The UK's Intelligent Engineering, developers of a pioneering steel repair system, and Bahrain shipyard giant Asry will be among a host of first-time exhibitors at ShipRepair & Conversion 2002, the 11th anniversary of the industry's premier event which takes place in London on November 27-28. Some 70 per cent of space in the Grand Hall, Olympia, has now been reserved. Organiser Lloyd's List Events is also responding to customer feedback by introducing a company workshop facility and a new conference format.
Intelligent Engineering's debut reflects growing sales of its sandwich plate system for repairing ro-ro decks, tank tops and hatch covers. The SPS solution - unveiled on the Lloyd's Register stand two years ago and presented at last year's conference - offers a tenfold time saving over rip and replace methods with a sandwich material overlay which also improves the original structure's strength.
The first appearance by Middle East repairer Asry, a major player in the large tanker market, will focus on its expansion into FSO/FSU conversions and offshore platform work. In another first, ShipRepair & Conversion 2002 will feature a German national pavilion. This will house up to 15 new exhibitors and will be in addition to the long-established presence of Germany's best-known yards and suppliers.
Last year's show drew more than 2,500 visitors and 300 exhibitors from 45 countries worldwide. Almost 60 per cent of visitors were directors or senior managers including 11 per cent at chairman or managing director level. Shipowners and ship managers, together with the yard and equipment sectors, each represented around 20 per cent of the total. In an added attraction at ShipRepair & Conversion 2002, exhibitors will be able to stage product launches and presentations at a special facility within the exhibition area.