Farnborough Airshow is listed as one of the greatest Airshows in the world and Hurst Green Plastics were delighted to exhibit for the 10th Time and showcase our TwinBin System including RFID and brand new patent protected Cloud based Storage Solutions.
The Farnborough Airshow; which ran from 11th – 17th July including two busy public days; was a hive of Aviation knowledge and expertise. Historically, Farnborough is a proud site of Aviation History which includes the first powered flight in the UK by Samuel Franklin Cody in 1908 – so what better place to hold a show dedicated to the Aerospace Industry!
Chairman Stephen Clarke, Director Martine Dunand-Clarke and Design Engineer Mark Schofield travelled down from Lancashire to Farnborough on Saturday 9th July to build the stand over the weekend ready for us to showcase our products to the world on Monday 11th July. Chairman Stephen Clarke explained the build up to the event;
‘There’s always a buzz in the office in the lead up to The Farnborough Airshow and the whole team gets involved to make the show a success with absolutely everybody having an input in the stand design and layout. It’s always fantastic to have the stand all finalised before the show opens to view everybody’s hard work.’
Managing Director Tommy Sharples, Account Director Julie Monaco and Office Manager Louise Cross began their travels on Sunday 10th July with a couple of networking receptions taking place in London in the early evening before the show opened. The first event was Aerospace Alliance Farnborough Reception on the Thames. This was a delightful networking event taking place on a Boat Trip along the Thames with a view of some of London’s most prestigious landmarks. The second event was the State of Alabama Networking Event which took place at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet with Aerospace and Non Aerospace contacts from the Alabama State in the beautiful surrounding of the gardens at Kensington Palace.
After a very busy pre-show weekend, the team arrived at the show bright and early on the first day to put the final touches to the stand prior to the show beginning. Once the show began Hall 1 was a hive of activity with visitors from across the world ready to begin and maintain business relationships however the infamous British Weather had a different plan… After a long day of heavy rain, the event had no choice but to close early due to flooding fears. At approximately 3:00pm on the first day, the entire of Hall 1 plunged into darkness as the organisers and safety officers feared for the safety of visitors and exhibitors and were forced to turn all the electricity off. Office Manager Louise explained what happened;
‘The entire of the hall went pitch black and with our Stand being directly in the middle of the hall, you couldn’t see a thing! However, with the use of torches we all managed to find our way out with the guidance and instruction of the organisers and safety staff onsite.’
Luckily the rain subsided throughout the evening and the event opened on time for day 2. The second day started with a buzz with lots of visitors returning following the early closure the day before. The Hurst Green Team had 3 events planned throughout the day with a very busy stand the team found themselves busy from the moment the doors opened until the moment the doors closed. Day 3 and 4 was filled with meetings and visitors from across the globe which kept the entire team on their toes! Day 5 (Futures Day) brought in the next generation ready and eager to learn more about the Aerospace Industry (including a talk from Astronaut Tim Peake!). There were thousands of questions asked throughout the day about what we do and who we are and it was inspirational to see such a group of such enthusiastic people. With the final trade day winding down the team found themselves outside watching some of the flying displays (Including the eagerly awaited F-35 – which did not disappoint).
Hurst Green Plastics were proud to be part of the event which saw 1500 exhibitors from 52 Countries and $124bn of orders from the 95 Aircraft featured in the static or flying displays. The show had 23 international pavilions which brought over 73,000 trade visitors over 5 days and we were delighted to be a part of it.
With 2018 just around the corner we definitely look forward to seeing you all there!