IFEMA strongly increases its rate growth, with turnover going up 12% to 118.1 million

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Operating profit shot up to 22.2 million, an increase of 22.4% on 2016, and a 45.5% increase on 2015 (a comparable year due to events which only take place in odd years).

IFEMA closed 2017 with its best figures in recent years, strongly increasing its rate of growth and placing itself in an ideal position to reach the ambitious business and activity objectives it has set out for the next few years. Turnover in 2017 came to 118.1 million euros, which is 11.8% more than 2016 and 21% more than 2015, a comparable year due to events which only take place in odd years.  This significant advancement in the management of IFEMA is also apparent in the operating profit, which came to 2.2 million euros, 22.4% more than in 2016 and 45.5% more than in 2015 (comparable year).   Net profit tripled to over 4.1 million in 2017. These results demonstrate the financial solvency of the institution, built on an efficient business model capable of generating the resources necessary to take on all of its future plans, while reaffirming its position as the only organisation in the industry with no debt and which is making a profit.

 2017 was a quantitative and qualitative leap in terms of activity results as a consequence of incorporating new projects, managing major international congresses, creating trade fairs abroad and activating a new line of special events for the general public.  Throughout 2017, 97 trade fairs, 10 major international conferences and 567 conventions and business events were held, attracting 31,051 exhibiting companies and occupying a total of 1,080,000 m2 net exhibition space. There was also a rise in visitor numbers to over 3 million.

 These results have clearly been helped by the strategy adopted by IFEMA to focus on the customer, while getting more profit and effectiveness out of its venues. A very significant factor in this were the investments made in 2017, which came to 6 million euros and focused mainly on technology, connectivity and digitisation of formats and business. These investment projects will be substantially ramped up in 2018, with plans to invest around 25 million euros to go deeper into these areas of innovation, as well as aspects related to the security of the venue. IFEMA has drawn up a plan to invest 100 million euros in these areas in the next five years.

 In 2018, IFEMA expects to hold 100 fairs and 600 events for the first time in its history.

IFEMA’s journey in 2017 puts it in the ideal position to achieve the coordinates set out in the strategic five-year plan which aims to grow business by 12% by year to reach turnover of 203 million euros in 2022. Predicted turnover for 2018 is 130.1 million euros, a growth of 23.2% compared to 2016 (a comparable year due to events which only take place in even years) and 10.2% on 2017.

The focus on sustained growth will be intensified in 2018, backed by IFEMA’s firm commitment to innovation and technological and digital transformation as well as due to its growing international positioning, the diversification of its business portfolio, the effective management of the venue, and strengthening strategic alliances and competitive advantages. IFEMA looks set to take make yet more progress this year with a comprehensive schedule including 104 trade fairs and congresses, of which 10 will be held abroad, as well as MICE activities, with 600 conventions and business events, a record for the organisation.

2018 will also be an important year for congresses, with international events like Cphi, the biggest global event for the pharmaceutical ingredients industry, which will occupy the entire venue and welcome more than 43,000 visitors from around the world; the World Air Traffic Management (WATM) Congress; European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID); International Congress of The Transplantation Society (TTS), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism ESPEN Congress, among others.

 It is also worth mentioning IFEMA’s contribution to the positioning of Madrid in 2018. The city has 51% of the market share of international trade fairs held in Spain according to the index by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, through the Secretary of State for Commerce. This figure is 8 per cent higher than the previous year, and places Madrid way ahead of Barcelona, in second place with 22%, and Valencia, with 7%.

 With regard to activity forecasts, the objectives set by IFEMA for 2018 look set to achieve figures of 33,000 exhibiting companies, 3.5 million visitors and 1.2 million net square metres of exhibition space.

 The most significant data in 2018 relates to the creation of new projects, especially internationally. Ten initiatives will take place abroad, including the new Salón VO Roma, the three Estudiar en España [Study in Spain] fairs which will be held in the cities of Barranquilla, Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia, and Salón Look Santiago. Planned collaboration projects for 2018 thus include new focus countries like Italy and Colombia as well as Morocco, Qatar and Vietnam, where work is being done in the franchise sector, as well as countries where IFEMA already operates, like Chile, China and Portugal. For its part, Mexico is developing strategic and management consultancy in its two Convention Centres in Baja California.

