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ILA2008 Partner country India presents largest-ever display abroad Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Berlin – Record attendances are forecast for the ILA2008, the most important event this year in Europe for all areas of the aviation and space sector. From 27 May to 1 June a total of 1,127 exhibitors from 37 countries (2006: 1,014/42) will be presenting the entire range of current and future aerospace technology products and services. Approximately 40 per cent of exhibitors are from abroad. The upturn in the aerospace sector is also evident at the ILA2008.

All 250,000 square metres of the exhibition grounds on the southern section of Berlin-Schönefeld Airport will be occupied.

Hindustan Aeronautics from India, the partner country, will be exhibiting a number of aircraft for the first time in Germany, including the “Dhruv” light military and civilian helicopter, which can be seen on the ground and in the air. One of the main highlights will be an appearance by the “Sarang” helicopter team, flying four Dhruvs. The Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO will be making its first appearance at the ILA with an overview of its wide-ranging work.

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ISC presents opportunities for suppliers

Featuring numerous exhibitors from the supply sector, applications to attend from many buyers from the aerospace industry, and a forum programme with some outstanding participants, the International Suppliers’ Center (ISC) will be the focus of attention for the entire supply industry. Around 140 exhibitors from Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA will be represented in Hall 6. The ISC will only be open during the three trade visitors’ days at the ILA (27 - 29 May). Many suppliers from Germany will also be displaying their products and services each day during the ILA in Hall 7. The ISC will help second and third level suppliers in particular to establish and intensify their business links. The specific benefit of this event: systems companies, which form the most important target group for the supply industry, will already be present as exhibitors at the ILA.

Thirteen exhibition halls with a total area of 55,000 square metres (2006: 10 Hallen/50,000 m²) and five outdoor areas (95,000 m²) will be available for the presentations. Around 100,000 square metres have been designated for the general public or as access routes for pedestrians and vehicles. As these figures show, the ILA2008 has grown by some ten per cent in terms of the numbers of exhibitors and the hall area since the last event. The partner country at the ILA2008 is India, which has announced its largest-ever presentation at any foreign aerospace show. The largest national displays of all will be those of Russia and the USA.

The ILA2008 will be officially opened on 27 May at 12.30 p.m. during a 90-minute tour by Germany’s Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Among those accompanying her will be Defence Minister Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony, representing this year’s partner country, India.

The organisers of the largest ILA ever, the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), Berlin, and Messe Berlin GmbH, have given the following assessments of this event:

BDLI President Dr. Thomas Enders: “The ILA is the most important meeting of the year on the European continent for the industry – which, in Germany, has become one of the few sustainably expanding industries and has bucked the current trend by actually creating more jobs. Once again the aerospace industry here at the ILA is demonstrating its innovative and productive capabilities with a combination of outstanding technological achievements, economic success and the fascination of flight.” Following on from its successes in 2007 the German aerospace industry is going from strength to strength. Sales have risen by 3.8 per cent to 20.2 billion euros, around 700 million euros more than in 2006, and in so doing achieving an all-time high for the second successive year. In 2007 the number of employees increased by 3.2 per cent to 88,200. In contrast to the current trend the industry in Germany has created an additional 6,400 jobs.

Raimund Hosch, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH, provided evidence of the successful expansion of this trade show: “Today the ILA is acknowledged as one of the world’s great aerospace trade shows. The record number of participants this year emphasises the strong economic position of the Berlin Air Show, helping to boost not only Berlin

 
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