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Germans seek alliances

Civils 98 will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 19-21 May 1998. It is the only exhibition dedicated to the UK civil engineering profession and is being promoted by NCE and Emap Construct with the full support of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The German-British Chamber of Commerce is working with Emap Construct to create a 'German Village' at the Civils 98 exhibition from 19-21 May.

Object of the plan is to give German and British firms an opportunity to meet and discuss prospects for working in joint ventures both in Britain and abroad.

Next week a joint team from the London German-British Chamber of Commerce and Emap Construct is presenting the plan at a special meeting in Bonn for potential participants. There is an opportunity for up to 20 German firms to represent themselves both at Civils 98 and the Pipelines 98 exhibition, which is running in parallel.

The scheme follows the successful 'Engineers in Dialogue' run last year by the German-British Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. Emphasis then was to aid co-operation between consulting engineers from the five Neue Lnder - former East Germany - putting them in contact with potential UK and Irish partners. Seventeen companies took part.

The presentation of the Civils 98 project will be made next Wednesday to a meeting of the DIHT, the umbrella organisation for all Germany's chambers of commerce.

Space in Hall 12 at the National Exhibition Centre for Civils 98 has been sold out since last year and there are now barely any stands left in Hall 11 for the associated Pipelines 98 exhibition. Fortunately the NEC has recently commissioned an extension to Hall 11 specifically for hospitality and special features associated with exhibitions.

The hall extension is some 25m square at ground level and has a mezzanine gallery. Emap Construct is currently working with exhibition stand design and build contractor Clements & Street on a customised scheme for the village. Using this space will put the Anglo-German venture on the central spine of both Civils 98 and Pipelines 98 as a major new attraction for both events.

*For further details of the German Village contact Denis Sheehan tel: (0171) 505 6625.

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