Summary of EuroLab 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:26
Records at EuroLab 2011
5317 people visited the 13th International Trade Fair of Analytical, Measurement and Control Technology EuroLab 2011 held on March 9-11 at the Centrum MT Polska in Warsaw. The record number of 179 exhibitors from 11 countries (list of exhibitors) presented their products and services and state-of-the-art solutions for different laboratories. The event was accompanied by a number of conferences, seminars and lectures attended by more than 2000 people during these three days. The 13th edition of EuroLab was held under the Honorary Patronage of: Professor Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Professor Michał Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Jerzy Miller, Minister of Interior and Administration.
“The thirteenth edition of EuroLab was a success in every aspect: the number of visitors, with 10 percent increase above the previous year, record number of exhibitors and huge interest in conferences and lectures among participants. Industry representatives had a great opportunity to see ranges of laboratory equipment offered by the best international brands and new technology developments. These three days were also used to establish new business relationships and enhance knowledge during many lecturers delivered by experts”, says Piotr Skoneczka, Project Manager, EuroLab Trade Fair.
The seminar entitled “Legally regulated areas in accreditation of laboratories and technical requirements” held by the Polish Centre for Accreditation once again, as last year, enjoyed a tremendous interest and attracted more than 500 people. The conference “Science is a Woman” held by the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Warsaw, Polish Chemical Society and Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences was another very popular event among the visitors. During the meeting, speakers highlighted that this year is the International Year of Chemistry. They remembered also the renowned Polish scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to her. They spoke about her outstanding achievements, career, involvement in research project and personal life. The participants could see an exhibition dedicated to the life and achievements of the famous Pole prepared by Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Warsaw. The Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Warsaw prepared a series of multi-media presentations and experiments entitled “Ionising radiation around us”. Many attendees participated also in the “Laboratory technologies used in international exchange of forensic data” seminar prepared by the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Polish Police. Conferences organised by other exhibitors were also numerously attended. In this group of events, the “Uncertainty of measurements and practical methods of its determination” lecture prepared by Doneserv deserves a special mention as three times as many participants as originally expected wanted to hear it. All seats were also occupied during the “Jobvector career day” forum on perspectives of finding job in research and technology industries and on trends in the labour market. For three days, laboratory diagnosticians could collect credit points by participating in selected lectures including the “Quality and competencies of medical laboratories vs. financing laboratory services in the field of medical diagnostics” prepared by the National Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosticians. In total, 14 course credit points could be collected during EuroLab 2011.
Extensive range of exhibitors
179 exhibitors from 11 countries (Austria, France, The Netherlands, Japan, USA, Sweden, Germany Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy and Poland) presented their offers. Visitors could examine products and services exhibited directly at the stands in three different categories: Chemical Analysis, Life Science and Metrology. “As compared to the event last year, we have recorded a significant increase of interest in our stand. At EuroLab, we want to demonstrate that we have extended our range and significantly enhanced our capabilities as a member of a large group. We also present the latest edition of our catalogue of our range of products available to our customers. In addition, we have a new catalogue of laboratory reagents – a brand new group of products in our range. We appreciate the fact that the event is an opportunity for our representatives to meet their existing customers from across Poland and establish relationships with prospect customers”, said Piotr Jakubowski from Labart Sp. z o.o., a provider of comprehensive range of laboratory equipment.
The exhibitors included providers of products and services in the field of analytical equipment, chemical reagents, laboratory equipment and control and measurement equipment. EuroLab was also attended by manufacturers and distributors of laboratory accessories, small equipment and laboratory glass, laboratory furniture, optical devices, chemical substances, test kits, laboratory software as well as providers of professional cleaners and protective clothes. During the trade fair, experts available at the stands provided professional consultations and visitors could participate in attractive demonstrations. “For our company, the key benefit from the trade fair is that we can arrange our presentations directly at the stand. Contacts established with customers are in large majority the contacts from contact cards collected during such presentations. We reach strictly targeted group of prospects because our presentations are product-focused. By participating in the trade fair, we can win new customers and collect intelligence about prospects who, for example, are planning to upgrade their equipment and are interested in modern products, such as those exhibited at our stand”, explained Justyna Cwyl from Perlan Technologies Polska Sp. z o.o., a provider of analytical equipment.
Research institutes, universities, providers of services for laboratories and certification bodies presented their offers as well. “EuroLab is not just a trade fair like other fairs. It is a meeting of the world of science represented by first-class scientists with the world of university teaching represented by professors, lecturers and people responsible for the development of the intellectual potential of laboratory employees. The business exhibitors provide the technology potential. The added value of the event is that people from our industry can meet, talk to each other, enhance their knowledge and insight and get a wider perspective”, said Eugeniusz W. Roguski, Director of the Polish Centre for Accreditation.
The announcement of results of the contest for the “Best Offer of EuroLab 2011” was the highlight of the official part of the Exhibitors’ Evening Gala. There were three categories of the award: “Laboratory Measurement Instruments”, “Field Measurement Instruments” and “Laboratory Equipment”. Entries in the “Laboratory Measurement Instruments” category were evaluated by experts from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw. The atomic absorption spectrometer HR CS AAS contra 700 from Meranco Aparatura Kontrolno-Pomiarowa i Laboratoryjna Sp. z o.o was the category winner. The jury recognised also Merck Sp. z o.o for its Scepter, an automatic cell counter. Entries in the “Field Measurement Equipment” category were evaluated by representatives of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Ecological Research in Dziekanów Leśny. The ERACHECK device based on the cascade laser technology QUANTA RED presented by Tusnovics Instruments Polska Sp. z o.o. won in this category. Two recognitions were also awarded: to OPTA-TECH for MPI, a portable inspection microscope and to SIGMA-ALDRICH Sp. z o.o. for its SPME-Diffusive Sampling Fiber Holder (DFH). The Polish Geological Institute, a National Research Institute chose the winner in the “Laboratory Equipment” category: the UltraWAVE microwave mineraliser from Spectro-Lab Sp. z o.o. DANLAB was recognised for the SKADI EUROPE SF 8025 portable low-temperature freezer. Another recognition was awarded to BIOGENET for its Ovation® Bionatural pipettes. In addition to diplomas, the awarded companies for the first time received also a new award – the “Best Product of EuroLab 2011” special logo. The winning companies will be entitled to use the logo in their activities promoting the awarded products.
The following organisations have provided their professional assistance to EuroLab 2011:
- Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Warsaw
- Committee on Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
- Polish Academy of Sciences – Center for Ecological Research in Dziekanów Leśny
- Central Office of Measures
- Polish Chemical Society
- Polish Geological Institute National Research Institute
- Central Forensic Laboratory of the Polish Police
- Polish Center for Accreditation
- Polish Comitee for Standarization
- Polish Federation of Biotechnology
- Military Center of Metrology of the Ministry of National Defence
- National Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosticians