Whatever some rival shows may advocate, one simply has to look at the figures to see that Eurosatory is the indisputable number one land and air-land defence and security show in the world. Launched in 1960 at the French army’s experimental unit at Satory near Versailles as an annual display of equipment, it developed into a three-day biennial exhibition of some 30 French defence manufacturers by 1967, before becoming Eurosatory in 1992. Today the show is the world’s biggest and most important in the sector in terms of space, number of exhibitors, countries represented, number of visitors and delegations.
This is no sweeping statement, as a few figures confirm: 2014 has seen a 6.8 per cent rise in the net surface of indoor stands at 72,478m² (compared with 67,883m² in 2012) using the full space offered by Halls 5 and 6 at the Paris-Villepinte exhibition centre. And if one includes the vast outdoor areas, then the total exhibition space rises to 175,523m² (163,523m² in 2012).
Exhibitors like coming here, because of the 1,432 present in 2012, 72 per cent have returned. A further 69 are first-timers, taking the number of exhibitors this year to 1,505. Easy, you might think: the exhibitors are on their home ground. Wrong! French exhibitors make up only 31 per cent of the total. The remainder come from 59 other countries (53 in 2012). The 58,000 professional visitors expected also like coming, because 50 per cent have been before. In 2012, there were 53,480 visitors from 130 countries.
So, let it be crystal clear: compared with its competitors, Eurosatory is the indisputable number one!