In addition, four new trade four projects organised by IFEMA will be launched in Madrid. A professional trade fair, Smart Doors, devoted to the door and automation sector, and three fairs open to the public: Madrid’s Big Motorcycle Show, Vive la Moto, which is finally back after ten years; Expotural, devoted to nature, mountains, climate and sustainable tourism, and 1001 Bodas Premium, the premium version of the annual wedding event.


ARCOmadrid 2018 reactivates collecting

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As a novelty, and in keeping with its innovative vocation, this year's event sees a new section open on The Future, a concept that will stretch to the Forum and other spaces around the city, with exhibitions also to be held at Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, the Matadero Madrid, CA2M and CentroCentro

A total of 208 galleries from 29 countries are to take part: 160 make up the General Programme, to which must be added the What is Going to Happen is not the Future, but What we are Going to Do section, with a selection of 19 galleries; Dialogues, with 13 and Opening, with 19

With a view to inspiring potential new collectors, ARCO has come up with several initiatives within the framework of the #mecomprounaobra programme

From 21st to 25th February Madrid will become the focus of attention for collectors, galleries and art professionals from around the world as it opens its doors on the 37th edition of ARCOmadrid. With only a few days to go before its opening, the event has already seen a rise of 21% in advance ticket sales, not to mention an increased number of professional pre-registration requests.  Organised by IFEMA, this new edition serves to confirm its decided commitment to content quality. The substantial rise in the number, quality and international scope of the participation requests, allied to the intensive work done in collaboration with the Organising Committee and the curators of the programmes when it came to selecting the artistic proposals, has made it possible to present a Fair that not only maintains its size but enhances its quality.

As a novelty, and in keeping with its innovative vocation, this year's event incorporates the concept of The Future, as a thematic starting point, with an exhibition programme and unique design that encompasses galleries and artists of different generations from several geographical areas.

In addition to the foregoing must be added its consolidation as a Latin American benchmark in Europe; a factor that forms the essence of the forthcoming edition.

ARCOmadrid 2018 will bring together in Halls 7 and 9 at IFEMA a total of 208 galleries —49 of which are participating for the first time— from 29 countries, some 160 of which go to make up the General Programme, in addition to the curated sections: What is Going to Happen is not the Future, but What we are Going to Do with a selection of 19 galleries; Dialogues with 13 and Opening with 19.

In a context that has seen a certain recovery in the Spanish art market and sales, ARCOmadrid 2018 will continue to project its unique position as a benchmark for Latin America in Europe. In fact, Latin America will have one of the biggest international delegations, as one-third of the international attendees, which account for 68% of the total, hail from the American continent, with 35 galleries from 10 countries in the region, with Brazil's presence particularly standing out with its 15 galleries. Likewise, the number of special guests, professionals and Latin American collectors at ARCO is also on the up. These figures confirm that the show is the meeting place for exchanges between Europe and Latin America.

Moreover, Madrid City is to hold exhibitions in museums and institutions highlighting Latin American artists and important art collections. Among these are to be found works by artists such as Doris Salcedo –Palacio de Cristal-; William Kentridge –Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía-, and John Akomfrah -Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza-, in addition to exhibitions showcasing the following collections: Luis Paulo Montenegro -Fundación Banco Santander-; Helga de Alvear -Centro de Arte Alcobendas-; Soledad Lorenzo -Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía-; Banco de la República de Colombia -Sala Alcalá 31-, and Thibault Poutrel -Colombian Embassy-.



ARCOmadrid can once again count on its mainstay, the General Programme, which is made up of the 160 galleries selected by the Organising Committee, among which the return of galleries such as Alexander and Bonin and Team, from New York, and Thaddaeus Ropac, from Paris, are particularly noteworthy, not to mention other important ones that continue to show their interest in the Fair such as Barbara Thumm; Chantal Crousel; Hauser & Wirth and Michel Rein, to which must be added first time participants such as Guido W. Baudach; König Galerie; Monitor and Van Doren Waxter.

