Expoprotection is looking ahead and offering a brand new programme dedicated to long-term forecasting
Expoprotection brings participants all the keys to understanding and anticipating the major changes of tomorrow

Expoprotection, the trade show for risk prevention and risk management, will take place 7-9 November 2016 in Paris – Porte de Versailles – Pavilion 1.

Held every two years, the event brings together the top experts and the most innovative solutions from two complementary sectors – Occupational, Natural & Industrial Risks and Security & Fire fighting – making Expoprotection the benchmark event in the industry.

With new modern visual identity and unifying theme of looking to the future, Expoprotection brings participants all the keys to understanding and anticipating the major changes of tomorrow. With its sights set firmly on 2030, the trade show is revamping its content – both the substance and the form – to enable people to stand back, think about innovations, and see them in action.

42,000 sqm of international expertise

With more than 700 exhibitors expected, of whom 189 are newcomers, Expoprotection is reconfirming its attractiveness as a key event for risk prevention and risk management specialists. Numerous flagship organisations are returning in an expression of continued confidence:

 Security & Fire fighting: Alcéa, Andrieu Extincteurs, AS Labonne, Assa Abloy Hospitality, Aviss, Axis Communications, La Barrière Automatique, Bolloré Protection, Bosch Security Systems, Canon France, Desautel, Eryma, Eurofeu, Finsecur, HID Global, Mitsubishi Electric, Mobotix, Pelco By Schneider, SimonsVoss, Sony France, Til Technologies, Traka Assa Abloy, Tyco, Vanderbilt, as well as lots of new exhibitors, including Boon Edam, Cavius, CES France, Comelit-immotec, Cyrus Industrie, Francofa-Eurodis, Pixiel…

Occupational, Natural & Industrial Risks: with big names such as 3M, Cepovett, Delta plus, Draeger, Dupont de Nemours, Groupe RG, Honeywell Safety, Kiplay, Kwintet Lafont, Laboratoire Prévor, Lemaitre, Mabéo, Showa, Uvex, Wl Gore, the return of major leaders such as Delta Plus and Mabeo in the area of personal safety equipment, and Dekra in the area of prevention, plus a large number of newcomers: Airtox, AMF Safety, Dassy, Difac & Terrax, Innex, Helly Hansen, Mascot, Morganti, Pioner Workwear, PIP Europe, QS Safety, SIR Safety, Treesco, etc. Once again this year, Expoprotection is intensifying its international dimension: more than 40% of international exhibitors, representing no fewer than 30 countries.

A new graphic identity for a forward-looking trade show

For its 26th edition, Expoprotection is adopting a new visual identity that blends the attributes of a strong, innovative brand. Expoprotection is an event dedicated to risk management and to showcasing innovations, and its new visual identity integrates simple, modern codes in contrasting colours, representing the entire DNA of a resolutely forward-looking trade show.

The event brings together the top experts and the most innovative solutions from two complementary sectors
Expoprotection is adopting a new visual identity that blends the attributes of a strong, innovative brand

Original concept to anticipate the future

 In this spirit, Expoprotection is looking ahead and offering a brand new programme dedicated to long-term forecasting: Expoprotection Tomorrow. The aim is to enable everyone involved in the prevention and management of risks to think about what their professional world will be like in 15 years’ time. New management styles, new ways of organising work, e-prevention, wearable technologies, safe cities, data security, artificial intelligence, cyber risks – experts, researchers, writers and start-up entrepreneurs will be analysing the big changes that are shaking the world of risk management and risk prevention. Some trends, like predictive safety and collaborative security, are still at the embryonic stage, while others are already emerging, such as intelligent textiles, behavioural biometrics, connected objects, drones and robots, e-monitoring/e-health, the Cloud, big data, etc. Expoprotection Tomorrow will take place in two spaces:

The Live: the TV studio for interactive debates The Live programme includes eight high profile talks as well as various discussion forums: keynote speeches, round table discussions, demonstrations, pitches and competitions – and a chance for the public to talk to the speakers.

The Hub: a space for start-ups and networking/coworking A space dedicated to innovation, where start-ups, exhibitors, visitors, investors and partners can meet. A chance to attend workshops and explore issues and share thoughts about the future, to listen to start-up pitches, discuss, network and meet market players. Show highlights For its 26th edition, Expoprotection is showcasing a wide range of new products and solutions for risk management. Three hundred innovations and new products will be on display during the event, and a select few will be given pride of place at an awards ceremony: Expoprotection Awards 2016 As a showcase for innovations and market trends, Expoprotection will be assembling a panel of expert end users ahead of the show to highlight the most outstanding competition entries and the most innovative products and services. Prizes will be awarded in two main categories: Security & Fire fighting solutions, and Occupational, Natural & Industrial risk protection and prevention. The results will be unveiled for the first time on Tuesday 18 October at a preview conference for the winners, exhibitors, partners, visitors and the press. Expoprotection: a mix of work and pleasure with a fun, educational programme of events

LeThe FEELGOOD@WORK zone: The FEELGOOD@WORK zone invites visitors to relax with a varied programme of events. A hub of wellbeing designed to improve concentration and creativity, manage stress or combine physical activity and work.

Expoprotection 2016 after-party: After the first day of the show, on the evening of Monday 7 November, Expoprotection will be hosting an event combining business and pleasure: a cocktail party with a chance to watch Marc-Antoine Le Bret, an impersonator and rising star with a repertoire of more than 60 voices. In this humorous show Marc-Antoine blends modern-day issues and impersonation, combining physical impersonation, voice imitation and stand-up comedy.

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