Parasitec 2014 held at the Espace Champerret on 19 to 21 November was bigger and better than ever. There was a massive 34% increase in the number of exhibitors compared to 2012, when the event was last in Paris, bringing the total number of display stands to 90. Visitor numbers were also up, by 17%, to 2,476 and 22% of these (544) were from countries outside France. Thats an extra 221 overseas visitors compared to 2012.
It was held for three days 19 to 21 November and for the second time in the easy to reach Espace Champerret, close to the Porte de Chaperret on the Paris Periphique.
Exhibitors came from far & wide
All of this lent a more international feel to the show which was also reflected in the addition of two English-French simultaneous translation booths in the conference room for the seminars. The room had seating for 120 but with record numbers attending some visitors, who could not get into the room, protested that fewer places had been provided, which was not the case.
A whole room for the LODI bar!
Speaking to the LODI team we discovered the company is to open a Moscow office very soon. It will be managed by Valery Smolianinov, who was on the stand, and has recently been appointed country manager for Russia.
The general refreshment area was improved over two years ago but there is still a need for far more tables and chairs. Part of the appeal of such events is that they provide an opportunity for companies and individuals to meet each other. Fortunately the weather was fine as several of these impromptu meetings had to be staged standing in the fresh air outside the exhibition hall.
Lunch provided by N&Pi!
But it’s not all fun and jollity; there were plenty of new products to find out about and some interesting technical seminars to attend.
CEPA CEN Standard nearly with us
So, all in all it was a pretty good show. We asked Pierre Kabouche from the organisers what he thought were the reasons for the success of Parasitec 2014. He said: “For me this year’s show confirmed that pest control is becoming a real trade, a distinct profession with a growing need for information and effective solutions that respect the environment. It also demonstrates that the world is becoming more and more sensitive to the problems of public health and food security. The quality of the products shown here, the interest shown by visitors in regulatory issues and technical subjects are proof that this industry has matured. I am sure it will play a leading role in a growing number of countries and that it is preparing for that role with true professionalism.”
Standing room only at the popular seminars
As for the future Pierre continued: “More and more countries are looking to develop their pest control industry. For example, we have just had confirmation of an agreement with the Ministry of Health in Morocco to organise, in partnership, four technical training sessions in major Moroccan cities during 2015.
Istanbul in 2015