As befits ARCOmadrid's constant search for innovation, its 2018 edition will take as its thematic centre neither a country nor region, but a concept: What is Going to Happen is not the Future, but What we are Going to Do, in collaboration with CNP Partners. This idea revolves around a programme of special exhibitions and events curated by Chus Martínez, Rosa Lleó and Elise Lammer, involving the participation of 19 carefully selected galleries and artists and encompassing several generations from different geographical areas: ranging from New York –Bortolami-; Rio de Janeiro –A Gentil Carioca-, and São Paulo -Nara Roesler- to Paris -GB Agency-; Berlin -Gregor Podnar-, and Vienna -Emanuel Layr-. The galleries in this section will offer collectors, professionals from the world of art and visitors alike, a personal vision of the future by featuring artists who have explored this theme in the past, such as Salvador Dalí and Július Koller; the dystopian visions of Lili Reynaud Dewar, Maryam Jafri and Eduardo Navarro, along with a framework within which to approach the art of tomorrow through the works of creators such as Teresa Solar Abboud and Eva Fábregas. Moreover, this reflection on the concept of The Future will likewise extend to other spaces around the city, where interesting exhibitions are also scheduled such as those at the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Matadero Madrid, CA2M and the CentroCentro, among others.

As in earlier editions, ARCOmadrid 2018 will also be presenting other curated sections. Participation in the Dialogues programme will bring together 13 galleries selected by María de Corral, Lorena Martínez de Corral and Catalina Lozano, the stands of which will generate new content and provide an in-depth presentation of the works of artists from galleries such as Luisa Strina -Carlos Garaicoa and Juan Araujo-; Fortes d'Aloia & Gabriel -Armando Andrade Tudela and Tamar Guimaraes-; Team -Ryan McGinley and Tabor Robak-; Carlier Gebauer -Hélène Delprat and Laure Prouvost -, and Dvir -Latifa Echakhch and David Maljkovic-.

The Opening section focuses on galleries that have been up and running for a maximum of seven years. It will comprise 19 galleries, with one or two artists per stand, selected by Stefanie Hessler and Ilaria Gianni. A programme that affords an insight beyond the normal focal points, including as it does galleries such as El Apartamento –Havana-; Grey Noise -Dubai-; Sindicato -Santo Domingo-; Dürst Britt & Mayhew –The Hague-; Car Drde –Bologna-; Eastward Prospectus -Bucharest- and Tiro al Blanco -Guadalajara, Mexico-.



With a view to renewing and opening the doors of the market to new, potential collectors, ARCOmadrid is setting in motion several initiatives during the Fair. Firstly, those works on show with prices of under €5,000 will be marked with their price on the #mecomprounaobra tag to encourage new buyers to visit the galleries and acquire contemporary artworks. In parallel, the free buyer advice service will again be available during the Fair at First Collectors by Fundación Banco Santander, while at the same time boosting the Young Collectors programme by inviting some thirty young international collectors.

Along the same lines, the on-line Artsy.net platform will once again offer those interested an opportunity to explore the Fair and the works on show over the internet and by means of the Artsy App.

A series of actions aimed at guiding people who are starting to buy art and thus contributing towards encouraging collection forming and contemporary art which, let it be said, faithfully reflect the founding goals of Fundación ARCO. The new International Council is also working along these lines. It is formed by the award winners of previous editions of the 'A' Awards on Collecting, the mission of which is to showcase the work undertaken by private initiatives to support the creation, conservation and dissemination of contemporary art.

To all of the foregoing can be added the by now classic International Buyers and Special Guests Programmes, which will bring 300 collectors and 200 art professionals to Madrid from over 40 countries. Indeed, collector patrons and members of museums such as CAAC Mali; CAPC; Cercle d´art Contemporain; Contemporary Art Society London; Elgiz Museum; Jeu de Paume; La Maison Rouge; MAMCO; Metropolitan Museum of Art; MFAH; Parasol Unit; Peabody Essex Museum; Serpentine Gallery; The New Museum of New York; The Power Plant, etc., will also be present.

Furthermore, on the occasion of ARCO, national and international private companies have also signed up to initiatives to promote purchases and to acknowledge artistic creation, through the awarding of different prizes such as VI Audemars Piguet Award for the Production of a Work of Art; XI illy SustainArt Award; XIII Beep Electronic Art Award; III Solán de Cabras Art Award; II Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art; II Art Situacions Award; II Catalina D' Anglade Award, and the Han Nefkens Foundation ARCO Award.



