ST Conference PreviewEuronaval
The world's only professional international show exclusively dedicated to naval defense and maritime safety and security, Euronaval, will run in its 24th year from October 27 to 31 in Paris/Le Bourget, France. Sponsored by the French government, Euronaval covers surface vessels, submarines and naval aviation. Since 1968, the exhibition has been taking place every second year in the French capital over the span of five days and addresses all the necessary means to carry out coastal and offshore missions, e.g., protection of naval sovereignty, law enforcement and peace keeping at sea, protection of assets and natural resources, and control of migration flows.
Maritime Security and Safety
While Euronaval is historically positioned to cover naval defense, the show is now open to civilian activities supporting missions at sea for maritime countries, especially for security and safety purposes. A dedicated space, MSS - Maritime Security and Safety, at the center of the exhibition will display the exhibitors' answers to issues related to the security of maritime transport for goods and people, rescue at sea, humanitarian missions, migration control, combatting illicit trafficking, and securing resources linked to energy, mining or fisheries.
A Top-Level Global Audience
In 2012, 96 international delegations from 67 countries responded to the invitation of the French government, including 24 delegations from Europe, 22 from Africa, 19 from Central and East Asia, 11 from the Near and Middle East, and 12 from the Americas. Among the official buyers, there were 22 naval chiefs of staff from around the world. Euronaval 2012 scored a high satisfaction level among exhibitors, delegates and 30,500 trade visitors from 115 countries. The show that year was spread over 14,500 square meters of exhibition grounds and brought together 370 exhibitors—more than 50 percent of them from abroad and including the global heavyweights of the shipbuilding and maritime industry.
A Unique Business Platform
As a B-to-B naval defense show, Euronaval creates unique business opportunities between buyers and exhibitors. 'When acquisition programs are scrutinized for budget optimization sake, the availability of wide ranging expertises under one roof and the focus on the naval theme only create the right conditions for an efficient shopping opportunity, while insuring an access to the latest technologies available in the international market,' said Jean-Marie Carnet, CEO of Euronaval. 'Let's not forget the opportunities for collaborative projects between countries, as well as between large groups and small businesses.'
Among the business opportunities the exhibition offers are technology workshops organized by exhibitors to present their latest work. Created in 2008, the 'Euronaval B-to-B rendez-vous' bespoke meetings, 1,200 of which were organized in 2012, enable small businesses and large companies to make the best of their presence at the show by identifying and meeting with targeted stakeholders to develop new technical and business partnerships. The new Innovation Tours organized by themes will enable Euronaval 2014 visitors to organize their time on site with easy access to products and projects sought for future industrial cooperation.
In parallel with the exhibition, Euronaval offers a comprehensive program of conferences and debates to explore and discuss trends and technology in today's maritime and naval international business.
For instance, over the next decade, control over closed and open maritime zones will remain at the forefront of ambitions and power issues of world and regional leaders. In order to benefit from the wealth of the sea, marine territorialization should consider the international development of maritime routes and traffic.
Euronaval's program topics will also include the development of sea conflicts from now to 2025, how international cooperation can maintain a powerful industry, and the alignment of public and private interests to protect and promote assets.
In their fourth edition, Euronaval Trophies will promote three companies in the naval defense and maritime security and safety sectors. Trophies will be awarded in two international innovation categories for all the exhibitors and one export performance category solely for SME (small-medium entreprise) French businesses.
The International Innovation Trophies will reward two companies that have developed an innovative product, concept or service. This trophy is divided into two categories: an innovation award for defense vessels of the future and an innovation award for maritime security.
The Export Performance Trophy will reward a French SME that has established a project for international export, establishment, diversification or partnership.
Euronaval would like to thank SIRPA/Marine Nationale, Daniel Ferellec, Anne Florecab, Yannick Bisson, Jacques Tonard and Vincent Maupile.
For more information on the show, visit www.euronaval.fr.
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time: