LONDON Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), organizer of the Farnborough International Airshow, has launched Farnborough International Venue and Events (FIVE), a venture to open up the site as a permanent exhibition venue.
Farnborough says it has been keen to use its existing reputation for exhibitions and events as a platform of growth to develop its offering for business clients, but on a permanent rather than temporary basis. FIVE is a permanent events space on the airshow site at Farnborough Aerodrome in Hampshire.
Scheduled to open in the autumn, the venue has been designed with 4,400 sq m of flexible event space, and 3,600 sq m of unimpeded event space.
The clear span structure has been built of recycled aluminium and grey silver composite panels with glass window and doors.
The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, which has been held at Thorpe Park in Surrey for the last ten years, is relocating to FIVE facility at Farnborough and will be held on Feb 6 and 7, 2008.
“The growth of the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show in recent years meant that we’d reached the limits of what we could achieve on the Thorpe Park site, said Phil Valentine, managing director of organisers ETES. “Redevelopment plans for the Park would have made it increasingly unsuitable for our needs in the future. The opening-up of the Farnborough site as a permanent exhibition venue has given us a unique and timely opportunity to secure a valuable tenancy slot at a world-renowned exhibition site. It offers us future stability and greater scope to improve our exhibitors' and visitors' event experience.
The site also offers tremendous scope for future growth and development and ETES have already added over 25 percent more space for 2008. “We are already well advanced in our plans for a major new attraction alongside the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show in 2008 and will be announcing details in the near future,” said Valentine.