Record numbers of attendees visited this year’s MLA Expo hosted at the Telford International Centre from 4 – 6 October. The 20th anniversary event, hosted by the Master Locksmith Association and sponsored by DOM-UK, was hailed as the most successful to date with a 32% rise in visitor numbers.
The biennial trade show is Europe’s premier exhibition for the locksmith and security industry. Initial figures show that the three-day exhibition attracted over 3,500 attendees from across Europe, with an unprecedented sell-out of many of the 80 training courses held during the event.
Over 100 lock manufacturers, locksmith tool and security product suppliers exhibited across two exhibition halls at the venue. Demonstrations, training courses, seminars and new product launches were all held during the event with special MLA Expo deals available for visitors.
Visitors travelled from across Europe to attend the show which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended. Feedback showed that visitors appreciated the professionalism of the event and understood the importance and value in attending to see and hear about the latest industry trends and product innovations as well as attending discussions and presentations on the issues affecting the industry.
Organisers, the Master Locksmiths Association, are already planning to bring the MLA Expo back in 2021 and are working closely with the Auto Locksmiths Association who run the area called ‘The Garage’ which showcases products and services specific to the auto-locksmithing industry and on-vehicle training area.
Historically, the MLA Expo started life as a small event hosted in hotels, it has grown significantly over the past 20 years and is now the largest Locksmith and Security event of its kind in Europe, requiring a purpose-built exhibition venue of 6000+ square meters to accommodate the number of exhibitors and visitors who attend.
Some of the feedback from delegates and exhibitors included:
ABS Avocet, Exhibitor, said:
We worked the best show ever- Quality Visitors throughout the 3 days- exceptional organisation in all areas- no dramas- Impressive Exhibitor list- massive opportunities for the ABS Brands- stand size & selling platform all perfect- we had an open house style > welcomed so many Visitors from Middle East Europe -Big thanks to all of our Loyal Dealers for sharing/buying/supporting the Brand- more new products to arrive soon.
Well done MLA Team- you should be Exceptionally Proud- more like this please- what a team MLA.
Another lock manufacturer who hadn’t exhibited commented on how large, professional and busy the show was, highlighting they had made a mistake in not being there but they would be exhibiting next time.
Locksmith visitor P. Collins said:
“A great show, all I needed in one place, first class training and meeting my colleagues and fellow Professionals, bring on 2021.”
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