04 Jun Thriving security market augments latest Securex event
Securex West Africa welcomed more than 2,300 industry professionals, who met to discuss cutting-edge security solutions within a growing regional market.
The ninth edition of the show took place at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria from the 16th to 17th April. Over two bustling days of business, more than 2,300 professionals from across the Security, Fire and Safety industry attended to share key technology advancements, market trends and take up the many opportunities to drive new sales.
Among the dignitaries to open the exhibition and conference this year was ACP Gbolahan Odugbemi, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Lagos State representing the Commissioner of Police, Major General J.I Unuigbe, Representing the Chief of Army Staff for the Nigerian Army and John Bray, Consulate General for the US Government in Nigeria. Each esteemed keynote speaker addressed the vital importance of sharing information and cutting-edge technology within the Security, Fire and Safety industry to further progress opportunities in the region, especially in transformative times globally. They praised Securex West Africa 2019 as an excellent opportunity to achieve these goals and bring together the West African security industry.
With over 761SQM of technology, equipment and services on display from more than 100 leading brands, attendees at this year’s Securex West Africa were privy to cutting-edge solutions across varying subsectors within commercial, cyber, perimeter and homeland security in addition to fire and safety. A truly international exhibition, this year the show attracted industry professionals from 21 countries including Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. An overall increase in visitor numbers of 56% since 2016 demonstrates that Securex West Africa is growing from strength to strength.
George Pearson, Regional Director at Afrocet Montgomery, the organisers behind Securex West Africa had this to say on this year’s edition; “In reality we’re all living in relatively uncertain times from a security perspective, whether we’re discussing political turbulence, cyber-attacks or terror threats, our exhibition growth year on year, both in visitor figures and show size is indicative of why shows like Securex are so important to progress our understanding of how to protect against and prevent security and safety breaches.”
In a post-show survey for Securex West Africa, 98% of visitors achieved all or most of their business objectives in attending Securex West Africa. Furthermore 84% of those visitors has purchasing power within their business, contributing to a collective visitor spending budget for security, fire and safety solutions totalling more than US$ 150 million. These results, coupled with overall exceptional feedback from exhibitors, further emphasises the quantity and quality of business opportunities available to both local and international businesses in West Africa.
This year, visitors came in their thousands to the exhibition from varying sectors, the top five of which were Systems Installers, Information Telecommunications, Engineering, Safety & Security Consultancies and Oil and Gas. 28% of visitors in 2019 were dedicated to Commercial Security, whilst 33% Information Security which reflects the rapid growth taking place in the cyber market. A further 14% were dedicated to Fire & Safety, 11% to Homeland Security and 13% to Perimeter Security.
Mr Adewale Muriziq Salisu, a Security and Safety Consultant from Fourthman Security Services, said: “Securex West Africa is one of the best security conferences and exhibitions in West Africa if not the best. It involves all aspects of security, safety, cyber and fire protection which all organizations and individuals can use. Securex brings the best in security and safety exhibition and conference and if you miss it, you miss a lot.”
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