Our livestock sectors currently find themselves at the heart of major challenges in an ever-moving world. The French National Food Conference, changing consumer habits, the reform of the CAP in 2020, maintaining biodiversity, competition and changes in the production regions at the global level, price volatility, work organisation, generation renewal of farmers... Our agriculture has to face up to a whole range of challenges to protect its future and guarantee a fair income for producers.
Today’s society applies great pressure on our production sectors, forcing farmers and their support structures to change at a rapid pace.
SPACE is there to bring this situation out into the open, to support farmers through these changes, offer solutions and innovations, and allow all these highly pressurised actors to take a four-day breather and take advantage of a dynamic atmosphere fostering professional and friendly exchanges.
This year our Expo is taking place in a busy, very competitive international context (VIV Mea in Abu Dhabi in February, VIV Europe in Utrecht in June, Eurotier in Hanover in November). Despite this busy timetable, exhibitor confidence in our Expo is still very clear. We are registering the same level of participation as last year.
Renewed confidence of exhibitors, the already heavy programme of meetings and conferences, the international aura confirmed and reinforced, now allows us to affirm that the 32nd Expo will be a major event in the agricultural year.
The level of exhibitors registered is once again high this year and reflects the confidence businesses have in our Expo. On 22 May, 1,281 businesses had registered (1,273 in 2017, 1,262 in 2016, 1,257 in 2015 and 1,223 in 2014 at the same period).
The 396 international exhibitors (381 in 2017 at the same date), from 36 countries reflect the position of SPACE in the worldwide panorama of Expos, and are the result of our organisation’s constant efforts to develop the Expo globally. The 138 new exhibitors, including 44 international exhibitors also attest to the appeal of our Expo at the global level.
The surface area requested by exhibitors amounts to 60,254 m² (60,191 m² in 2017). All the halls will thus once again be entirely occupied this year, as well as the open air exhibition area.
High demand has once again been recorded in the halls dedicated to cattle farming: hall 1 and hall 11 (milking and related equipment).
Overall, for the exhibitors inside the halls who are participating again this year, we have recorded demand for larger surface areas for their stands than in 2017 by around 800 m².
The open air surface area requested is 32,228 m², which is 1,024 m² more than in 2017 at the same period. This high demand reflects the importance of SPACE at the present time for these farming equipment manufacturers.
May 2018 - SPACE