FIT Show organisers are celebrating record support for the May event with already more space booked than the entire 2017 show.
The line-up for this year also includes more than 70 companies that are set to make their FIT Show debuts from countries including the USA, Turkey, China, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Norway and Serbia as well as the UK.
A number of updates have also been announced for 2019, including the launch of Visit Glass, FIT Show’s first ever dedicated area for flat glass products and processing technology and machinery, as well as a bigger focus on materials such as aluminium, timber and flat glass.
The event will also see the introduction of a series of trails to help guide visitors around the show content which is most relevant for them, including a new installer trail, product trail and Wood Window Alliance (WWA) backed timber trail.
For the first time ever, FIT Show will offer a three day learning programme made up of CPD approved seminar content combined with practical demonstrations and a series of business clinics with industry experts already signed up to support visitors at the May show.
Organisers have also announced the launch of Skills Thursday which will include content designed to attract new talent into the fenestration industry, in partnership with a number of key training and education provides, as well as Building Our Skills.
FIT Show Event Director, Nickie West said: “We believe that broadening our proposition to appeal to wider audiences, introducing new products and materials, as well as moving the show to the NEC to make it more accessible to companies from wider Europe and beyond, have all played a pivotal role in securing our success for 2019.”
“Once again, we’re investing heavily in our marketing campaign, with a budget of over £600,000 and projected reach of 4 million via channels including email, social media and key trade titles. We also firmly believe Skills Thursday is a further initiative the will not only tackle a key industry issue, but help broaden our appeal to new audiences.”
FIT Show 2019 will take place at the NEC Birmingham from 21st to 23rd May and will feature up to 300 exhibitors from across the window, door, conservatory and glass industry.