Organisers of CABSAT claim that the number of exhibitors has already gone up substantially since the last year with many new entrants confirmed to participate in the 2012 edition of the show. Although the show will continue to be held at the Sheikh Saeed Halls, owing to its close proximity with the metro station, […]
Organisers of CABSAT claim that the number of exhibitors has already gone up substantially since the last year with many new entrants confirmed to participate in the 2012 edition of the show. Although the show will continue to be held at the Sheikh Saeed Halls, owing to its close proximity with the metro station, the conference activity has been relocated to the conference rooms to accommodate more exhibitors.
Several companies including Masstech, AV MEA, Somita, Crystal Vision and Phabrix, Eurotek, Focus Middle East, Superior Electric, RF Design, Cryptoguard, Ikegami, Felix Technologies, Skill Technologies, Screen Service Broadcasting, Broadcast Automation, Humax and Broadcast Automation Systems are joining the exhibition for the first time. Somita and Humax have booked huge stands while Libec and Irdeto have confirmed stands after a two-year absence from the show.
Many of the traditional exhibitors at CABSAT including Axon, TSL, Panasonic, LIVE, Hitachi, Miranda, Quantel, DB Electronica, Calrec, Ross Video, FABT, Harmonic, Ensemble and Wasp 3D have booked larger stands this year, according to Roberts.
In fact, Canon has increased its space by 50% after its first successful showing at CABSAT last year.
Speaking about the reason for the increasing interest in CABSAT, David Roberts, industry group manager, CABSAT said: I think its a combination of the stature of CABSAT rising in recent years, along with the huge investment in broadcast and satellite technology throughout the Middle East, Southern Asia and Africa.
As CABSAT is the trade platform serving these regions, it is only natural that these companies should gravitate towards the show. Bear in mind that many companies are from regions that are still in the grip of a very severe recession so they may have to look beyond their traditional markets for new business.
CABSAT will continue to be hosted at the Sheikh Saeed Hall although the majority of the conference activity has been taken off the show floor to ensure that more exhibitors can be accommodated at the venue this year.
We are also building into the bulkhead areas, and altogether this should give us 10-15% more exhibition space, added Roberts.
Besides showcasing traditional solutions, many camera manufacturers and distributors at CABSAT will also have a dedicated DSLR space at their stands.
CABSAT is mulling a new hall format for 2013 owing to its inability to accommodate more exhibitors or provide larger stands for the coming event, which is scheduled to be held from February 28th to March 1st.