Strong interest in safety and security issues and solutions
SICHERHEIT 2015, which took place from 10 to 13 November, once again underlined the consistently high level of demand for safety and security solutions. This was also clear from the popularity of the accompanying SICHERHEIT specialist conference and the special exhibition on “Managing the risks posed by natural hazards”.
“Now in its 20th edition, the 2015 SICHERHEIT trade fair once again proved to be the most important hub for the Swiss safety and security sector and offered a comprehensive overview of the industry,” said the delighted Show Director Heinz Salzgeber, reflecting on this year’s event. In spite of the challenging economic situation, 194 exhibitors, associations and publishers from a total of eight countries presented themselves across some 7,000 net square metres of exhibition space. The visitor count came to 9,619, around 90 per cent of whom were trade visitors with a high degree of decision-making authority. This proves that safety and security issues and solutions are continuing to attract a great deal of interest. “We actually weren’t planning to exhibit this year at all,” said Marek Bolardt, Head of Marketing at ASSA ABLOY (Switzerland) AG. “But after taking over MSL Schloss- und Beschlägefabrik AG in the spring, we decided to do so after all. Our stand continuously received plenty of visitors and at peak times it was really overcrowded. The customers were enthusiastic and we made some very interesting contacts amongst them. Next time we’ll need more space!”
Viewing safety and security from every angle at the 2015 SICHERHEIT specialist conference
This year’s SICHERHEIT specialist conference also drew in around 1,000 participants, who had the chance to examine issues relating to people, technology, organisation and processes from all angles in 19 different half-day modules. Organiser Markus Good from SAVE AG – a company from the galledia Group – gave a positive verdict on the event: “The high number of participants highlights the significant need for information in this increasingly dynamic environment, with its complex challenges and changing framework conditions. High-quality specialist advanced training and opportunities to engage in an intensive dialogue and build networks are a very important part of this.”
Special exhibition was well attended
The special exhibition on “Managing the risks posed by natural hazards” took place in hall 6 for the second time, and was once again planned and implemented by Egli Engineering AG. For corporate safety and security officers in particular, this show provided the perfect platform for launching into discussions on site inspections and possible ways of limiting risks. The participants showed a keen interest in the various talks being held in the open forum and the adjacent exhibition rounded off the programme by presenting suitable solutions relating to the topics discussed.
“This trade fair is essential”
SICHERHEIT 2015 met the expectations of most exhibitors and in some cases even surpassed them. As their feedback clearly indicates, this trade fair is seen as an essential event: “We make many contacts here, something we would otherwise only be able to do with a great deal of effort,” said Marco Wunderle, Managing Director of CSF Wunderle GmbH and the VBSF (Swiss Association of Fire Prevention and Safety Specialists).
However, continuous changes in the market, the complexity of the various topic areas covered and the highly dynamic nature of the industry call for new approaches and branching out into other areas: “We would like to establish contact with more architects, for example,” said Marek Bolardt. “In most cases our contacts are responsible both for traditional safety and security and fire prevention and for occupational safety,” added Marco Wunderle. “It would be great if we could bring all these aspects together again under the umbrella of an event like this.” Stefan Schröder, CEO of EOTEC AG, expressed his views: “Ensuring that SICHERHEIT is future-proof requires innovation. The show should offer something extra, for instance, and other topic areas that provide added value for visitors could be explored.”
Tried-and-tested features and innovative elements
The 21st SICHERHEIT trade fair will be held in Zurich from 14 to 17 November 2017. It will take inspiration from the feedback from this year’s event and introduce innovative new features to the programme alongside tried-and-tested elements.
Before this, however, the trade fair will be making another appearance in western Switzerland, with the fourth SECURITE LAUSANNE set to take place at Expo Beaulieu Lausanne between 2 and 4 November 2016. Information about these two events is available from www.sicherheit-messe.ch and www.securite-expo.ch respectively.
For more information on the SICHERHEIT trade fair, please contact:
Exhibit & More Ltd, P.O. Box 185, CH-8117 Fällanden/Zürich
Heinz Salzgeber, Show Director and Lea Maurer, Communications Manager
Phone +41 (0)44 806 33 99, Fax: +41 (0)44 806 33 43
For more information on the specialist conference, please contact:
SAVE Ltd., Markus Good, Tittwiesenstrasse 61, CH-7000 Chur
Phone: +41 (0)43 819 16 40, Fax: +41 (0)43 819 16 50
For more information on the special exhibition, please contact:
Egli Engineering Ltd., Thomas Egli, Bogenstrasse 14, CH-9000 St. Gallen
Phone: +41 (0)71 274 09 09, Fax: +41 (0)71 274 09 08
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