The ap&m Europe 2017 trade show is a global MRO procurement exposition. The acronym ap&m refers to airline purchasing and maintenance. The massive trade event is geared towards aviation professionals in the airline supply chain and aftermarket industries. The ap&m event is one of the most highly rated aviation shows in the world. 85% of respondents from the 2016 show indicated that they achieved their goals. Similar to MRO Americas, ap&m Europe is free to attend for aviation professionals.
The Meet the Buyers signature networking event is truly unique in the aviation space. Face to face meetings are set up between exhibitors and buyers. Each meeting is ten minutes long. Exhibitors are guaranteed the ability to schedule a minimum of three meetings. A matchmaking service ensures that supplier capabilities meet prospective buyer needs. Buyers that register are provided with free entry to the a&pm summit, access to the VIP Welcome Reception, and complimentary lunch vouchers. 76% of the 2016 ap&m buyers indicated they will conduct business as a result of these meetings.
In contrast to other shows, the ap&m Europe 2017 agenda is completely linear. Attendees do not need to choose between multiple sessions offered at the same time. Sessions are split equally between panel discussions and dedicated speakers. Two sessions stand out from the other offering of the agenda. Business Development in the Aftermarket – Concentration or Fragmentation which explores what is driving industry growth and whether the trend towards vertical integration will continue. Maintenance and Procurement in a Commoditised Market panel members will discuss whether service provider selection is based solely on price and if outsourced services become in-house.
Traditionally, exhibitors at the show are primarily in component or part manufacturing organizations. Supply chain, avionics, and aircraft engine companies are also prevalent. The majority of exhibitors attend with the goals of building relationships, obtaining new business, and gathering net new leads. At the time of this writing, 217 exhibitors are registered. Don’t miss the Stu-Art (E18) and Aviall (E26) booths at the show. The Stu-Art display, owned by Stuart Abbott, will showcase high end aviation inspired furniture. Aviall, part of the Boeing Company, provides aftermarket supply chain management services and is known for some of the best aviation swag.
E2b calibration is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration laboratory that specializes in aircraft jack load testing and calibration of test equipment. e2b calibration is also the creator of Anytime Assets, an asset management tracking system that provides calibration due alerts, digital storage of calibration certificates, and FOD prevention by asset transactions to aircraft numbers.