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2014-09-01

EURONAVAL GEARS UP

Euronaval 2014, the biennial international naval defense and maritime exhibition and conference, will take place October 27-31 2014 at the Le Bourget Exhibition and Conference Centre in Paris.  Supported by the French Ministry of Defence and the French Navy, it is the major naval and maritime defense exhibition in Europe in the alternate years to the DSEI expo in the UK. 
 
Euronaval comprises an exhibition, conference and visits of VIPs and senior staff delegations. It will showcase a full range of naval and maritime defence and security technologies, products and services. The exhibition benefits from excellent facilities, security, parking, quality catering, conference halls and many other modern features. 
 
International participation is on the rise, with the presence of an Indian pavilion this year and a number of new exhibiting nationalities, UAE,  Australia, Turkey and Belgium.
 
Euronaval is one of the most important events on the naval and maritime industry calendar and has traditionally covered missions ranging from naval sovereignty to state actions at sea and maritime safety and security. This includes the enforcement of public order at sea, marine, maritime and  fisheries policing and maritime and coastal surveillance. 
 
Euronaval is also a leading event for naval drone (UXV) manufacturers and satellite applications, including communications, navigation, weather, defense and security. 
 
The program will include debates on the safe and secure use of the seas for civil and military purposes. For the first time, marine energies will also be high on the agenda. 
 
The regular growth of the Euronaval exhibiton, and particularly the success of the 2012 edition, reinforces its position as world leader of exhibitions specialising in naval defence, maritime safety and security.
 
In 2012, 30,458 professional visits from 115 countries demonstrate the growing interest for this benchmark exhibition. The significant rise in the number of high-level official delegations  - 96 official delegations from 67 countries – also confirms the interest shown by decision makers from all over the world.
 
And 263 exhibitors (121 from France – 142 from abroad) have already confirmed their participation at Euronaval  2014 which should bring together over 350 exhibitors in Paris .
 
As a business show only open to professional visitors, Euronaval offers a number of levers for exhibitors, buyers and influencers who play an essential role in their countries’ acquisition programmes.
 
Prominent exhibitors 
Abu Dhabi Mar,  Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Atlas Elektronik Gmbh, Babcock International Group, BAE Systems UK, Bharat Electronics Limited, Brahmos Aerospace, Caterpillar, Chemring Counter Measures, CMN - Constructions Mecaniques De Normandie, CNIM, Dassault Aviation, DCNS, Elettronica, Fincantieri S.P.A., Finmeccanica, Flir, FN Herstal, General Atomics, Hgh Infrared Systems, Insitu Inc., L-3, Lacroix, Lockheed Martin, Mbda, Nexter Systems, Oto Melara Spa, Raytheon Company, Renk AG, Rheinmetall AG Corporate Sector Defence, Rosoboronexport, Jsc, Russian Technologies State Corporation, Saab Ab, Sagem, Schiebel, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd, Thales, UKTI andWärtsilä Corporation. 
 
In the 15,000 square metre exhibition area, reservations are already full at nearly 100 per cent and over 50 per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad. This 24th edition of the world leading exhibition is a further testament to the continued strength of this economic sector, especially in the Middle East and Asia.
 
 According to Jean-Marie Carnet, CEO of Euronaval, the vitality of the global naval economy, with its multiple components – including military, civil security, safety or environmental protection – results in new tensions in the ocean spaces.
 
“Marine space is becoming increasingly strategic. Eighty per cent of the volume of the world’s trade travels by sea. A lesser known but very important fact is that oceans are the backbone of globalization in terms of ocean internet hosting, the core of international web traffic and consequently of the global economy. 
 
Defending interests
With the inevitable depletion of land resources, states are now looking to the sea for energy, food and raw materials to provide for the 9 billion inhabitants projected for 2050.

All objective data is the source of major schemes around marine spaces currently led by states, prompting them to become appropriately equipped to defend the interests of their respective populations. An increasing demand for equipment ensures global activity that is well-supported on an international level. 
 
Meantime, Euronaval has become the largest platform for international exchange on naval and maritime issues (besides yachting). Its leader status owes a great deal to the excellence of French naval industries, the world’s sixth manufacturer and second in Europe.
 
The regular increase in the number of high-level official delegations at Euronaval confirms  awareness of the enormous issues at stake in relation to the planet’s “sixth continent”. In response to this awareness, the Paris biennial event meets all the needs for sovereignty missions in the naval defense sector. 
 
Among its new features, Euronaval will present surface units, submarines, commando boats with their weapons and equipment, surface and underwater drones, naval aircraft, AUSV (autonomous unmanned surface vehicules), as well as new concepts, particularly for stealth. 
 
More than just a professional exhibition, Euronaval is an international showcase for technology, bringing together decision-makers and buyers from all over the world and a full panel of industrialists, material designers and suppliers, simple and complex systems as well as all the associated services. 
 
Strategic thinking
Euronaval is also a venue for strategic thinking and exchange  concerning future developments and innovations in the industry.
 
There will also be particular focus on innovative technologies with the creation of the “simulation and immersive reality area”. For the first time at Euronaval, delegations, exhibitors, journalists and visitors will have access to immersive 3D technology, virtual and augmented reality dedicated to naval activities, presented by prestigious partners. 

The scope of these technologies covers everything including vessel design and construction, project review, operator and production personnel training, phases of a product’s life cycle applied to maritime transport, naval defense and underwater exploration. 
 
For the second time, a training and education area will bring together the universities, “grandes écoles” and research centers to reinforce the links with the naval industry.
 
Particular efforts have been made this year to integrate major international participation into two of the three proposed plenary conferences. 
 
Tuesday October 28: “Development of types of sea conflicts between today and 2025” with an assessment of whether the technological means available are appropriate and adequate for solving security problems. 
 
Wednesday October 29: “The contribution of international cooperation for maintaining a powerful industrial tool” or methods of international cooperation methods via technology transfers and the need to possess a high-performance, industrial tool in order to rationally and safely exploit maritime assets.
 
Tomorrow’s systems
In the technological workshops there will be presentations of tomorrow’s systems for meeting the needs of buyers of equipment plus service providers. 
 
All the prizes awarded during the exhibition are labels of excellence. Two of the three categories of the Euronaval trophies are open to international innovations: one innovation trophy for the vessel of the future and another for maritime security. The third trophy, dedicated to performance, rewards the French SME having implemented the best project for export, diversification, establishment or export partnership. 
 
Launched at Euronaval 2012, this year Campus Naval France will bring together the main bodies of in-service training schemes for naval trades to promote access to trades in the naval sector.
 
The national pavilions at Euronaval will be Brazil, Italy, Russia, Norway, The Netherlands, Chile, UK, USA and Germany. 
 
Trade professionals and high-level delegations make it a point to visit the national pavilions to seek the highest quality products and services on display, network with new-to-market companies, and discuss business opportunities in the region.
 
 Text/Photo Credit: www.euronaval.fr
 

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