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UPEX @ Gulf Print
Following the successful formula established at the last six exhibitions UPEX again featured within the 2015 show. It was attended by 12,000 visitors, a nine percent increase on the previous exhibition. Visitors came from 110 countries - strong indicators of the industry's growth across the entire region.
The show took place at The Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC, positioned between new and old Dubai. To one side are the city's glittering new skyline of hotels, freehold properties, business districts, shopping malls and entertainment resorts. To the other side is the older part of Dubai with its souqs, landscaped parks and vibrant retail and residential districts. Dubai's historic creek, wildlife bird sanctuary, zoo, museum, heritage sites, beaches, championship golf courses, and marina are also in the vicinity.
Used Machinery Dealers taking part were:
Allaoui Printing Service GmbH, Germany
Exhibitors benefited from the visitor marketing programme put in place by the Middle East's leading trade show organiser backed up by the industry specific expertise of the UPEX team.
QUICKSILVER - British World Water Speed Record Bid
UPEX has put its support behind the Quicksilver team aiming to bring Donald Campbell's world water speed record back to the UK after a gap of nearly 40 years. The bid has been mounted by Nigel Macknight and is now timed to take place in 2011 on Coniston Water.
Sponsored by UPEX
The World Water Speed Record was first held in 1928 by an American, George Wood, and he set it at 92.84mph.
The first Englishman to hold the record was Sir Henry Segrave in Miss England 2, on Lake Windermere.
Sir Malcolm Campbell entered the arena in September 1937 when he took Bluebird K3 to 126.33mph at Lake Maggiore, Italy. He raised the record three more times to 141.74mph on Lake Coniston in August 1939 driving Bluebird K4.
The record went back to America until in July 1955 Donald Campbell (Sir Malcolm's son) broke the 200mph barrier at Lake Ullswater in Bluebird K7. In six more record-breaking runs up to December 1964 Campbell raised the record to 276.33mph, on Lake Dumbleyung, Australia.
It was in a much modified version of this same boat, Bluebird K7, that Donald Campbell lost his life in another record breaking attempt on Lake Coniston, 4th January 1967. He was trying to break through the 300mph barrier, and had achieved 297mph on his first of two obligatory runs. When the boat crashed before completing the second run it was timed at over 300mph.
Since 1977 the World Water Speed record has been held by an Australian, Ken Warby, in Spirit of Australia. He was the first to officially break the 300mph barrier when he set the current record of 317.60mph in October 1978.
And that's where UPEX and Quicksilver come in!
As an official corporate sponsor UPEX will have opportunities to involve both exhibitors and visitors in this exciting venture.
The craft: Quicksilver will be 42 feet long with a hull 4 feet wide. Overall width is 11 feet and weight will be around 3.5 tonnes (right now about 2.5 tonnes is built). It will be powered by a Rolls Royce Spey jet engine, more usually used to power a Buccaneer aircraft.
For more details on the Quicksilver team: www.quicksilver-wsr.com
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