Lights, camera, action at IDEX

Andy On Film

Day 3 – Continued
Between a couple of quality visits in the afternoon and an impromptu video interview with Shephard Media‘s Tim Fish, Land and Support Editor (pictured above), we were able to arrange two very promising meetings for Day 4, which could really put the icing on the IDEX cake. The afternoon was steady and the show was at its halfway point. We were feeling very positive given the quality of the enquiries we had received so far. This coupled with Wednesday’s meetings had given us an energy boost, which is just as well as it was time for home and yet another gym session.

Day 4 – A busy day
The morning of Day 4 started the same as always (I am now on first name terms with all the members of the gym). After a quick catch up with UKTI, we arrived at the stand early to prepare for our meetings. The morning saw quite a flurry of visitors to the stand and a visit from an old customer of ours, who was good to catch up with.

Meeting at IDEX 2015

Our meetings were scheduled for the afternoon. Both went extremely well, allowing us to make some strong connections which will hopefully open some extra doors into the region. Day 4 has been the hardest day so far, but regarding the people we have met and spoken to, it has been without doubt our best day at the show to date…
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Rubb lands at IDEX

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor (pictured below right) and Sales Manager Andy Knox gear up for IDEX 2015. Andy returns to the Rubb Blog with all the latest news from the show in Abu Dhabi…

Rubb Stand 06-A38
Setting up – An early start
We checked into the hotel at 4am on Saturday and then we were up and out again at 8am to go and collect our passes and set up ready for the opening day. The stand showcasing our military buildings looked good (Hall 06 – Stand A38). Once we had checked everything over and delivered our brochures to the appropriate parties we were done ready for the show to start.
We could not have picked a better hotel. The Novotel Al Bustan is clean, friendly, comfortable and perfectly located, just a five minute taxi ride to and from the exhibition centre. The plan was simple, gym, food, beer whilst watching the match and then bed (we won’t discuss the match).

Day 1 – Don’t look down!
We arrived at the exhibition nice and early on Sunday to get a pre-show walk around and get our bearings. The morning was a little quiet but the opening ceremony was very entertaining and by the afternoon the familiar buzz of chatter was in the air and the show was starting to gather some speed.
Amongst the delegates there was a stand-out person of interest that had to be approached. James Kingston, professional adventurer from Channel 4’s Don’t Look Down documentary was more than accommodating when approached for a quick business selfie. James (pictured below left with Rubb MD Ian Hindmoor) had been scaling the roof tops of Dubai just the day before – feel free to take a look at his latest daredevil antics at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ceqxF6AxZzM
James Kingston at IDEX
Before we knew it the day was done and it was time for a quick shower and turn around for a reception hosted by Ambassador Philip Parham CMG at the British Embassy. As always this was a first class networking event allowing us to spread the Rubb name.

Day 2 – A busy day ahead
A 7am gym session kicked Day 2 off with a bang, followed by breakfast and a taxi to the show. Straight away it was evident that Day 2 was going to be busier than the opening day – the queue for security was nearly out the door and it wasn’t even opening hours.
A quick catch up with emails and the office back home was quickly interrupted by two visits of interest and a familiar face which is always nice, the day was panning out nicely…..

Rubbing shoulders with the Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister said he is ‘proud’ to support UK SMEs showcasing their expertise in aerospace at the Dubai Airshow.

David Cameron visited the UK exhibitors, including Rubb Buildings Ltd from Gateshead’s Team Valley Trading Estate, before the show took off. He described the aerospace industry as ‘absolutely vital’ for Britain.

Rubb is promoting its Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) on ADS Stand 1569A, at Dubai Airshow from November 17th-21st 2013 at Dubai World Central, UAE.

The Prime Minister demonstrated his support for UK aerospace and defence with a visit to UK exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow 2013. He visited ADS (Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industries) for an introduction to the UK Pavilion. He went on to meet several UK supply chain businesses and deliver a speech at the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) stand.

The Prime Minister said: “One of our greatest strengths is Aerospace: We have the second largest aerospace industry anywhere in the world. This is an absolutely vital industry for Britain. It employs 230,000 people – the second largest in the world. Every day, aircraft are taking off with British wings, British landing gear and Rolls-Royce engines. We can be incredibly proud of this industry.”

Mr Cameron highlighted the importance of the Defence Growth Partnership and Aerospace Growth Partnership, both of which have been forging closer links between Government and industry to identify and seize opportunities for future growth. One such opportunity is the projected increase in demand in the Middle East. This year, the UK Pavilion is bigger than ever before, featuring 38 companies, compared to just 14 in 2011.

The Prime Minister added: “We as a country, to succeed in the future, should to play to our strengths. Succeeding in this global economy doesn’t mean trying to compete at the bottom end with low pay, low wages, low value added. It means competing at the top end with high skilled, high paid, high quality jobs. And that is what you see in the British aerospace industry: a massive amount of R&D, a huge amount of investment, very high skills, very good creation of intellectual property and that’s why you’re so vital, not just in terms of your own future, but in terms of the whole country’s future. That’s why I’m very proud to stand here today, at this display, with many more companies exhibiting here than there were two years ago, and to say that the Government is absolutely behind your industry, whether it is civil aerospace, defence aerospace or whether it is the many SMEs involved in this vital industry.”

Ian Hindmoor, Managing Director at Rubb Buildings Ltd, said: “It was encouraging to hear the Prime Minister say the Government is behind our industry and provide his support to exporting businesses, particularly SMEs. We were also pleased to welcome Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to our stand. He was very complimentary about our aircraft hangars after seeing them in action at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE. We are proud to represent the UK and the North East of England as a manufacturing SME at the Dubai Airshow. We hope to now develop new contacts and build on our recent successful aircraft hangar project at Horizon Flight Academy at Al Ain in the UAE.”

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