MIDDLE EAST EXTENDS ITS APPEAL

New exhibitors for Aircraft Interiors Middle East in 2017

The Middle East is a burgeoning market for aircraft interiors, as evidenced by the number of first-time exhibitors at Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) taking place in Dubai in February. Representing a variety of sectors within the broad aircraft interiors industry, including uniforms, fabrics, lighting and camera systems, among others, the new exhibitors are keen to promote their products to the 4500 industry professionals and airline representatives who will be at AIME.

By 2020, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian markets are predicted to jointly command 27.3% of global demand for cabin interiors, according to Frost & Sullivan. Dubai’s geocentric location makes it an ideal place to meet those markets and is within convenient travel of two thirds of the world, including Europe.

Among those exhibiting for the first time in 2017 are Saudi Arabia based SABIC, Kadifeteks from Turkey, Modus from Poland and UK based Beadlight.

“Beadlight is excited to be exhibiting in the Middle East for the first time in 2017,” said Gina Amies, Director of Beadlight Ltd. “The Middle East is a rapidly growing market and we think AIME is a great show to exhibit our products and demonstrate our commitment to the market.” The company will be showcasing its new products: Stellar, design to be fixed into a seat shell or monument; Mono fixed position light with a push open spring mechanism; and Sirocco M micro swivel light, alongside existing popular ranges.

This sentiment is echoed by Piotr Nowaczyk, Export Manager at Modus. “The Middle East is important because we can see that it is growing market, and we would like to introduce our uniforms to this market. We feel AIME is the ideal place to do this.”

Global Airline Passenger Communications System Market 2016-2020 analysts forecast the communications system market to grow at a CAGR of 8.65% during the period 2016-2020 while the global IFEC Market will be worth $5.8billion by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets. The Inflight IFEC Pavilion will again be returning to AIME, also with several new exhibitors including Latecoere and Pascall Electronics.

“Pascall Electronics are pleased to be exhibiting for the first time at AIME 2017,” said Phil Brace, IFEC & Airborne Power Solutions, Pascall Electronics Limited. “We decided to participate as we are expanding our focus in the ‘in-cabin power systems’ market beyond the conventional IFE and connectivity systems that we support today. The Middle East is important to us as it has been a region where our products have been used in a number of the premium airlines and LCC’s. It is a growing market area, as more airlines offer BYOD IFE and connectivity services.”

Pascall Electronics plan to exhibit their capabilities as a supplier of custom power solutions for civil aerospace applications, and showcase next generation high efficiency, lightweight power LRU’s focused on providing high power USB charging for customer PED’s.

“We have seen an incredible increase in new exhibitors ahead of the 2017 event,” says Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of AIME organisers F&E Aerospace. “With the growth predicted in the region, it’s no surprise that that the show is cementing its reputation as an important part of the industry’s calendar.”

The exhibitors at AIME represent all sectors of the aircraft interiors industry, from seating and flooring to galley equipment. AIME is co-located with MRO Middle East and takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 08-09 February 2017.

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