ATC Global 2008 took place last month, on 11-13 March at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Netherlands, providing a unique meeting point for the air traffic management industry.
Previously ATC Maastricht, ATC Global has lived up to its new name enticing visitors from 95 countries and boasting a total attendance of 4800 (organisers statement subject to ABC audit). With 2980 pure visitors, it was up by 15% on the 2007 event. The international event proved to be bigger and better than previous years. It celebrated its new location and venue not just with more visitors than ever before but also close to 200 of the industrys leading suppliers, numerous live products demonstrations, seminars, and workshops plus a two day Conference and industry Awards gala. The relocation to Amsterdam has improved accessibility and achieved a significant uplift in attendance. With the increased capacity that the Amsterdam RAI can offer, we now have the space and facilities to continue to grow and develop the event in line with the needs of the industry, commented Paula Milburn, ATC Global Event Director, and continued, Having established the new name and settled into the new venue, we will continue to work towards our goal of delivering the definitive event for the global ATM industry. The event offered much opportunity for free education to visitors, hosting a three day seminar programme plus two further half day workshops. The seminars included presentations from companies including Qinetiq, DFS, Thales, SITA, Boeing, ERA and SELEX. The two workshops Towards the net-centric aeronautical information environment achieving AIM run by EUROCONTROL and SES, SESAR and the changing world of standards organised by HELIOS in association with EUROCAE, together attracted nearly 200 attendees. The Performance-based Global ATM Conference, which ran alongside the Exhibition on days one and two, was a huge success with nearly 400 delegates representing a truly global audience with attendees from 43 different countries. The Conference attracted a high calibre of industry professional with directors, heads and presidents making up 55% of the delegate attendees and the remaining of senior managerial, expert, consultant and engineer job positions. The 15% increase in floor space compared to 2007 meant the showfloor presented a wide range of industry leading suppliers. 94% of stand space was rebooked for the 2009 event onsite with many exhibitors showering the event with praise. Exhibiting at ATC Global is part of our international marketing campaign it gives us a platform for establishing contacts where we have many worthwhile conversations. It has been a successful three days! Our sponsorship deal with ATC Global has also been very beneficial. Rüdiger Mandry, Communication Agency, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH 2008 has been a great show with good quality visitors, buyers and end-users representing a whole range of the industry. It also has provided an ideal meeting point where I have been able to develop new contacts. Robert Sedgbeer, Director of International Business Development, L3 Communications Essco We have had many positive conversations with visitors and with such a great venue and stand location we have booked up for next year! It has been a very good and enjoyable event. Laura Newton, Business Operations, Boeing We have met a high level of quality visitors and made some good contacts at ATC Global. The show is the best international event we attend and is an essential event for keeping up to date with the market evaluation for ATC. John Trueblood, Senior Program Manager, Aydin Displays Inc. Next year, ATC Global will take place on 17-19 March at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Netherlands and will be a must attend event for ATM professionals worldwide. For further information and to register go to www.atcevents.com