The 37th MIDEST, the world’s leading industrial subcontracting show, and the 3rd MAINTENANCE EXPO closed their doors on 16th November after 4 days of fruitful meetings despite the impact of the public transport strike.
MIDEST brought together 1,805 exhibitors, including 679 foreign companies from 33 countries, mostly in Europe, representing a 4% rise in numbers over 2006, whilst exhibition area remained stable.
The complementary MAINTENANCE EXPO occupied 2,000 m² and displayed the products and services of 78 exhibitors in the fields of computer assisted maintenance management and diagnostics aids.
After a good first day on Tuesday 13th November, which saw the show opened by Bernard Accoyer, President of the National Assembly, accompanied by a delegation of elected representatives and record numbers of visitors; the shows bore the full brunt of the public transport strikes, which paralysed the nation and which forced a number of visitors to forgo their normal trip.
The show organizers and the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre set up a major shuttle bus operation serving various locations in Paris and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, and this helped to limit the impact of no RER and metro services by carrying the visitors who had managed to reach the capital to and from the exhibition centre itself. In the end, visitor numbers to MIDEST were 34% down on last year at 31,367. Foreign visitors maintained their 14% share and visitors were drawn from 65 countries.
MAINTENANCE EXPO too suffered a 30% fall in visitors to 2,581 over the four days of the show.
Against such a difficult background, it was very encouraging to note how the vast majority of exhibitors volunteered their satisfaction with the increased presence of high-level customers at the two shows. Most of these visitors were from buying and technical/production departments, and they had travelled to the show with projects that were of interest to the exhibitors.
The presentation of the eight MIDEST Awards to seven French companies and one Italian one marked the start of the special events at the show. The fastenings show attracted an audience of 150 plus every day, drawn by the attraction of the pieces, or perhaps the models who were showing them off! The sculptures and still lifes also pulled in manufacturers more accustomed to putting such fastenings to quite different uses.
The CETIM flash Conferences were another magnet for buyers, achieving a total audience of 538, whilst there were 497 participants for the official MIDEST conferences and 158 for the MAINTENANCE EXPO ones. The International Maintenance Forum sessions attracted 180 attendees.
These two shows will return from 4th to 7th November 2008, when it is to be hoped that the social climate has improved.