Securex 2005, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 2 to 4 March, proved to be a success for everyone concerned. Organisers, Exhibitions for Africa, viewed it as one of the best Securex shows to date - with a sold out hall and close on 5400 visitors over the three days. Of these, 47% either influenced or made the buying decision and 44% were visiting to discover or purchase new products.
The Best Stand Awards for the show were handed out at a cocktail party on the Thursday night. In the Small Stand category, the awards went to Bandit Vehicle Security and Impro Technologies as runners up, EMS and MMA Fencing as highly commended, and Hydro Door as the winner.
In the Medium Stand category, the runners up were Sanyo, Geotab and All Technologies, while Centurion Systems and Transaction Control received highly commended and TRibpt emerged as the winner.
In the Large Stands, Bosch and Panasonic received Runners Up certificates, GE International walked away with Highly Commended, and Reditron took the Winner's Award home. For the first time ever, Securex organisers also presented an 'Excellence in Exhibiting' award for overall exhibition branding and presence which, this year, went to Elvey International.
Securex 2006 took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 1 to 3 March.
Comments from exhibitors
Jack Edery, Elvey Security Technologies: "We found the show to be very successful and we got a lot of leads. Winning the stand award was inspiring, too. One thing we did notice, however, is that one hall was just too small, we believe that having the show in two halls will be a better idea."
Niall Beazley, Vision Catcher: "This year's show attracted good numbers of visitors highly relevant to my market and we picked up some interesting leads. The awards dinner on the first night was a good idea and breakdown on the Friday night an even better idea. All in all, the show was good for us."
Rosemary Cowan, SASA: "Securex 2005 was one of the best ever, certainly for us anyway. The SASA Village was very successful, the workshops went well and the calibre of visitor was excellent."
Shaun Stanley, Doculam: "The show attracted a high quality of visitor, most of whom were decision makers."
Nigel Graham, Dortech: "Securex 2005 proved to be the ideal launch pad for a whole host of really innovative new products."
Anthony Rosenbaum, CMT Trading: "This year was definitely the best in terms of organisation and the quality of visitor attending the show, one of our overseas principals who attended Securex for the first time commented that the show was better than a number of exhibitions he had attended in Asia and Australia."
Dawood Moolla, MMA: "Everyone is here. If you want to be seen as a part of the industry, you have to be here."
Tinashe Hove, Changing Tides Security: "Securex 2005 provided us with excellent exposure and as a result we plan to expand our business premises."
Robin Greve, TriBPT: "Presence is very important. You need to be here if you are in the industry."
John Loftus, Reditron: "The best Securex that we have ever exhibited at!"
Aldean Prior, Exhibitions For Africa: "The new branding, intensified marketing, innovations such as the SASA Village, and new sponsorships and sales efforts all contributed to the success of the 2005 show and we can only get better in those to come."
With an incredibly high number of exhibitors rebooking their stands following on from their successful participation this year, and enquiries pouring in already, it is clear that Securex is looking forward to even greater things next year, when the show will expand into Hall 2 for its run at the Sandton Convention Centre from 1 to 3 March.
For more information contact Aldean Prior, Exhibitions for Africa, 011 886 3734.
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