UBM EMEA has described “another successful year” for FIREX International, the leading industry event for fire protection, prevention and detection professionals. Hosted once again at London’s ExCeL from 21-23 June, FIREX International welcomed 16,290 attendees across the three days, which is a positive increase on last year’s show.
In addition to the increase in attendees at FIREX International, the show continues to attract the important cohort of decision-makers from across the industry with a 2% increase in integrators visiting ExCeL, a 61% rise in the number of consultants on site and a 23% increase in those visitors with a budget of over £10 million.
FIREX International continued to sit alongside IFSEC International in the South Halls at ExCeL London, reflecting the crossover between the two industries and adding value for both FIREX and IFSEC visitors. The increasing popularity and growth of FIREX International was further demonstrated by the burgeoning number of elaborate trade stand designs compared to 2015.
Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, commented: ‘’FIREX continues to cement its position as Europe’s premier annual fire safety event. This year saw a return to form with over 76 exhibiting companies present. Exhibitors reported substantial levels of interest from international customers as well as a noticeable growth in major end user attendees. Installers told us they’re continuing to see the alignment with IFSEC as a major advantage of attending both shows as the ever-increasing synergies between fire and security are coming to the fore. FIREX and IFSEC will continue to embrace this overlap for years to come.’’
Major support from the industry
FIREX International continued to receive major support from within the industry, with the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the Fire Protection Association (FPA), the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) all present as key partners of the show, hosting topical seminar sessions, advice clinics and information zones.
This year, FIREX also welcomed a new supporting association, namely the Fire and Security Association (FSA).
The Passive Protection Zone offered an extremely useful opportunity for delegates to develop their knowledge of passive fire protection via a variety of seminars and Workshops. Due to the location of ASFP member companies around the zone, this area provided a one-stop shop for all passive fire protection needs.
Another big highlight at FIREX this year came from FFE. The company has been working with The Bloodhound Project to ensure fire safety. The Bloodhound Project is the team behind the latest attempt to break the land speed record, which will take place next summer. The car itself was present on the show floor, and FFE was on hand to answer the many questions about how the business has installed special fire detection technology to keep the driver safe.
Inspirational Speaker Series
The Inspirational Speaker Series continued to attract large crowds this year from across the security, safety, fire, facilities management and service management industries. The speakers were again of a very high calibre, with Colonel Tim Collins OBE speaking on Day One followed by Kate Adie OBE on Day Two and finishing with James Cracknell OBE on the final day. The speakers shared key insights into how they’ve overcome adversity and challenges in their extraordinary careers in order to achieve their goals.
FIREX International also continued to benefit from the co-located Health and Safety, facilities, security, service management and workwear and uniform events, which as a total saw over 45,000 visitors at ExCeL over the three days, representing a 4% increase on 2015.
Across the series, visitors were able to benefit from meeting their needs for fleet management, fire integration, security and fire installation, Health and Safety legislation, uniforms and more.
Of these co-located events, IFSEC International welcomed 27,052 attendees across the three days which was in line with 2015. Safety and Health Expo welcomed 13,800 attendees across the three days, representing a 9% increase from the previous year. New for this year, visitors were able to benefit from the Training and Careers Zone. This was sponsored by Amazon and provided guidance on delivering the perfect interview and fast-tracking careers.
The Facilities Show welcomed 11,353 attendees across the three days. That’s an 18% increase in visitors over the first two days who benefited from a variety of seminar programmes offering more speakers and educational content than ever before.
*FIREX International 2017 runs from 20-22 June at ExCeL London