Positive industry participation at Securex, A-OSH Expo, Facilities Management Expo and Firexpo 2022

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The occupational health and safety, security, facilities management and fire protection industries have proven once again that face-to-face interaction is unbeatable, with excellent support from industry seen at the recent Securex South Africa, A-OSH Expo, Facilities Management Expo and Firexpo trade shows.

The exhibitions took place from 31 May to 02 June 2022 at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg, with the “four industries-one-roof” offering from Specialized Exhibitions, the largest trade show organizer in Southern Africa, attracting over 8 300 visitors over the three day period, and featured over 200 exhibitors.

Mark Anderson, Portfolio Director at Specialized Exhibitions, says: “It has been two long years since we have been able to hold larger live events and exhibitions in South Africa, so 2022 has been a pivotal year for these trade shows in many ways.

“Not only was this the first year since 2019 that we were able to bring Securex,
A-OSH Expo and Facilities Management Expo are back in the industry after a two-year hiatus, but we were also able to showcase the first-ever Fireexpo, focused exclusively on fire-related products and services.

“As the largest security trade show in Africa, we are extremely proud to celebrate 29 years of Securex this year, which continues to focus on all elements of the security industry, from physical and commercial security to control. access, vehicle and personnel tracking, cybersecurity, etc. while A-OSH marked more than a decade of being the leading occupational health and safety trade show in Africa. also marked the second year in which Facilities Management Expo, the show that brings together all aspects of facility management, rubs shoulders with these two pillars of the sector.

“The show was buzzing over the three-day period, and it was clear to visitors and exhibitors alike that the industry was more than ready to re-engage and reconnect in person.”

Although there has been a very small drop in visitor numbers compared to 2019 figures, reflecting the same trend already seen this year both locally and globally, the quality of visitors at all levels is still extremely high.

“Securex, in particular, attracted a high rate of purchase decision makers and influencers, at 82.9% of attendees,” Anderson said.

The four fairs also attracted many visitors from outside South Africa’s borders, with particularly excellent participation from neighboring African countries. “Securex has attracted many visitors from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ghana and Eswatini, as well as Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. Participants from further afield came from all over Europe, the United States and beyond.

The reasons why visitors participated highlighted that the exhibitions continue to be a powerful platform for sales, marketing and general business. On the Securex side, 71.8% of visitors came to the show specifically to stock up on new products and solutions, with 18.8% wanting to see the technologies presented by local manufacturers and distributors.

Excellent feedback from exhibitors was received at all four shows, Anderson continued. “It’s clear that this type of live event is now more important than ever for building face-to-face connections and relationships, as well as enabling first-hand experience of new offerings.”

“Securex has been phenomenal, even better than expected,” said Western Digital’s Brad Bennett. “We thought we would be busy, but the response and footfall to our booth has been beyond our expectations. We had great conversations and answered many questions about our solutions offering, received many good leads and quality engagements, with a number of people beyond the borders of South Africa, including Togo, Tanzania, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which shows the reach of the show.We are very can’t wait to see where it takes us in the future.”

“It was our first time exhibiting at Securex and it was very informative,” added Phophi Marara of Dwyka Mining Services. “We were very pleased to be able to show that our technology, which has been introduced to the local mining market, can also be easily adapted to other industries, for example for security patrols and bomb detection services, simply by disabling the payload on top of the mobile robot Visitors were very enthusiastic about our offer.

“Firexpo was a fantastic experience – we have already signed up for next year’s show,” said Le Roye van der Merwe of Fireball. “I was extremely pleased with the quality of visitors to our stand – definitely business decision makers came.”

“BBF Security Group is very committed to A-OSH Expo, and we are very happy that we had a full booth,” revealed Ruan Breedt of BBF Security Group. “We had a great turnout and I’m very pleased with the attendance. There was significant appreciation from visitors, who were very interested.

Said Mel Barends of Broll Facilities Management: “Our experience of the Facilities Management Expo – as the main sponsor of the 2022 show – has been excellent. Foot traffic was heavy and the seminar theater was great; there were some fantastic discussions which were very well received. I was very impressed with the atmosphere and the level of technology that was presented. After the COVID-19 lockdown, I see this as strong evidence that our economy is getting back on its feet. »

Securex South Africa, A-OSH Expo, Facilities Management Expo and Firexpo will be back from June 06-08, 2023 at the Gallagher Convention Centre. For more information, please visit www.securex.co.za, www.aosh.co.za, www.fmexpo.co.zaand www.fireexpo.co.za

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