14 Dec 2015 - By
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DPRTE 2016 – showcasing product innovation in defence

Conferences present a premier opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their new products directly to an audience that matters, which is something that Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2016, taking place on 16 March at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, offers businesses keen to succeed and grow in the fast-evolving defence and security marketplace.

It’s an exciting time for defence procurement following the announcement in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) that a £178 billion investment will be made in defence equipment and support over the next decade, representing a £12 billion uplift in funding. The defence budget will increase by 0.5% above inflation for the rest of this Parliament, allowing investment in people, equipment and the MOD estate. This presents a fantastic opportunity for organisations throughout the defence supply chain.

The Ministry of Defence relies on innovative cutting-edge solutions of all types and has extensive requirements across all industry sectors. Products delivered by a vibrant and inventive UK defence value chain ultimately strengthen the MOD and the Armed Forces.

The dedicated Product Showcase Exhibition at DPRTE 2016 will provide a unique full-spectrum opportunity for private sector organisations to demonstrate their solutions and services directly to over 1000 key decision makers from the defence procurement community, responsible for an annual spend of over £19 billion. For existing and aspiring defence suppliers of all sizes looking to drive business growth, DPRTE 2016 will draw together experienced professionals from across the defence and security sector to examine the opportunities and challenges facing the modern-day UK Armed Forces.

One successful business exhibiting at DPRTE 2016 is Jactron, a world-leading NAND and DRAM data storage distributor. Grahame Hutchins, Marketing Manager at Jactron, said: “This is the UK defence procurement show to be at. Anyone who is involved in this sector needs to be at this show. Defence is an important industry for us and some of our customers will also be at the show either as exhibitors or visitors.

“We are very active in this sector and DPRTE is certainly the best-focused event for us to be at. As a sponsor our plans are to raise the profile of Jactron to the UK defence supply chain, to showcase some of the products and manufacturers we represent and also to help resolve any issues companies may have when it comes to memory and storage.

“We will be showcasing a range of industrial-grade memory and storage from a variety of manufacturers such as Innodisk, ATP, APRO and PRETEC. Products we will be showcasing range from microSD Cards to 2 terabyte SSDs, Compact Flash and DRAM.”

Also exhibiting their innovative products at DPRTE 2016 will be the likes of Carillion, QinetiQ, Harris Corporation, Getac UK and Skyscape Cloud Services.

With a projected audience profile consisting of 35% MOD, 30% SMEs, 15% Prime Contractors, 15% academia and 5% other public sector, DPRTE 2016 offers the potential to exhibit to a wide range of delegates keen to procure cutting-edge defence products and solutions of all kinds.