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FIL launches Farnborough International Space Show

Farnborough International Ltd (FIL) today announced the official launch of Farnborough International Space Show, a new annual UK space industry event taking place from next year (19th-20th March 2025) at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, which will connect the global space community across industry, defence, government and academia.

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The new Farnborough International Space Show will enable FIL to leverage its links to parent company ADS Group, the trade association for the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.

Farnborough International Space Show will convene a global audience of key space manufacturers and suppliers, senior-level buyers and influencers, C-Suite professionals and UK and international Governments.

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“We’re delighted to launch Farnborough International Space Show, providing an annual collaborative showcase of leading solutions, technology and insight for the new era of commercial space,” said Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International.

“Twenty twenty-five presents a unique opportunity for the international space sector to convene here in Farnborough, building on our 75 year legacy as organisers of the world’s best airshow.”

The show will continue the proven success of the Business Connections Exchange and Delegations programmes, which provides buyers and suppliers with the ultimate networking opportunity to meet face-to-face and to do real business, as well as meet with key UK and international Government stakeholders, all under one-roof.
A show by the sector, for the sector

Farnborough International Space Show is committed to supporting the UK Government to grow our space economy, and make the UK one of the world’s most innovative and attractive space economies in the world, through facilitating high-level innovation and collaboration.

Kevin Craven, CEO of ADS Group, said: “We’re delighted to support the launch of Farnborough International Space Show, at a time where support to the UK space industry is more pivotal than ever. The £17.5 billion UK space industry contributes £7 billion to the UK economy.

“This pioneering new exhibition will allow the industry to leverage a trusted convening power across advanced manufacturing sectors, with a particular focus on political and international stakeholders.

“Support from partners such as UKspace further highlights our continued commitment to fostering partnerships that benefit our members across the country.”

As well as providing the opportunity to discover leading solutions, services and technologies from across the space sector, attendees will be able to hear from a curated programme of influential, free-to-attend conference sessions featuring senior international space industry, academic and Government speakers.

The event is further launched with the partnership of UKSpace. Lizzie Kerr, Director at UKspace commented: “Following many years of partnership with Farnborough International, UKSpace is delighted to support the introduction of Farnborough International Space Show. With a programme of activity centred around senior space stakeholders across the commercial, industrial, academic and political sectors, we look forward to a continued collaboration with ADS Group and FIL to deliver a pioneering event on behalf of our members.”

With the launch of Farnborough International Space Show in 2025, FIL will no longer partner Hub Exhibitions following this year’s Space-Comm Expo. Gareth Rogers said: “We thank Hub Exhibitions for the past three years of an important partnership in delivering Space-Comm Expo. With an ever-closer relationship to our parent company ADS Group, we feel that now is the time to bring our pioneering efforts to enhance the UK space industry in-house.

“We look forward to a successful final 2024 edition of Space-Comm Expo at Farnborough and wish Hub Exhibitions the very best with their future endeavours.”

FIL is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Group, leveraging the convening power of trade association ADS’ 1300-strong membership base across the UK’s world leading advanced manufacturing sectors of aerospace, defence, security and space.  

 

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