events, with a total of 240 exhibitors, this first co-located event proved highly successful. SOLIDS welcomed 1,740 visitors. M+R Antwerpen was attended by 1,370 visitors.
Comprehensive conference programme:
Market studies were carried out for both events to allow the programme to focus on the sector’s needs and requirements.
The need for more information on occupational safety and prevention was considered the top priority both in Belgium and the Netherlands. Other themes high on the agenda of these professionals were process efficiency, sustainability, maintenance and cost savings. This was amply illustrated by the large turnout at the Atex Forum and the Process Engineering Conference during SOLIDS 2013.
The themes at M+R Antwerpen were also subjected to a market analysis. This resulted in a total of 12 conferences on such subjects as Atex, flow and level measurements, SIL, and the latest developments in the area of protocols. No fewer than 260 visitors registered for one or more conferences!
Fair visit in combination with visits to leading companies:
M+R Antwerpen for the first time organised technical company visits. Visitors were offered the opportunity to visit one of the leading companies in the process industry, in combination with a fair visit and a technical info session. BASF, Duvel, Electrabel and Total provided participants a glimpse of their activities. The response to this initiative was extremely positive.
Enhanced interactivity between visitor and exhibitor:
New this year was the organisation of solidsLAB, a specific zone on the exhibition floor where exhibitors could interactively present their demos to the audience.
In addition, the M+R exhibitors could take part in the M+R DEMO Route, which offers visitors a clear overview of the demos to be viewed on the exhibition floor.
The next edition:
The next edition of M+R, the regional one-day trade show, will be held at Flanders expo, Ghent, on 24 October 2013.
The next SOLIDS in the Benelux will take place in Rotterdam on 2 and 3 October 2013. The next Belgian edition is planned for 11 and 12 March, again at Antwerp expo. .Meer zien