The Big 5 2009 opened yesterday (Monday) with first day visitor numbers already up on last year, exhibitors experiencing a busy first day and a positive outlook for the rest of the week. There is serious commitment to doing business as seen by the first Key Buyers breakfast held this morning, which saw over 200 of the industry’s key buyers and decision makers.
With the biggest show to date, speculation about whether or not the industry is ready to move forward seems to be being put to rest at The Big 5.
Val Orlingis, production manager at Australian Innovative Systems, said that this year’s exhibition has been going well so far: “It has been busier than the past two years and there has been a higher percentage of visitors in our sectors. We are working towards establishing a distributorship and this show is about exposure rather than doing business, however we do have a very full week already.”
After a busy start, companies, such as UAE based RAK Ceramics, are hopeful that this week will be one for doing business. Henry Philip Almeida, senior sales executive with RAK Ceramics, said: “We are well known here (in the UAE) so this week, for us, is about doing business. We are hopeful from what we have seen so far that we will have a good response and we have launched some new products at The Big 5 which people have been keen to see.”
Simon Mellor, vice president of dmg world media, said: “We are extremely pleased with the visitor numbers over the first days of this exhibition and the feedback from exhibitors has all been very positive. As a unique opportunity for the international construction industry to come together under one roof, it is fantastic to see business being done and that our exhibitors are optimistic about the following few days.”
Alessa Industries will be the first company to announce big business today, at a press conference being held at Al Wasl Press Office at 5pm. Details of its new million-dollar deal will be available as well as the opportunity to speak with the companies’ representatives.
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