Post Show Review

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The Contamination Expo Series made its highly anticipated return to ExCeL London on the 27 & 28 of September - with the show’s scale and the high profile of visitor and exhibitor representing a real defining moment in the industry. 

Over 370 exhibitors - 85% of whom have rebooked or are in talks over rebooking - filled the exhibition hall, with every conceivable product and service in the field on display from an assortment of innovative enterprises. 

The first day saw an unprecedented rush of eager delegates, as representatives from leading environmental organisations from across the world flocked to ExCeL London to get the first glimpse of everything the 2017 event had to offer.

Making up the audience of 2,631 were some of the most experienced and knowledgeable managing directors, CEOs, project managers, environmental health & safety managers and more from the likes of America, Brazil, India, Russia and South Korea; with 97% of the visitors expressing their desire to return in 2018. 

Founder and president of the European Asbestos Forum, Dr Yvonne Waterman, was first up in Keynote Theatre two, with headline speakers such as WSP’s Dr Russel Thomas and the Environmental Industries Commission’s Matthew Farrow following; as the exciting schedule of more than 120 inspiring, informative, and educational seminars got into full swing. 

Day one also saw the judging for the Land Management Award – the first of three accolades that made up the Contamination expo Series 2017 Awards. 

Panels of expert judges were guided around the exhibition hall, getting exclusive insight into some of the sector’s most innovative products, services, and suppliers. Among the Land Management Award judges were the Ministry of Defence’s environmental specialist, Neal Lyons-Wake; Mott McDonald’s contaminated land specialist, Land Regeneration Manager for the National Grid, Gareth Taylor; and more.

QROS took home the coveted Land Management prize; while Ground-Gas Solutions, T & P Regeneration, and Dupont made up the finalists who narrowly missed out.

Day one also saw the show's exciting live product demonstrations get underway on the banks of the River Thames, just outside the ExCeL. These sessions were an incredible feature at the event, which attracted a large audience of purchasers and buyers over both days. 

Amongst the phenomenal lineup of live demonstrations was In-Situ. Inc’s innovative and timesaving techniques for nutrient monitoring with water quality sondes and Vertical Access’ industrial rope access demonstration. 

Day two started with the same eager anticipation as the first day, with headline speakers such as the Environment Agency’s invasive species specialist Trevor Renals, PAGeotechnical’s Peter Atchison, and ACAD’s Graham Warren all taking to the Keynote Theatre 2 stage.

The second day also saw the Asbestos Award and the Innovation Award being contested. Fermionx took home the hotly contested Asbestos Award, while Empire Tapes walked away with the Innovation Award.

As the morning drew on, the attendance of the show grew, with many visitors from the first day returning to take advantage of the packed seminar schedule and continue constructive conversation with exhibitors that had begun the day before.

One of the main areas these conversations took place was the networking area, hosted by The Environment Agency. This feature provided the perfect platform for environmental professionals to form long-lasting connections and learn from environmental scientists, remediation project managers, hazardous materials technicians and more. 

Late in the afternoon of the second day, the doors of the Contamination Expo Series swung shut to mark the close of the largest and most influential exhibition of its type.

The Contamination Expo Series event director, Daniel Rogers, was delighted by the event’s overwhelming success. He said: “The response from visitors and exhibitors was fantastic! 

“People came from across the globe to be here, to do business, to learn from the wealth of knowledge that is here. This event really sets the standard for Contamination Expo Series events of the future. 

“I personally would like to thank everyone that made this event so memorable. The Contamination Expo Series team and I cannot wait to get started on the 2018 show on the 10th and 11th of October 2018”.