Oil distribution industry exhibition, FPS EXPO 2015, which took place at the Harrogate International Conference Centre, was a resounding success for visitors and exhibitors alike. Now in its 35th year the show, which was launched in 1980, attracted over 110 exhibitors and enjoyed an increase in visitor numbers by 20% over the two days the event was hosted compared to 2014.
The UK’s only comprehensive event for the oil distribution industry, FPS EXPO is a key event for all industry professionals interested in state-of-the art products and solutions, including storage tank manufacturers and accessories, tanker and commercial vehicle manufacturers, computer technology and support services including HMRC.
Pre-registration figures increased by 50% compared to 2014 and the exhibition itself grew in size with the addition of an extra hall to the previous year’s EXPO in April 2014. Over 1,600 movers and shakers and key decision makers from the oil distribution industry world attended over the two days, including 12% of delegates from European countries and 3% from non-European countries as far afield as Australia
Many exhibitors gave positive feedback.
Pete George, Managing Director of Phillips 66 UK & Ireland Marketing, said, “FPS EXPO 2015 was very well attended and certainly a great success from our perspective. Our stand was buzzing with visitors from early until late each day. The show provides an excellent networking opportunity for us to meet face to face with existing and potential wholesale customers.
“The refining industry is facing challenging times but events like FPS Expo bring a great cross section of the industry together and provide a platform for companies to shout about their achievements and success. We’re certainly looking forward to Liverpool in 2016!”
Martin Cook, Mabanaft’s Marketing Manager commented, “FPS is a key event in Mabanaft’s marketing calendar. We see it as an excellent opportunity to meet with our existing clients and suppliers and to be in front of new prospects.”
Mark Price of MAN Truck & Bus UK said “The FPS Expo is the leading event for the oil distribution industry and its associated trades. As a vehicle manufacturer, which also provides specialist maintenance services, MAN Truck & Bus UK is always keen to exhibit at the event and sees it as an opportunity to meet with decision-makers and experts in the field, build relationships and maximise opportunities.”
David Heath of Clugston Distribution Services Limited added, “We have attended for the last three years and have found we have secured business with new and existing clients on all occasions. It gives a good opportunity to meet up and talk informally to our customer base.”
Dunraven Systems‘ Michael McCaughley said, “We had another very successful FPS EXPO, with considerable interest from attendees in our range of Apollo RMS remote tank monitoring systems. As well as providing a great opportunity to meet with new and existing customers in Ireland and the UK, FPS EXPO is the prefect platform to promote our product range to a growing number of overseas visitors as we develop our business in new, international markets.”
Dawn Shakespeare, Marketing & Events Manager for the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers), and organiser of the FPS EXPO 2015, said, “This year’s event was our last year at Harrogate and it was an even bigger success than last year’s show with over 7000 sq. metres of exhibition space covered and for the first time we expanded into Hall A.
“We are looking forward to the 2016 show, which we expect will attract even more visitors as we are going to the new exhibition facility in Liverpool – Liverpool Exhibition Centre – which is due to be complete in September 2015. The real measure of FPS EXPO’s success this year was the extraordinary high number of exhibitors who re-booked for next year’s event while still at the show! There is already considerable pressure on available space as so many exhibitors want bigger stands and new exhibitors are waiting to come in. I think going to a new exhibition centre and a new city has created a buzz about FPS EXPO 2016.”
FPS EXPO 2016 will be the 36th exhibition. Anyone requiring information on exhibiting at this industry-led event and to book your exhibition space for 2016 at the Liverpool ECL on 20th and 21st April 2016 should call the FPS on +44(0)121 767 1320 or e-mail email@example.com.