inter airport China 2008

inter airport China 2008 will be the third Beijing exhibition in this series, taking place from 2 to 4 December. The 2006 show attracted 134 companies from 23 countries and was visited by some 3,000 key figures from China's rapidly expanding civil aviation industry. This year's event again has the support of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Group Corporation (CASGC) and the latter's subsidiary and the country's key tendering agency for airport equipment, the China Civil Aviation Technology & Equipment Co Ltd (AVITEC).

A key feature of this year's inter airport China will be a Meet the Buyers Programme, open to all exhibitors at the show. Senior officials from eight of China's leading airport authorities will outline their development plans, a process that will assist suppliers' understanding of where future business opportunities might be found. A similar programme held during inter airport China 2006 proved a great success.

In its latest airport development plan, the CAAC says that 97 new airports are to be built in the country by 2020. This will increase the number nationwide to 244. The plan is a response to predicted growth in passenger traffic of 11.4 per cent annually up to 2020, with air cargo tonnages increasing at the even higher annual rate of 14 per cent over the same period.

Among exhibitors that have reserved stands in Beijing are Airflot Technics TH, FMC Technologies, Glidepath, Hobart Brothers, Lektro, Logan Teleflex (UK), Meggitt Fuelling Products, Safegate Group and Weihai Guangtai Airport.

Coordinated national stands for exhibitors from France (UBIFRANCE), Germany (GATE) and the UK (BASEA) are being organised for the Beijing and New Delhi exhibitions by industry or government trade bodies. A Finnish group is also taking part in inter airport China.

Tom Ho, Show Director for both events said: "Our two inter airport exhibitions this year offer great opportunities for companies seeking business in two civil aviation markets that are growing very quickly. And by working closely with the leading agencies responsible for airport development in India and China to devise conference and 'Meet the Buyers' programmes, we will also be providing unique opportunities to learn about the nature of those markets and how best to approach them."

inter airport India is organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions and its partner in India, InterAds Ltd, while Mack Brooks is the sole organiser of inter airport China. Mack Brooks Exhibitions has long-standing expertise in organising trade exhibitions for the airports sector, most notably through its inter airport Europe shows. The next of these takes place in Munich, Germany, in October 2009, and will be the 17th in this series of world-leading events.

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