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Farnborough to reflect expanding international manufacturing effort. (trade show)

Farnborough to reflect expanding international manufacturing effort Farnborough, England--Society of British Aerospace Companies' (SBAC) 27th consecutive show on the site of the Royal Aircraft Establishment here opens to trade visitors Monday, September 1. There is no sign of industry nerves following a period in which the threat of terrorism, and worries over the effect of fall-out from the Soviet nuclear plant at Chernobyl have loomed large--if take-up of accommodations is any criteria.

According to the organizers, this will be the biggest-ever Farnborough, or International Aerospace Exhibition and Flying Display to give it its proper title, with 600 companies showing their wares, compared with 530 at the last event in 1984, and 200 others still, at this writing, banging on the door for non-existent space.

Tighter security measures

And this is despite the fact that since the 1984 show, SBAC has invested the best part of $1.5 million in new services--water, electricity, drainage--on the site, has erected a fourth exhibition hall giving an additional 4,140 square meters to take the total exhibition space to 42,702 square meters, and has lengthened the company hospitality chalet lines to accommodate 300 units instead of 728.

A total of 68 acres are now devoted to inside and outside exhibition areas and chalets. Visitors would be very wise to take stout walking shoes if they plan to cover the entire site. To accommodate the new south exhibition hall, SBAC has moved the presidential chalet from its former position to where the press center has been placed for the past few shows, while the press center has been relocated in the far left-hand corner of the show gound. …

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