Slow but steady recovery

Published:  17 March, 2014

SICUR, Spain’s security and safety exhibition – snapshot review by George Potter.

The 19th edition of SICUR, Spain’s international safety and security exhibit and conference, celebrated in Madrid the last week of February, showed a slight tendency to recovery as compared to the two previous events in 2012 and 2010.

SICUR is a major event in the security and safety world, and offers an important gateway to Central and South American markets.

Although exhibitor participation was in fact slightly less than the 2012 show, visitor attendance proved to be positive, with more than 38,000 professionals from the private and public security and safety sectors flowing through the three exhibit halls and attending the numerous and timely conferences and presentations.

The 2012 exhibitor participation was much less than that of 2010.

SICUR covers three principal sectors; public and private security, fire protection and work safety. This last specific area has experienced notable increase in importance in the country, with a multitude of recent legislation and standards emitted by the national and regional governments.

Several long-standing habitual participants were noted for their absence this year; none of the country’s security guard firms participated, Albert Ziegler, Jalite, one of Spain’s leaders in photoluminescent signs, and several major fire protection providers– Viking Sprinklers, Pefipresa and Pacisa amongst others. On the other hand, several new enterprises dedicated to fire safety training using transportable modules were present.

Tucked away into a far corner of one of the exhibit halls, the Essen Security Trade exhibit for 2014 had a stand staffed by two very competent executives, who indicated that their participation in SICUR was proving to be very positive.

Several of the conferences proved timely, and well attended; a morning dedicated to the problems, and solutions, of the urban-wildland interface, another on cyber-security – challenges and solutions, the forthcoming new private security legislation, analysis of security in mass public attendance events, coordination of security in maritime ports, passive fire protection and worker health and safety – key to social-labour development amongst others.

Spain appears to be initiating recovery from its more than six years of economic crisis, but that recovery may well take several more years, and expectations do not look favourable for regaining conditions similar to those of the past. The same goes for SICUR, a slow but steady recovery, and future events may just be slightly better than each preceding one, but recovery is on the way.

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