Collaboration to meet challenges of the present and future

Collaboration to meet the challenges of the present and future is the message carried by over 5500 ATM professionals who flocked from 115 countries to attend the largest ever ATC Global (www.atcglobalhub.com) this month. Representing decision-makers from across the entire ATM buying and influencing community, from governments, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), civil aviation authorities and regulators, to airports, airlines, consultancies, manufacturers and military ATM, ATC Global delivered an unrivalled business platform to the industry in its 22nd year.

As the worlds leading ATM Exhibition and Conference, ATC Global is backed by many of the industrys key players and for 2012, industry collaborators included ICAO, EUROCONTROL, SESAR JU, IATA, EUROCAE, EASA, Open Geospatial Consortium and the European Commission. Testament to the quality and breadth of the events audience in 2012, over 130 exhibiting companies are already signed up for 2013. Key names include ANSPs such as ISAVIA/Tern Systems and ATNS as well as international suppliers such as Indra, Northrop Grumman, Moog Fernau, ITT Exelis, Era, Telephonics, Schmid Telecom, GE Aviation, Comsoft and Barco.

Natalie Hammerich, CEO, ATRiCS, said: ATC Global 2012 has been every bit as good as 2011, weve been really satisfied. Most importantly, its the key event for us because unlike other shows, it is truly global and covers the breadth of the industry.

2012 saw a significant increase in visitor numbers from Asia and the Middle East and North Africa and new air navigation service providers (ANSPs) Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs), as well as Airports and Airport Authorities. New and returning visitors travelling from outside Europe included ANSPs and key stakeholders from Afghanistan, Kuwait, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Lebanon, Vietnam, Peoples Republic of China, Nepal, India, Peru, Mongolia, Mexico, and Columbia amongst others.

Martin Wise, Sales and Marketing Director, Micronav said: The extra programmes that UBM has put on have been appreciated by exhibitors who understand the extra effort the company makes to match with top airlines. The level of visitors at ATC Global is consistently decision making (year on year). Its an opportunity to generate leads and get brand exposure. Weve met people who are in the market to purchase.

Taking time out to attend trade shows, particularly in todays economic climate, must achieve solid ROI for the ATM community. Good business is about meeting the right people at the right time and ATC Global delivers this, uniting key players across the entire ATC chain under one roof, said Paula Milburn, Event Director at UBM, organiser of ATC Global. As the global ATM system is highly fragmented and the industry geographically dispersed, opportunities to bring the industry together to share best practice, knowledge and expertise are essential in meeting the challenges of the present and the future. We have spent 22 years working with and listening closely to the needs of our industry and continually adapt our offering to facilitate the high level of business opportunities our audience demands, she continues.

Facilitated networking, increasing knowledge-base and establishing new business relationships are top priorities for the ATM attending ATC Global. To facilitate this in 2012, organiser UBM, one of the worlds leading event organisers, injected major investment into a range of high-level networking opportunities including an enhanced hosted buyer programme and a new VIP networking dinner. The event organisers hosted 45+ ANSP buyers on their VIP programme who undertook over 300 meetings with service and technology suppliers. The dinner, which culminated with an inspirational speech from famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin, saw over 300 senior decision-makers from the global ATC community join together and network late into the night.

UBMs proven track record in the delivery of events for the aviation industry, combined with its strong international network and database, enables ATC Global to reach out to the ATM industry around the world, says Milburn. With the 2013 Advisory Board already assembled and discussing plans from their first meeting this week, the ATC Global team looks forward to updating the industry on its exciting new plans soon, she concludes.

Isabelle Rossi, International & Commercial Affairs, ENAC said: Its important for us to be here, all our main customers attend ATC Global every year. Weve already rebooked for ATC Global 2013!

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Reinforcing its position as the worlds leading ATM Exhibition and Conference, ATC Global (www.atcglobalhub.com) has registered over 1,700 ATM professionals for its 2013 event.

Representing decision-makers from across the entire ATM buying and influencing community, including over 80 major European and worldwide ANSPs and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs), as well as Regulators, ATM military, manufacturers, airports, airlines, consultancies, associations and agencies have declared their support and intent to attend ATC Global 2013. Key organisations include ASECNA, AENA, DSNA, Skyguide, LVNL, Air Services Australia, Nepal CAA, NATS, Nav Portugal, FAA, GACA Saudi Arabia and Belgocontrol amongst others.

Amadou Ousmane Guitteye, Director General, ASECNA said: ATC Global 2012 was my first experience as a conference panellist at this important aviation forum. The quality and span of the topics and experts, actually made the event a great success as it gave to the aviation industry the opportunity to better exchange information out of the conventional paths of meetings, seminars either bilateral or multilateral. I expect to return next year and I once again wish to congratulate your winning team.

David McMillan, Director General, EUROCONTROL commented at ATC Global Just look around you, you can see worlds ATM community is here, it is very important for us at EUROCONTROL to be part of that, to be with our partners, to speak to them, to listen to them, its a key event for us.

The 2013 event is expected to build upon 2012s success which delivered continued year on year growth with close to 5,600* total attendees. Of particular note was a 21 percent increase in attendance from ANSPs, Government and CAAs and 10 percent increase in airports and airport authorities. The event also saw a significant increase in visitor numbers from Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. New and returning visitors travelling from outside Europe included ANSPs and key stakeholders from Afghanistan, Kuwait, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Lebanon, Vietnam, Peoples Republic of China, Nepal, India, Peru, Mongolia, Mexico, and Columbia amongst others.

NAV Portugal is one of the ANSPs due to return to ATC Global next year. José Vermelhudo, Head of Systems and Software, NAV Portugal, said: I've very much enjoyed this year's event; ATC Global is the only industry event worth attending - you find the full breadth of the industry at the show. There is a huge range of suppliers and great networking opportunities. I will definitely be here next year - ATC Global is the only event to showcase the latest developments and stay up to date with the market.

To receive such overwhelming support from the ATM community just weeks after closing the 2012 event is truly humbling and is testament to the 22 years that UBM has spent working with the industry to build ATC Global and evolve the event in response to industry needs, said Paula Milburn, Event Director for ATC Global. The significant investment that UBM made in the provision of facilitated networking this year, including the enhanced hosted buyer programme and the new VIP networking dinner, has been well received and we plan to develop these initiatives further for 2013, she adds.

Nicholas Clarke, Co 1CCS, RAAF Australia visited the 2012 event: We travelled from Australia and the visit has been hugely beneficial, we've had fantastic meetings with suppliers that we wouldn't otherwise get face-to-face time with. I'd fully recommend ATC Global, its educational sessions and wide range of exhibitors.

Paula Milburn concludes: Our Advisory Board of key industry stakeholders is already assembled and has met to discuss plans for 2013. We look forward to updating the industry on these exciting plans soon.

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