A Series of Fortunate Events

BVAA’s been busy attending industry events up & down the country


DPRTE 2018
The BVAA exhibited at the Defence and Procurement, Research and Technology, Exportability Event - one of the UK’s leading defence procurement and supply chain events in Cardiff on the 27th March 2018.

With over 1,300 delegates, 125 exhibitors, 1-2-1 opportunities, and prominent speakers throughout the day covering a range of subjects regarding the defence industry’s supply chain.

The day promised the BVAA an invaluable opportunity to find new MOD contacts, desktop, business and training opportunities and of course to say hello to members also visiting.

Attended by the BVAA Business Development Consultant, Rob Boycott and BVAA Events Manager, Barbara Lestak-Maynes, the BVAA stand was visited by a myriad of Abbey Wood MOD and Armed Forces personnel, potential future BVAA members and current members. Some 1-2-1 meetings with Raytheon and GE Aviation, as well a conversations with BAE Systems gave us a good insight into the amount of red tape and obstacles to conquer to be well-established in the defence supply chain.

With success meeting new contacts, we look to secure new opportunities with Abbey Wood and other MOD venues in the near future - watch this space!

EDF Energy’s Heysham Expo
On 21st March, BVAA’s BD Consultant Rob Boycott attended an Engineering & Technology Solutions event at EDF Energy’s Heysham site near Lancaster on behalf of BVAA.

The event drew over 600 visitors – mainly EDF staff and contractors – and Rob fielded a flurry of enquiries on products, services, membership and training.

There was a great deal of interest in BVAA’s ‘User Manual’ too and Rob was completely cleaned out of promotional material!

As Rob himself said, ‘The best exhibition I’ve ever been involved with!!’ As a result, BVAA will now also be present at similar events in the summer at Stanlow Oil Refinery and BAE Barrow, underlining again that BVAA is keenly supporting all fluid control markets.

Fluid Power Expo
BVAA exhibited 10th ~12th April at the Fluid Power Expo, part of the cluster of Engineering events held bi-annually at the NEC.

The Association’s Director & CEO Rob Bartlett was joined by Vron Willard - a combination giving the stand we felt a rather unnervingly large number of years’ of experience of the fluid power scene!

The small group of exhibiting members and the BVAA itself were rewarded with a steady stream of quality visitors and the occasional very good enquiry, and in BVAA’s case, an awful lot of visitors popping by to say ‘hello.’

Consequently we were able to point valve and actuator customers in the right direction for product-sourcing, and are currently pursuing a number of membership enquiries.

If you attended or exhibited at the event we’d welcome your thoughts and feedback, or even on taking a stand in two years’ time.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 45

Winter 2018 // Issue 47
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