ARCOmadrid once again lends itself to the voices of contemporary art professionals, thus consolidating the event as a place of encounter, exchange and essential knowledge for critics, curators, institution managers and other art professionals. The attendance of collectors and other agents linked to the world of art makes it possible to run an intense programme of debates as constituted by the reflection platform.

This year, the Forum commences with the participation of Jonathan Anderson, creative director at LOEWE, to be followed by the, by now, well consolidated Collecting Forum which, in collaboration with the Fundación Banco Santander, presents sessions directed by Estrella de Diego, and others, with the support of the Ámbito Cultural de El Corte Inglés, by Judith Benhamou-Huet. There will also be a reflection on new collecting as part of the #mecomprounaobra in a talk moderated by Bea Espejo and promoted by Fundación ARCO, and another coordinated by Talking Galleries. Moreover, Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport is organising two presentations on patronage.

To these must be added the Latin America focused Museums Forum sessions which are directed by Ferrán Barenblit, Julieta González and Mari Carmen Ramírez.

Furthermore, the curators of the new section, Chus Martínez, Rosa Lleó and Elise Lammer will be directing a seminar entitled The Future: Beyond the Cristal Ball. A day-long seminar from the theoretical perspective made up of conversations and conferences to showcase important research, which will see the participation of Santiago Alba Rico, writer and philosopher; Timothy Morton, lecturer and professor at Rice University; Nina Power, philosopher, and the artists Trevor Paglen; Julieta Aranda; Ramaya Tegegne and Ana Vaz.

The Professional Meetings, which are closed to the general public, will also be dedicating one of its sessions to the #future. Other encounters are also to be held that will be directed by the curators Catalina Lozano, Stefanie Hessler and Ilaria Gianni, along with Mouna Mekouar, at which they can elaborate on and exchange information about the curated sections at the Fair. For their part, Ferran Barenblit and Julieta González, in collaboration with AECID, will direct the 7th International Meeting of European and Latin American Museums, which is set to bring some 60 museum directors and representatives together from around the world. A participation that will be completed by the Museums Working Session.



The Fair will be devoting three days –23rd, 24th and 25th February - to contemporary art enthusiasts and the general public, for whom certain services and facilities will be made available for them to make the most of their visit. To attract a greater number of visitors, entry tickets on Sunday 25th will cost €30. Furthermore, should you want to get to know the artists and galleries participating at the Fair you can download its catalogue at arcomadrid.es

ARCOmadrid will make rest, meeting and food areas available to professionals and public alike, such as ARCOlunch and the Espacio Comer where visitors can savour an assorted range of food and drinks by Mallorca, Nonsolocaffé and illy caffè; Sushita and Solán de Cabras; Lateral and Cervezas Alhambra, Ron Zacapa and Arzábal, and Vilaplana.

As has become the custom in other editions, there will be a space for the younger visitors such as ARCOkids workshops, which have been designed by Fundación Pequeño Deseo and promoted by DKV Seguros, to bring the world of contemporary art to them.

Both architecture and design once again take centre stage at this edition with the participation of Andrés Jaque, in addition to Cuarto Interior, the designer of the VIP Lounge and Estudio Alegría, which is responsible for the Fundación ARCO Hall, not to mentioned other spaces with projects by Rossana Orlandi; Luis Bustamante; Guille García Hoz; Lázaro Rosa-Violán; Masquespacio and Gaston y Daniela.



Once again, ARCOmadrid has been able to count on the backing of private initiatives and important corporations and institutions through sponsorship actions in the different areas and initiatives present at the Fair. Accordingly, this edition has received the institutional collaboration of AC/E Acción Cultural Española; AECID; as well as Fundación Banco Santander; Audemars Piguet; Fundación Banco Sabadell; Ruinart; illy caffè; Caixabank; Solán de Cabras; Cervezas Alhambra; Ron Zacapa; La Galería de Canalejas; CNP Partners; CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo; NH Collection; DKV; BEEP and Loewe, among others.

ARCOmadrid 2018, which is organised by IFEMA, will be held from 21st to 25th February in Halls 7 and 9 of Feria de Madrid, from 12.00 midday to 8.00 p.m.


From left to right: Guillermo Solana, artistic director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; Clemente González Soler, chairman of the IFEMA Executive Committee; Maribel López, commercial manager of ARCO; Chus Martínez, curator of the section 'Future' at ARCOmadrid 2018; Carlos Urroz, managing director of ARCO; Evelio Acevedo, managing director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Eduardo López-Puertas, managing director of IFEMA.

