EVENTNEWS LOCKEX 2018 - SECURITY AND FIRE SAFETY OPENS DOORS TO BRAND NEW AUDIENCE The second ever Lockex took place this June at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, and a slight change of criteria, when it came to exhibitors, meant a host of new visitors were invited and welcomed to the event. » » LOCKEX 2018 – SECURITY & FIRE Safety, brought to you by the same team behind Clearview, Pro Installer, and The Locksmith Journal, originated as a trade show for locksmiths and auto locksmiths in 2016. The ever-increasing importance and prevalence of fire safety over the past 12 months, however, saw the organisers expand the remit of the show, attracting a diverse audience, which this year included specifiers, architects, facilities managers, and planners. The three-day event hosted exhibitors from all over the world from ‘one man band’ locksmiths that brought along lock-picking tools for visitors to have a go at, to multi- national organisations specialising in fire and security doors and hardware. In addition to the individual trade stands, the brand new ‘Pavilion of Trade Bodies’ saw organisations such as the GGF, Secured by Design, DHF, NSI, SSAIB, FDIS, and UK Construction Week on hand with all the latest compliance information, CPD and certification advice. 22 » JUL 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Also different for 2018 was the reimagined workshop space that was set up in the centre of the Ricoh Arena and housed eight ‘demo zones’ for professional seminars and exclusive training sessions. Exhibitors that took advantage of this opportunity included Warrior Doors’ Brett Barratt, explaining the company’s ethos on providing aesthetically- pleasing high security doors and screens, by balancing the implications of design features with a product that resists ballistic attack by raiders using tools and vehicles, Hoppe, who led a one-hour workshop looking at the specification of ironmongery for security; helping to understand regulations, standards, and the Secured by Design initiative, and a presentation of the new Zero1 electronic security product range from ISEO. Meanwhile, perhaps the most timely and topical of all, the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) hosted several one- hour seminars on ironmongery for fire and escape doors to help explain the regulations, standards and the legal, financial, and ethical consequences of ignoring the risks regarding correct specification, supply, maintenance, and inspection of fire doors. ‘visitors literally leaving with boxes piled with products they had purchased from various stands’ Covering a range of serious and significant topics across the weekend, guests to the show also enjoyed exclusive product launches, competitions, and show discounts, with some visitors literally leaving with boxes piled with products they had purchased from various stands, and of course, plenty of free ‘swag’ that you come to expect from a trade show. The Burg Wächter stand proved to be especially popular with a German café plus free beers for guests every afternoon, while a live broadcast from the event by Fix Radio on Friday added to the atmosphere, and provided a fun soundtrack for the weekend. If you are interested in finding out more about the next Lockex, visit www.lockex.org or follow the show’s Twitter account at @Lockex2018.