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Industrial subcontracting harbours many talents:

MIDEST tells the world about them

Industrial subcontracting harbours many talents:

MIDEST tells the world about them    

Against a background of rising confidence amongst heads of companies and stand bookings that are ahead of 2006, MIDEST is gearing up for its 37th show, which will be held from 13th to 16th November 2007.

A show where the emphasis is very definitely on the international 

As the world’s leading industrial subcontracting show, MIDEST should reach an even larger international audience this year.

With over 50 leading international organizations acting as partners to the show, nearly 700 foreign exhibitors and pavilions from over 30 countries, MIDEST is the platform for sourcing international suppliers of industrial subcontracting.

Although exhibitors from emerging economies such as Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa are well represented, the industrial power of Europe is far from being left behind and accounts for the largest number of exhibitors through the various national stands: Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Germany …

Italy continues to be the source of the largest number of foreign exhibitors at the show, with 120 companies, and includes the CALVI group, the leader in special steel sections, which has the largest individual stand at the show.

Romania and Bulgaria have joined the EU this year and will be at MIDEST with significant pavilions.

India is returning to MIDEST after an absence of 4 years and is occupying almost twice as much space as a result of the involvement of the EEPC (Engineering Export Promotion Council).

Singapore will also have a national stand and Taiwan is increasing its area by 50%.

The North Africa Day will be devoted to Moroccan exhibitors, whose participation is constantly growing, the Tunisian pavilion and an Algerian presence that has already been announced.  

The MIDEST Partners Club will also help to bring exhibitors together who wish to forge international partnerships and to create international networks. 

So far as visitors are concerned, manufacturers, component suppliers and assemblers from over 60 countries come to MIDEST to solve their sourcing problems. New promotional initiatives being pursued for MIDEST 2007 will enable customers from Europe’s leading markets to visit this major industry event. Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Germany will all be the target of large-scale communication campaigns. 

New formula for successful participation 

MIDEST continues to be the show for small and medium sized industrial subcontractors interested in meeting French or international customers or partners.

In response to this expectation, the organizers are expanding the range of exhibition options: participation on regional stands organized by Chambers of Commerce or Trades, individual stands in sectors devoted to specific activities or the sector villages.

The last of these options is very much geared to the needs of SMEs looking for a presence at the show in their sector of activity without having to take on the full logistic burden; and this year it is being extended to new sectors. Following on from the Foundry and Surface Treatment Villages, this formula will also be available in several new sectors this year: Plastics industry, Shaping metals, Machining and Special machines.

18 regions bringing together large numbers of innovative small and medium-sized manufacturers will have stands at the show occupying a total area of nearly 8,000 m²: Alsace, Aquitaine, Ardennes, Auvergne, Burgundy, Centre, Champagne, Franche Comté, Upper Normandy, Ile de France, Limousin Poitou Charente, Midi Pyrénées, Pays de Loire, Picardy, Rhône Alpes. The Lower Normandy and Nord Pas de Calais contingents are both growing and Haute Savoie will mount a major operation with an additional 200 m² under the banner of ‘Haute Savoie Sous-traitance’ (Haue Savoie subcontracting) to bring together the region’s subcontractors. 

The PACA region (Provence, Alps and Côte d’Azure) will have a regional stand for the first time at MIDEST 2007. 

Sectors of activity strongly represented 

Industrial fastenings will be a centre of attention by bringing together technology, fashion and the arts. Catwalk shows of models wearing dresses adorned with fastenings will be staged and there will be displays of sculptures and still lifes featuring these products.

The surface treatments village will be twice the size of last year’s.

Foundry will celebrate the return of Setforge and the 50 years of FAVI.

Following on from the convincing success of the last show, the semi-finished products sector is occupying 50% more space and will welcome two new, high profile exhibitors: International Metal Service and Almet Metal.

The plastics industry will be using the village formula that was so well received last year and will welcome the presence of Dupont de Nemours through its subsidiary Star Coating.

SNESE and electronic subcontracting will be taking more space.  

A technological show case and an opportunity to learn 

For its exhibitors, MIDEST is an opportunity to promote solutions and expertise. For its visitors, it is an outstanding opportunity to search for suppliers and to monitor technology.

In order to respond more effectively to their needs, MIDEST is developing specific operations with its partners.

Experts from CETIM will man the Technology Centre to provide visitors with information and will also deliver around 30 hours of conferences on technological developments in subcontracting.

Buyers from the CDAF will present their point of view at a round table dedicated to aerospace subcontracting and a conference dealing with sustainable development.

Foreign delegations will highlight the specific capabilities of their countries.

The detailed conference programme will be available on the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen site from early September.  

The MIDEST Awards are being held for the second time and are now open to international participants. The numerous awards in the various categories are designed to make the strengths and performance of all the French and foreign subcontractors present at the show better known. strengthening a high performance site  

The figures for the MIDEST web site demonstrate not just the scale of the demand for subcontracting but the attractiveness of and interest in MIDEST as a source of information. In 2006, over 2 million pages were consulted on the site by over 400,000 surfers – to the great benefit of the show’s exhibitors.

MIDEST 2007 is being staged in conjunction with:

MAINTENANCE EXPO organized by Reed Expositions France in partnership with the French association of maintenance engineers and managers (Afim).

It is an event that brings together all the professionals from industry and the service sector looking for maintenance solutions.  

TOLEXPO, the international exhibition of production technology for working metal sheets, tubes and sections.



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