SPX recently showcased its full array of solution offerings aimed at the nuclear power industry at the first World Nuclear Exhibition, which took place over three days at Le Bourget in Paris, October 14-16, 2014.
SPX was one of 495 exhibitors (more than a quarter of which were from outside France) that had the opportunity to meet more than 7,200 visitors from approximately 71 countries. Almost 50 ministers, junior ministers, secretaries of state and senior officials travelled to the show, which was covered by 160 journalists, half of whom were international.
The SPX booth was strategically located on the French Pavilion in a prominent position and was the ideal opportunity to present the complete SPX offering with new messaging and visuals focused solely on this critical and growing market. Representatives from all three segments and multiple brands attended the show which was perfectly timed following the approval from the European Union to move ahead with the first reactors in the UK new build program, which calls for 16GW of nuclear power to be added in coming years.
In addition to featuring a broad portfolio of products, SPX delivered a workshop aimed at discussing and debating the importance and challenges facing nuclear supply chain centers of excellence, such as those that SPX proudly maintains in Glasgow, Annecy, McKean and Ratingen.
The SPX booth saw a significant volume of traffic over the three days, including numerous customers and other stakeholders from across the industry – all of whom were keen to meet the SPX team, understand the company’s array of offerings and discuss details on projects, products and future business.
“The World Nuclear Exhibition offered SPX fantastic levels of external engagement, and our team relished the internal networking opportunity,” noted Colin Elcoate, Vice President, Business Development at SPX Power and Energy. “Everyone left the event with new knowledge, new relationships and an increased drive to take the full compliment of SPX solutions to market and maximize our opportunity in this important industry.”
To highlight the importance of the event, France’s Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, spoke to attendees about his government’s support for the French nuclear industry. The French industry remains one of the strongest in the world and SPX is a strategic partner to the continued safe operation of the 58 operating reactors on French soil, and France’s new build opportunities across the globe.
The distinguished guests that visited the SPX booth included the South African Energy Minister, Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson pictured with ClydeUnion’s Area Sales Manager for nuclear, Pascal Montel. South Africa is one of the many nations globally with ambitious nuclear plans to address their increasing energy needs, and Pascal discussed building on existing relationships and installed base to support the planned build of almost 10GW of nuclear power over the next decade.
On the back of this initial event success, planning is already underway for the second session of WNE, which will take place in 2016 in Paris.
“We look forward to taking part in the World Nuclear Exhibition in 2016, and in the meantime, will continue to position SPX as a major player in this global industry, which is a crucial part of delivering the balanced energy portfolio that the world needs to secure a growing demand for economic, long term, low carbon energy,” added Elcoate.