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Harry Potter: The Exibition arrives at IFEMA to captivate its thousands of fans.

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The eagerly-awaited exhibition for fans of the universe created by J.K. Rowling landed at IFEMA on November 18th. Harry Potter: The Exibition has become a phenomenon that has already captivated more than four million people in 11 cities around the world. Who has not read or enjoyed a Harry Potter book or movie? This event –unique in Spain- will have thousands of curious people enjoy activities, sculptures or mythical characters from the Harry Potter world until April 1st.

Experiential, mobile exhibition. This exhibition offers a highly experiential content, and just after entering, the magic of Harry Potter surrounds the visitor who feels like he or she is entering the movies. For Veronica Basanta Project Manager of the exhibition at the producer Sold Out, "the biggest challenge of bringing an exhibition like this is to be able to transmit all the magic created by the writer in the Harry Potter saga and that fans when they visit are transported to the world of Harry Potter”.

She adds that technically an adaptation is necessary so that it can be displayed in the most suitable way in each room. Another challenge is the management of the public: being an exhibition with such a large influx, everything has to work like a clock, and it is very important that all teams are perfectly coordinated so that visitors have the best possible experience.

IFEMA, host to the only exhibition of Harry Potter in Spain. "Setting up this exhibition at IFEMA has been very easy. It is one of the few venues that offered everything we needed in terms of space, height, capacity, etc. The public are getting used to attending large leisure events at IFEMA. The venue offers many advantages, good connections, and the fact of beting a reference for everyone", explains Verónica Basanta.

Institutional support. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a private initiative of Sold Out and Encore as local promoters in Spain, in collaboration with GES and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Ltd. The event provides an important economic injection for Madrid, the only city in Spain that has received the event within its international itinerary. Veronica says there have been no sponsors or institutional support, although both IFEMA and the City of Madrid have welcomed the initiative very well, and have supported us a lot.

Record attendance: tourists, curious and Harry Potter fans. So far more than 250,000 tickets have been sold, to a varied public in age and origin. Veronica Basanta says that "many of our visitors are from outside Madrid and come to visit the exhibition as the main reason for their trip. We also have a significant number of foreign visitors, who are passing through in Madrid and do not want to miss the exhibition, so we expect to reach 350,000 visitors in less than 5 months, when the exhibition ends on April 2, 2018 ".

A phenomenon that traps different generations. "Depending on the days, we have a maximum capacity of 6,000 visitors per day in IFEMA hall 1". The public is very diverse, including many young people, young adults, but also many families. Let's not forget that Harry Potter is a very transgenerational phenomenon, 20 years ago the first book was published and today it continues to be one of the most beloved entertainment characters", explains Verónica Basanta.

The communication strategy is adapted to each country and each moment. The exhibition has an open character to Madrid through different actions and teaser elements. "An action in collaboration with the City of Madrid has been very important, to get an appetizer of the exhibition to all the people of Madrid before the exhibition began. We placed four giant replicas of characters and iconic objects of the Harry Potter saga in key points of Madrid. Everyone wanted to take a picture with Dobby, with the Nimbus 2000, the Sorting Hat or next to the flying Ford Anglia, there were queues every day. For us, this action was key to build interest in the exhibition and make known the arrival of it", explains Verónica Basanta.


SICUR 2018 grows and celebrates one of their most powerful and representative editions

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More innovations, offerings and more companies in all the sectors represented in the fair: Security-Defence; Fire Prevention-Emergency, Safety at Work

The Trade Show will gather new products from 640 companies, 11% more than in 2016, covering a surface area that adds to the 24% growth experienced in its last edition, a further increase of 13%

The direct presence of international companies increases by 38% and this year represents 28% of participation at SICUR

Organized by IFEMA, SICUR 2018 will be held from 20 to 23 of February 2018 in Feria de Madrid

Between the days 20 to 23 of February, SICUR 2018 will turn the halls of Feria de Madrid into one of the most complete international showcases in the sector of safety at work since this Trade Show, organized by IFEMA, is experiencing important growth, aligned with signs of recovery of the market. This can be seen in the greatest business participation, offerings of new features, contents and activities that this edition comprises, which is one of the most powerful and representative of the last years.


