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Swiss firms out to consolidate presence in Middle East aviation markets

Swiss firms out to consolidate presence in Middle East aviation markets

Swiss companies that enjoy high global recognition for their quality standards, innovation, service and credibility, have come out in full force to further strengthen their market presence in the Middle East region by showcasing their latest portfolio of technology and solutions at the 14th Airport Show.

Seeking to play an important role in meeting the demand of the regional aviation markets, a total of 14 companies are participating under the Swiss Pavilion, one of the six country pavilions at the top-league B2B event for the airport industry. The exhibitors include ERNI AGL AG, Europoles Suisse GmBH and Vitra International AG to companies like Xovis AG and IST--Edelstahl-Anlagebau AG.

The Xovis PTS, person tracking and counting system, is set to revolutionize the way airports manage the crowd as the system enables airports to reach new levels of passenger flow analysis and steering. The system provides passenger counting, process and waiting time measurements, queue management, passenger flow steering and passenger behavior analysis.

David Studer, CEO of Xovis, said: “At present this system has been placed at ten leading airports in Europe, including Copenhagen and Vienna. We are quite hopeful of entering this market soon as the visitors have shown high interest in the technology.
IST--Edelstahl-Anlagebau AG’s Aircraft Ground Energy System (AGES) is the first complete system for the power and pre-conditioned air needs of aircrafts on ground.

Andrea Zimmermann, Junior CEO of IST, said: “Rising fuel prices and a greater need to protect the environment demand a greater awareness and fundamental review of energy efficiency. The implementation of AGES allows airports to invest in the future as well as the environment.”
Carl A Ziegler, CEO of T-Link Fairs & Events, organizer of the pavilion, said: “All the participating companies are featuring approved technologies as well as new developments for the market, ranging from excellent solution in passenger monitoring system to aircraft ground energy systems, helping sustainability by offering clean, reliable and innovative ways.” He said that they are looking to tie-up with airports in the region.

The Show is being attended by 250 exhibitors from 39 countries looking for a strong footing in the region’s highly-promising aviation markets. More than 105 Hosted Buyers from the region are taking part. The Middle East region is investing $100 billion, including $40 billion in the six GCC states, for airports expansion and new developments to handle the anticipated growth in air traffic.

The Middle East, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA), is expected to record the fastest growth rate of 6.6 per cent until 2016, making it the second-fastest growing aviation market in the world.

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