By Thierry Dubois, on Twitter: @aerodub_e
The first China Helicopter Exposition is set for launch next week, taking place from September 15 to 18 in Tianjin, 70 statute miles from Beijing. For this 2011 edition, organizers have booked spaces for about 200 exhibitors, including AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky. They are expecting 2,000 professional visitors and 50,000 from the general public. The show, to be held on a biennial basis, is beginning this year with a display floor of 100,000 square feet.
The first two days are for trade visitors only. The entrance is free of charge but pre-registration is required. “We set up schedules of meetings for all the participants one week before the show,” marketing manager Laetitia Araujo tells Rotor & Wing. She works with Paris-based Advanced Business Events, the organizing company, which is already known for its Aeromart business-to-business events.
The last two days are open to the public, for an entrance fee. In addition to stands and a static display, flight demonstrations are planned. Conferences will run in parallel, notably providing exhibitors the opportunity to feature various products. Among the topics covered during the conferences will be helicopter development in the country. The organizers buy into the local authorities’ prediction of 3,000 helicopters flying in China in 2020. There are only 200 today. Avicopter, the helicopter manufacturer headquartered in Tianjin, plans a yearly 17-percent increase in its production.
For an exhibitor used to Heli-Expo, renting space at the China Helicopter Exposition is about 40 percent cheaper, Araujo says. Local prices for lodging, transportation, etc. are about five times cheaper than those in the U.S., she adds. However, she admitted that shipping exhibition material to China may be complicated and costly, due to customs procedures. Show organizers have experience in this area and have thus suggested some freight forwarders, she adds.
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