The opening day of AQUA 2019 has been called a great success by exhibitors who revealed more than 100 new products at Telford International Centre.
More than 80 companies had planned these new launches around AQUA 2019, which led to ‘a constant buzz throughout the first day’.
Ruth Low, a director of Gordon Low, said: "It has been a fantastic first day. I haven’t stopped talking to new and current customers and I’m really happy with how things have gone.
“I love this show because it has a real community feel about it. I love the set-up, it’s well organised and so professional, and everyone is very helpful. It’s a pleasure to be exhibiting here.”
Andy Bond, national sales manager of OASE UK, said: “We’ve been flat out all day, and it’s great to see so much interest being shown in our new products. AQUA is such a good exhibition because it gives retailers the chance to see all the new products first hand.”
AQUA 2019 is also an important date in the calendar for international exhibitors.
Joey Abrahams, a director of Aquadip from The Netherlands, said: “This event is crucial for our business and is the ideal opportunity to meet current and new UK customers. It’s always a good show, and is especially important for us this year because of all the uncertainty caused by Brexit.”
The first day of the show also got the thumbs-up from visiting retailers.
Steve Warburton, of Ripples Waterlife, Nantwich, Cheshire, said: “This is such an important show for the industry. Being able to see so many new products, meet our suppliers face to face and talk to fellow retailers, is so valuable to us. There is nowhere else like it – it’s just fantastic.”
An exciting addition to this year’s exhibition are the aquascaping demonstrations by American-based Luis Navarro, who is producing four unique tank designs during the show.
These designs have been designed to provide retailers with ideas on how they can inspire their customers to create something special in their own tanks.
Every visitor who attends the demonstrations, sponsored by ALF, is in with a chance to win one of the four fully aquascaped aquarium sets worth £700 (RRP) each.
Following the successful first day, the AQUA dinner promised to be another memorable occasion with more than 500 buyers and exhibitors booked to attend.
During the evening the New Product Awards, which produced a record number of entries this year, were being presented.
The show is open for a second day on Thursday, October 17, from 9am to 4pm.