In this sense, it is necessary to emphasize the direct participation of 640 companies, 11% more than in 2016,  who will offer a great display of products, equipment, services and solutions in the three great segments gathered by SICUR -Security-Defence, Fire Prevention-Emergency Security, and Safety at Work which also appear remarkably stronger in this edition. 


The fair promotes, in addition, international participation, which increases 38% and that represents, this year, 28% of the exhibiting companies at SICUR.


In terms of surface area, SICUR 2018 consolidates the growth of the 24% experienced in 2016 and  increases the space occupied again by 13% this year.


Among the different innovations that will be presented at SICUR, the Gallery of New Products will show an interesting perspective of the progress represented as the result of the research and development work of the companies in the security sector who exhibit at SICUR.  On this occasion, the Gallery highlights 45 highly innovative proposals in design and technology, of which 16 correspond to the Security sector; 24 to Safety at Work, and 5 to Fire Prevention and Emergencies.


Furthermore, the progressive interrelation of information technologies and communications with different fields on security, and, consequently the appearance of new risks and threats, is the central theme of the new space SICUR CYBER, a point of contact with Cyber Security, organized in collaboration with ISMS Forum, which will allow contact with companies supplying solutions, as well as to know the current challenges and solutions of a whole team of professional experts who will participate in the programme of conferences, discussions and workshops.


The analysis and also the discussion of everything that occurs around the security sector will also have its best reference in SICUR FORUM,  a varied and complete programme of activities integrated into 20 Technical Conferences, which will deal with topics ranging from the main  new legislation in relation to the protection against fires; tendencies in active and passive defence and forest fires, all relating to fire, to PPEs and their commercialization, preventive activity, health at work, or the development of a programme of practical workshops for those working in prevention, in the area of safety at work.


SICUR FORUM will also dedicate different sessions to the world of emergencies in order to talk about the evacuation of people with disabilities, and the protection of patrimony;  presentations focused on the new challenges of terrorism from the point of view of emergencies and necessary safety measures;  the Protection of Critical Infrastructures will be discussed and success stories from different occasions from the security forces will be presented, among other activities that will offer professionals a real platform for training and information, which over four days will put security in the professional and social spotlight.


Coinciding with SICUR, the first edition of SMART DOORS, Doors and Automatics International Exhibition, is being held, and is another attraction for professionals from the world of security, since the offerings displayed in this Trade Show will gather the latest in fire-resistant doors, as well as innovations in automatic doors in general, with technological proposals and key solutions for physical security of any establishment in domestic and professional spheres.





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Domotics and security, the RED directive, AENOR certification, CE certification on doors or energy efficiency labelling, among the issues to be analysed in this first edition

Organised by IFEMA, SMART DOORS will be held alongside SICUR, the International Fair on Security, from the 21st to the 23rd of February, in Hall 2 of the Feria de Madrid.

Alongside the presentation of the new advances in technology, design, safety, accessibility, architectural integration etc. by the leading companies in the doors and automation industry at SMART DOORS 2018, the new Fair organised by IFEMA from the 21st to the 23rd of February in Hall 2 of the Feria de Madrid will be the forum for analysis and discussions on some of the most important current issues of the industry.

A full three-day program of Technical Conferences that will focus on issues of domotics and security, the RED directive, the AENOR certificate for installers and maintenance professionals; the CE labelling on doors and energy efficiency labelling, presented by experts in each field and within a context of great professional interest, as it will also coincide with the SICUR, the International Fair on Comprehensive Security.

The program will kick off on Wednesday the 21st of February in the morning, with the conference “Domotics, technological evolution in construction” by the Director of the UCAM Smart Architecture Master's, Eduardo Suller, where he will revisit the last 25 years of evolution of domotics systems for homes and buildings, as well as the various protocols, own or standard, organisations and regulations, and he will analyse the situation of a market that is sure to consolidate in the next decades.

The second subject of the day will be “The RED directive and its impact on the radio equipment market” by the Area Head of the General Secretariat for Inspection of Telecommunications of the Ministry for Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Luis Miguel Fidalgo.

The purpose of this conference is to inform the various companies that are part of the marketing chain of radioelectric equipment of the European Union on their obligations and requirements to place these products on the Spanish market, based on the guidelines and changes set forth in the New directive 2014/53/EU of the 13th June, and which developed the New Legislative Framework created in 2008, to add this type of products to the consolidated legislation.

