This news was broken by HeliHub.com on 21st September – see Helitech considers move from Duxford to non-airfield location. Finally on 3rd October, Reed Exhibitions comes clean and goes public – some five days earlier than they had planned….. What follows is their press release
Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of Helitech, the largest dedicated helicopter exhibition in Europe, has announced that the 2013 event will be staged at ExCeL London.
The move follows an independent industry survey commissioned by Reed Exhibitions, together with discussions with a number of the manufacturers and suppliers that currently exhibit, as well as potential new exhibitors and the EHA and BHA. It is being done to raise Helitech to a new level of influence and attract a wider international audience. With its new positioning the event will provide an annual networking platform for exhibitors, visitors and industry bodies.
From 2013 onwards the event will be called Helitech International. The 2014 show is currently scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany and thereafter at key locations around Europe to ensure that all major markets are engaged. The new Helitech International branding will ensure that the goodwill and professionalism associated with the Helitech name will underpin its evolution into a more globally focused event.
The Helitech International conference will also be expanded to enhance its appeal to international audiences, creating an unrivalled educational forum for the helicopter industry. There will be a strong programme covering industry trends and will look to address current and future challenges for the rotorcraft industry thereby building on the success of the conference staged in conjunction with Helitech 2011.
Event Director, John Hyde, said: ‘Helitech International 2013 will meet the demand from the civil and parapublic helicopter sectors for a global showcase of rotary wing platforms, equipment, technologies and services, together with a high calibre conference addressing the issues that are shaping the future of the industry. I am delighted to say that the new-look Helitech already has the support of AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopters, Eurocopter and Sikorsky, as well as the European Helicopter Association and the British Helicopter Association’.
He continued: ‘Helitech has been staged successfully in the UK for 25 years, but the message from industry – underlined by our research – is that we must recognise the ever increasing internationality of this sector whilst retaining our core base of companies and service providers. The ExCeL London venue will provide exhibitors and visitors with an attractive array of facilities, including an indoor static aircraft display and the opportunity for customer flights in exhibitors’ aircraft from a site just outside the exhibition hall. Local hotel accommodation provides easy access and offers affordable prices ranging from budget to luxury all within walking distance.’
Vittorio Morassi, Chairman, EHA, commented: “We believe that Helitech is the only rotorcraft show of its type in Europe. The repositioning of Helitech in London in 2013 and thereafter at key locations around Europe will help boost the exhibition’s growth and success.”
“The most appealing factor of the Helitech re-positioning is the international dimension as this show becomes an all-inclusive European event, confirmed Patrick Moulay, Managing Director, Bell Helicopter Europe. “As Bell expands its international footprint, the Helitech International venue allows us to reach more European customers than other events combined.”
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