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Europe’s premier tackle trade show starts Thursday

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Europe’s premier trade show, EFTTEX, will open its doors at The Brussels Expo on Thursday.

EFTTEX will bring together 182 exhibiting companies when the Brussels Expo opens its doors on Thursday for the 38th edition of Europe’s biggest tackle trade exhibition, writes Mel Bagnall.

The show presents an annual opportunity for international distributors, retailers and media to see new products from a broad spectrum of manufacturers, to catch up with tackle trends and to network with the worldwide trade.

With 40 countries represented, China again lays claim to the strongest contingent of exhibitors with 31, followed by the USA and France, both on 16, and the UK with 14.

Japan will bring 12 companies while, despite the harsh trading conditions in Southern Europe, Italy will supply 11 exhibitors. It is incredible to think that 37 Italian companies exhibited 10 years ago.

Regional representation is dominated by Asian countries, which account for sixty-two exhibitors. There are 29 from Eastern Europe and eight from Scandinavia. Germany is easily the best represented country from Central Europe with nine exhibitors.

Those countries supplying just one exhibitor include host nation Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Thailand, Sweden, Korea, Madagascar, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan and Slovakia.

Compared to 10 years ago the total number of exhibitors is down 55 from 239, although China (21) and the USA (26) were even then the best-represented nations. Last year’s EFTTEX in Amsterdam attracted 220 exhibitors.

EFTTEX returns to Brussels for the third time after an absence of five years. Announcing the choice of the Belgian capital in 2017, EFTTA’s General Manager Janet Doyle said: “We’re returning to Brussels because EFTTA is gaining significant recognition at EU level and between now and 2019 we expect to continue raising the profile of recreational fishing, giving us even greater strength in the projects that we are lobbying for.

“This way we can show MEPs how important our industry is by hosting EFTTEX in the same city as the EU Parliament and Commission.

“Financially too, both times we’ve been to Brussels the show made significant profits and EFTTA has been able to invest these profits back into our lobbying projects”.

EFTTA added that Brussels is popular because of its central location, excellent transport links and its proximity to many of Europe’s strongest angling markets, saying that based on past shows at the Brussels Expo, exhibitors could expect a high visitor turn-out.

The Belgian capital last played host to the showpiece in 2014 when there were over 247 exhibitors from over 41 countries with more than 6440 square metres sold.

  • Numbers taken from the exhibitor list on the EFTTA website on June 7th.
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