Spain, as a Member State of the European Union, approved a Royal Decree that transposes the RED Directive and guarantees its application throughout national territory.  The conference will also refer to the activities that the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda has been entrusted with as market vigilance authority, and will inform on how to prove compliance with the RED directive, by means of an EC-type exam Certificate issued by a Notified Organisation.

Thursday, the 22nd of February, will be dedicated to “AENOR certification for installation and maintenance company”, in a session presented by AENOR INTERNATIONAL Certification Specialist, Miguel Blanco Rodriguez, in order to inform on the specific certification system for AENOR door installation and maintenance companies. All of the main national Associations took part in the production of this Certificate, as well as the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda.

Thursday's program will close with a presentation on Safety in construction products, presented by the Head of the Industrial Safety Department of the Ministry of Industry, Jose Antonio Delgado.

On Friday, the 23rd of February, there will be a
Technical conference on “Coexistence of the EC labelling of doors”, by the APPLUS representative Albert Ger. Once the co-existence period of the EC Labelling of Doors begins, this session will explain in detail the process to obtain it, the technical requirements, the product features to be declared by the manufacturer, considerations of the inspection/audit and the tests required. Information will also be provided on the participating agents and their respective duties and responsibilities (Notified Organisation, Test Laboratory, Manufacturer, Distributor, Imports, etc.) and on the type of documentation that must be presented by any supplier in order to accept an EC Label and the responsibilities in the event that it is not valid or does not exist.

The second session on Friday is on “Energy efficiency labelling for automatic doors”, by the MEQUONIC representative Miguel Perez, who will focus on the energy consumption impact of doors in a building and on the fundamental contribution of a thermally optimised and well insulated door, with a smart automation system, to the energy efficiency of a building as a whole.  Energy efficiency labelling also enables comparison of different options for automatic doors, from an energy standpoint.






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The 26th edition of the fair will be held from 18 to 21 October 2018

• The agreement strengthens IFEMA’s position as the leading art fair operator in Spain

• ESTAMPA, the Contemporary Art Fair, is now on IFEMA’s convention calendar, which is expanding the number of benchmark art events on offer such as ARCOmadrid, ARCOlisboa, FERIARTE, ALMONEDA and ALMONEDA Navidad

IFEMA, Spain’s leading art fair operator, will co-organise the next edition of ESTAMPA according to the agreement signed with the company that owns the Estampa Contemporary Art Fair. The agreement establishes a collaboration framework for the joint organisation of ESTAMPA 2018 on the Feria de Madrid premises from 18 to 21 October 2018.

This agreement consolidates IFEMA’s position within the art sector, with an annual programme that includes six specialised fairs, both within the field of contemporary art, such as ARCOmadrid, ARCOlisboa, and now also ESTAMPA, as well as within the realm of ancient art and collecting with another two national benchmark events, namely FERIARTE and ALMONEDA, with their two annual editions. Moreover, this collaboration represents a major boost for ESTAMPA which, year after year, has become Spain’s second most important Contemporary Art Fair. 

The team will continue to work under the direction of José María de Francisco, who has been managing the event since 2010, thus maintaining continuity in the programme, which focuses on reinforcing art collection in our country.  In addition, ESTAMPA will continue to work with Spain’s leading galleries and artists, contributing to the promotion of private collecting and reinforcing and stimulating our art market, which is the basis for developing a contemporary art scene that is growing ever stronger in Europe.

For IFEMA, in the words of its General Manager Eduardo López-Puertas, “this collaboration implies an additional boost to the specialisation of the institution not only within the art world, but also with respect to one of its main objectives, which is to disseminate and promote collecting and the creation of heritage in Spain”.

According to the Fair’s Director, José María de Francisco, “with this agreement with IFEMA we take a giant step forward; we will be able to continue to grow under the protection of a great institution, which has extraordinary experience in the organisation of one of the world’s most successful fairs, ARCOmadrid, and which provides the best conditions to continue to offer galleries and collectors a fair that is constantly growing and evolving.”


For more information: COMCO
 Gerardo López/Diana Cortecero
Telephone: (+34) 914361800 / 628591996 / 610422590

Marta Cacho | Press Officer and Head of Media Relations | mcacho@ifema.es





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