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Record breaking numbers for Lab Innovations 2019
Nov 21 2019
Lab Innovations celebrated its 8th edition on 30 & 31 October 2019, trumping all records for the event. Attracting 3,860 attendees - an impressive 24% increase on the previous year - this makes it the largest Lab Innovations to date. Over 160 exhibitors displayed a diverse and innovative product offering to visitors from more sectors than ever before, emphasising the event’s place as the UK’s largest annual trade exhibition dedicated to the entire laboratory industry.
Returning once more to Birmingham’s NEC, with lab procurement decision makers making up 75% of those in attendance, Lab Innovations 2019 was clearly an event driving the business of science. It saw an increase in lab managers of 9%, scientists 9%, procurement managers 32%, chemists 65% and lab technicians 24%; demonstrating a true hunger for future-proofing laboratories across the UK.
Josh Chapman, Managing Director, Scientific Laboratory Supplies emphasised the growth and quality of professionals, commenting, “Lab Innovations is an unmissable event for us as we are able to meet a wide variety of lab professionals from a multitude of sectors. Both SLS and our suppliers are able to make hundreds of new business connections and showcase products to thousands of people across two days, which would otherwise take months to do. Every year the event grows and the quality of visitors this year has been second to none.”
The buzz of activity across the two days of the event was bursting with business, networking and innovation. Home to a host of sustainable solutions and technologies to future-proof laboratories, Lab Innovations featured exhibitors showcasing products applicable to a plethora of sectors including food & drink, cleanroom, pharmaceuticals, academia, medical and more.
The subject of sustainability in the lab remains pertinent and continued to be a big focus for the event. The Sustainable Lab feature returned by popular demand for a second consecutive year, showing visitors how even small improvements in technology, procurement and best practice can reduce running costs to make funding go further. Director of Green Light Laboratories, Andy Evans, hosted packed hourly tours in the Sustainable Lab, demonstrating case studies on smart equipment monitoring, fridge performance and fume cupboard loading.
With new technological developments and digitisation expanding the boundaries of research and science, the popular Insights and Innovation seminars supported lab professionals in future-proofing their laboratory and learning best practice for lab management. Expert speakers demonstrated new technologies that will help accelerate or improve processes, benefit research and keep their laboratory at the forefront of the industry. Topics included ‘Combining AI and Computer Vision to Address Research Challenges’ and ‘Using Virtual Reality in The Lab’, ‘Evolution of UKAS Assessments’, ‘Cannabis Testing - growing pains & how to reach the highs’ and ‘New Approaches to the Skills Crisis’.
Plans for Lab Innovations 2020 are well under way and the organisers already have more fresh ideas to grow the event even further next year. Easyfairs Divisional Director, Alison Willis commented, “Lab Innovations 2019 has been the biggest and best event to date with a clear dynamism and buzz from both exhibitors and visitors, who are keen to return next year. With over 84% of our current floor space already rebooked, the success and value of Lab Innovations 2019 is evident – we are now really looking forward to an even bigger and better show in 2020.”
Lab Innovations 2020 will take place on 4 & 5 November at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Register your interest to exhibit or visit on the event website.
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