The 24th edition of Seafood Expo Global, held in Brussels from 26 to 28 April 2016, has been under the shadow of news events that have led the organization to raise the already high standards of security of the show. This annual event is the largest European fair dedicated to the fish and fish trade sector, which counts on the participation of more than 1,700 companies from all over the world.
Before the exhibition many companies had re-evaluated their presence at Seafood Expo Global, after the terrorist attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and caused more than 300 injured on March 22nd. However, eventually a large majority of exhibiting companies decided to confirm their participation in the event, and only 5 percent of the exhibition space was canceled. Regardless of the difficult times it has faced, this fair continues to be the most important event in the world for the seafood industry.
In a quieter atmosphere than in previous years, our customers, friends and visitors have had the opportunity to appreciate the technologies that were exposed in our booth. In particular, this year we brought to the fair a complete line for the grading, inspection and automatic packaging of live molluscs (mussels, clams and other bivalves), including the new mechanical filtering technology that can save thousands of euros by recycling the mollusc processing water, once it has been depurated. There were also other well-established - but always at the top of the technology available for this sector - machines on show in our booth, such as the stainless steel bins tipper, the manual bag closer with thermal printer, and the automatic tubular net loader for shellfish packing.
This year more than 22,000 participants from 143 countries participated in the 24th edition of Seafood Expo Global / Seafood Processing Global. According to Diversified Communications, which manages the expo (Diversified Communications also owns the SeafoodSource.com portal), the show hosted companies from 80 countries around the world, occupying 35,862 square meters of exhibition spaces.