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Anita Mathews, Group Director – Industrial Group, Informa Exhibitions, gives a preview of the upcoming Power Nigeria exhibition in Lagos.
How many people are expected to attend this year's exhibition?
At this year’s edition of Power Nigeria, we are expecting to welcome over 3000 local and international visitors from the Power and Energy industry to the show.
When and where will it take place?
The exhibition will be held from 5-7 September 2017 and has moved to a new location for the first time ever – the Landmark Centre in Lagos. One of the main reasons behind the relocation is that in 2017, the Landmark Centre opened its second hall which has boosted the facility to 4200 sqm of exhibition and conference space enabling us to manage the growth of the event without impacting our visitors experience.
What will happen at this year's event?
This year we have over 100 key regional and international companies taking part, up from 85 last year. This is supported by two free-to-attend conference agendas with over 11 influential speakers taking part, three country pavilions – India, Turkey and China – a free workshop and several new-to-market product launches. For the conference stream this year we have focused on the financials and risk management of Nigeria’s power market, as well as how to better reach electricity customers across the country and the rise of solar as an alternative power source.
Why is it important for key players in the power industry to attend?
Nigeria remains an important investment destination and our vision is to provide a trade platform bringing the manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and technology in direct contact with the decision makers, specifiers and distributors of products in the power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable and lighting sectors. Many of our international exhibitors view Nigeria as a key export market and with the country’s urgent need to improve basic power infrastructure and systems, exhibitors are keen to offer their full services to the decision makers in Nigeria. Therefore, due to the government recognition and established presence of the event, Power Nigeria is the ideal platform for companies looking to introduce their products and services or grow their business network in the West African region.
Can you provide any information about any standout exhibitions this year?
Some of our standout exhibitors this year include Cummins, Polycab, Gil Automations, Beta Transformator and Skipper Seil.
How many years has Informa Exhibitions been organising the conference?
This will be the 6th Edition of Power Nigeria.
Why is it called Power Nigeria? Is the conference specifically aimed at showcasing power industry players in Nigeria or is targeting other power stakeholders in Africa as well?
Informa has a strong track record of organising and launching exhibitions in the Middle East and Africa with the flagship event, Middle East Electricity, holding the title of world’s largest power event. Each year, across the 8 events within the Informa Industrial Group, we connect over 3000 exhibitors to an audience of over 48,000 unique buyers putting us in a strong position to present the latest developments in the industry and be a platform for exhibitors to launch new products to a developing market like Nigeria. Power Nigeria draws on the strengths of Informa Industrial Group’s geographical foothold in the Middle East and Africa through its partner events Electricx and Solar-Tec in Cairo and Middle East Electricity in Dubai. We are fortunate to have a loyal base of exhibitors who recognise the value of exhibiting at an Informa event in these key geo-sectors and this of course extends to Power Nigeria with over 75% of exhibitors participating in at least one of our other power events.
Power Nigeria will take place at a new purpose built exhibition venue in Lagos - Landmark Centre, Nigeria from the 5 -
7 September 2017. Register for FREE today.