Farnborough International Airshow 2022 will be a truly global gathering of companies – big and small – from across the industry this summer.

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International, said this year’s Airshow would see around 70 per cent of exhibitors hailing from overseas.

Hosting the world

“We really are delighted to be able to host the world again, here in the UK,” he said. “2019 in Paris was the last time the whole world got together and therefore the whole industry is so excited to come to Farnborough in the summer.”

A key change at this year’s Airshow is two new film and sound stages that will become the “beating heart” of the Aerospace Global Forum (AGF) – a fresh platform and aerospace ecosystem that will enable industry leaders to discuss and enact meaningful change.

“We felt that Farnborough has this incredible convening power, but the aerospace world doesn’t necessarily have a voice to be able to deal with some major issues,” Rogers explained, citing challenges from artificial intelligence and digitisation to climate change.

“These issues need to be solved by industry as whole, not by individual companies, and with that convening power that Farnborough has, we feel it is an absolutely perfect opportunity to bring people together in the AGF and solve those issues for the benefit of industry.”

From SMEs to industry giants

While the likes of Airbus and Boeing will be present at the Airshow, Rogers said small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were an equally important element of the five-day event, which runs from 18-22 July 2022.

“Farnborough is about the whole supply chain, the whole industry, right from the biggest through to the smallest,” Rogers said, adding that he hoped it would contribute to “growing the SME community and growing the benefit they get out of the show.”

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