Securex 2000, South Africa's sixth international security, protection and safety exhibition held at Gallagher Estate from 1-3 March, was a solid success for its 130 exhibiting companies.
During the three days of the show, Securex 2000 attracted about 5500 buyers and decision makers. "Generally speaking, exhibitors reported that they were very pleased at the quality of visitors attracted by the event this year," said TML Reed General Manager Tom McCafferty.
"Detailed statistics are still being compiled, and when complete, we will be sending a comprehensive breakdown of the visitor demographics to all exhibitors," he said.
However, figures to hand indicate that - as was to be expected most visitors (almost 30%) hailed from Gauteng, while 23% travelled from the Northern Province and 20% from Mpumalanga. A sizeable contingent (3%) of visitors were from KwaZulu-Natal, with the other five provinces represented to a lesser extent.
The international visitor support for Securex 2000 was significant, with visitors from 26 foreign countries: They included Zimbabwe, Botswana, the United Kingdom, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia Nigeria, Germany, Kenya, Belgium, Angola, Australia, Holland, Tanzania, Lesotho, Israel, Singapore, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands, Uganda, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Cameroon, Malawi and the DRC.
While more than 56% of the visitors were professionally involved in either the manufacture, supply, distribution and installation of security products, significant numbers were drawn from a wide variety of other business sectors. They included electrical contracting and engineering; general manufacturing and industry; the retail sector; mining and excavation; the defence and military services; building, construction and architecture; the police and prison services; the distribution and transport industries; hotels, catering and leisure sectors; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; central and local government; the insurance sector; and utility services.
For details contact TML Reed's Tom McCafferty on tel: (011) 886 3734.
Exhibitors seemed to agree that Securex 2000 was a success: "The show was great –` we were very busy, and we haven't stopped yet,' said Paul Wainstein of Elvey International.
"Visitor traffic is good, with several good leads. Overall, I am very happy with the show," said Duncan Marshall of Futek Systems.
"We have been incredibly busy and acquired some excellent leads. We are very happy with the quality of visitor and have seen a lot of decision makers," said Marelize Davies of Opsis Visual Management.
"Securex has been beyond our expectations. We have seen visitors from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Guys are coming in from all over - it's great! We've really enjoyed it,' said Mark Russell of Aicom Communications.
Steven Kiliegel of RBR International SA said, "We have had a lot of very positive inquiries, and good leads. We are already getting phone calls from visitors from yesterday (Thursday 2 March) asking for quotes."
"We have picked up some good leads, and have already done business on the stand," said Paul Sharp of Spec Systems.
"The visitors we have seen have potential. We have had a lot of inquiries. It has definitely been worth our while," said Bradley Richards of AAD.
"The show is a lot better than last year. We have had a couple of very good leads and have been a lot busier," said Paddy Hanson of Barrier Angelucci Group.
"Securex is a very pertinent security show," said Cheryl Meiman of Bass Security.
"This is our first free moment. We have seen good people and have been constantly busy," said Steve Whitehead of TSCM Services.
Brett Birch of Aritech said, "Yesterday (Thursday 2 March) was busier than any day so far - by at least 30%. We have 60 worthwhile leads to follow-up."
Brandon Ribbink of Orchid said, "The show has given us good public and trade exposure. There has been a flow of good quality visitors. Yes, we will be booking for 2001 before 12h00 today."
Adams Rite Europe"s Keith Parry said, We have been very busy, with visitors from across the board. The quality of visitor is not bad at all, in relation to other parts of the world. The show is well organised. Yes, we will be back in 2001."
"We have had a good show, and seen the correct people. There seem to be fewer people than last year, but they are showing more interest. We have generated several leads, and will not need to market ourselves any further this year," said Armand Terblanche of Impact Perimeter Control.
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