LIMA ’17 : Exceeded Expectations
YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Minister of Defence
LANGKAWI | 24 March 2017
The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (#LIMA17) has revealed record breaking numbers over the three main industry-only trade days (Tuesday to Thursday) where the combined attendances totaled 40,280, exceeding LIMA 2015 figures. This strong support from members of the industry towards the exhibition is a clear sign that the industry is not slowing down. Furthermore, we are expecting a total of roughly 140,000 public visitors over today and tomorrow.
The exhibition has been evolving in Langkawi for the past twenty-seven years - and this year’s exhibition, concurrent program of activities, live maritime and air displays, and static displays were the most impactful to date. This is all thanks to the concerted effort of all the organising company, EnP Projects Sdn Bhd together with the ministries and departments involved in the organisation and success of this year’s show.
LIMA ’17 is the biggest edition to date in terms of space and attendees, with a unique split between the Aerospace segment at the Mahsuri International Convention Center and the Maritime segment at Resorts World. This steady growth shows that LIMA ’17 remains the preferred platform and gateway for our industry partners to showcase their latest offerings. Furthermore, an impressive RM3.8 billion worth of signings were witnessed at the Official Signing Ceremony yesterday.
In addition to being a great platform for business, there were 10 high impact conferences and activities in support of the exhibition programme. The concurrent program assembles the key influencers from the substantial number of delegations attending from the maritime and aerospace communities. Among the highlights were the Chiefs of Navy Roundtable Talks, the ASEAN Aviation Summit 2017, the LIMA’15 Air Chiefs Conference, the MIGHT Open Forum and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency's Search & Rescue Forum.
LIMA ’17 also witnessed historic firsts, such as our 3 of our Royal Malaysian Air Force Airbus A400Ms performing a tactical manoeuvre together during the Opening Gambit - never before seen in the world. Also, the Jupiter Aerobatic Team from Indonesia and the Black Eagles Aerobatic Team from South Korea performed a joint formation for the first time ever during the air show today. 6 Jupiter KT1s along with 8 Black Eagles T50s conducted manoeuvres and demonstrations for the public, displaying a strong sense of camaraderie only exhibited at LIMA17. For the maritime segment, our maritime bodies and agencies conducted their demonstrations for the first time with our industry partners such as Thales, SAAB and Muhibbah. Having said that, the Royal Malaysian Navy played host to the largest high-powered Navy delegation, consisting of 31 Chiefs of Navy and representatives. My heartiest congratulations to Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman bin Hj Ahmad Badaruddin, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy; and General Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi bin Buang, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force for being excellent hosts and pulling off another successful LIMA.
To the local and international media who have provided excellent coverage, to all the countries represented at this year’s LIMA, to all the visiting aircrafts, vessels, aerobatic teams, to all supporting ministries and to the visiting public, I would like take this opportunity to thank all of you for your contributions towards making LIMA ’17 a success.
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