RCI Show Director Tony Brown explains what visitors can expect at the key show for the roofing, cladding and insulation sector
Over the last 12 months since the RCI Show was launched, organisers have worked tirelessly to pull together an exhibition that the roofing, cladding and insulation sector can be proud of. Key to this was securing as broad a range of exhibitors as possible to ensure the right mix of products and materials are on show for visitors, and they feel they have more than achieved this with over 120 exhibitors having already signed up, plus being able to secure representation from the key associations in the market, including the NFRC, SPRA, LSA, LCA, IOR and the LRWA. Support from leading construction material supplier SIG and official show sponsor KNAUF Insulation have also been instrumental in helping establish the RCI Show in the market.
In fact, with two months to go until the October show date, there are less than 10 stands available, so the show will be a sell-out. This is a huge credit to the industry and manufacturers in particular who have whole-heartedly got behind this exhibition and backed what the organisers believe will be a successful show for many years to come and finally give the sector the exhibition it deserves.
But as we all know exhibitions aren’t built on exhibitors alone these days, and the RCI Show has pulled together varied and informative content for visitors to the show. Speakers have been secured from organisations including the Zero Carbon Hub, DECC, CITB, UKGBC, Prof Rudi Klein SEGC and Balfour Beatty to name just a few. Visitors will also be able to hear from green roof expert and regular TV contributor Dusty Gedge, roofing consultant and RCI technical note author Keith Roberts and BIM expert Gillian Smith of BIM Store.
For those who want to be more hands-on and get up close and personal with products and materials, SIG will be presenting a number of its key offerings and discussing issues and solutions in the SIG Live amphitheatre. The NFRC will also be hosting drop-in clinics where experts will be on-hand to answer visitors’ questions and queries; plus there will be a large demo area where a number of key companies will be showcasing the latest installation techniques, products and materials, and questions and interaction from visitors will be encouraged.
Other key visitor benefits are the show-only offers, discounts and prize giveaways that will be available throughout the exhibition. Visitors to the RCI Show will be able to locate these exclusive offers at the back of the official RCI Show guide, which they will receive on entry to the exhibition.
The plan is for the RCI Show to serve the industry and deliver results for both exhibitors and visitors for many years to come, unlike other shows that have come and gone. But organisers are well aware that as we are seeing growth return to construction, time is precious. With this in mind they have worked hard to ensure that the RCI Show will focus solely on this particular market and deliver on the issues that matter. No stone has been left unturned in terms of attracting the right people to exhibit, speak and present at the show as well as promoting the RCI Show far and wide. This will deliver results for visitors and ensure a trip to the Ricoh Arena in October will be a valuable experience.