10 Things You Should Know Before Attending Defence Security Equipment International DSEI 2019

17 January 2022

Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) is one of the world’s largest defence and security events, attracting exhibitors and delegates from across the globe. The exhibition is held every two years at London’s Excel, with tens of thousands of visitors descending upon the famous location to network, attend conferences and come face to face with the latest in defence and security technologies.

DSEI represents the entire supply chain in defence and security, bringing together innovators, buyers, sellers and knowledge bases on an unparalleled scale. Indeed, the scale of the exhibition may well be overwhelming for first time attendees and exhibitors, so here are ten things you should know before attending the world’s largest defence and security equipment exhibition.

1. The exhibition is split into five zones.

DSEI will have five sector-focused zones all of which will focus on the latest equipment and systems technologies. The zones are the Aerospace Zone, the Naval Zone, the Security Zone, the Land Zone and the Joint Zone.


2. DSEI is attended by around 35,000 individuals

DSEI really is one of the largest defence and security events in the world, and attracts tens of thousands of delegates every two years. These delegates are drawn from some 90 plus countries and represent a whole host of people from academics to military personal to technical specialists.

3. Over 1,600 exhibitors will attend DSEI

Exhibitors from across the globe flock to DSEI, demonstrating a variety of wares from perimeter security innovations like the QAB System, to vehicles.

4. Visitors can attend as part of the Supply Chain Programme

Delegates working in Procurement, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Design Engineering or Manufacturing, can attend the event as part of the DSEI Supply Chain Programme. This programme offers participants the opportunity to meet with SMEs and any other company with existing of innovative new products through a series of pre-scheduled appointments throughout the exhibition, allowing attendees to make quality connections with key supply chain players.

5. There’s a dress code!

You may not be aware, but there’s a dress code at DSEI! No Bermuda shorts or sandals: military personnel are encouraged to attend in uniform, with changing rooms available on site, with other delegates being advised to attend in business attire.

6. DSEI is operated by Clarion Events

DSEI has been operated by Clarion Events since 2008. The Clarion Events portfolio of defence and security events is acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading forums allowing high ranking government officials and senior military personnel the opportunity to converge. Across the globe, Clarion Events provide opportunities for leading defence and security equipment innovators and suppliers to share knowledge, develop partnerships and network for future growth.

7. Filming and photography is not permitted

While there is plenty to see and experience at DSEI, filming and photography is not permitted at the show. However, individual trade stands may be filmed or photographed with the express permission of the trade stand exhibitor.

8. The 2019 event is DSEI’s 20th anniversary

The next edition of DSEI will mark 20 years since the event was first established at the British Army and Navy Exhibition. Since then, DSEI has grown to become on of the world’s largest forums for defence and security experts and now encompasses the entire defence and security industry.

9. The exhibition has six distinct hubs

DSEI 2019 will offer six hubs offering practical demonstrations, insightful talks and an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. The hubs for DSEI 2019 are the Communications Hub, the Cyber Hub, the Innovations Hub, the Manufacturing Hub, the medical Hub and the Space Hub.

10. Attendees are VIPs with purchasing power

DSEI attracts a high calibre audience with the authority to make purchasing decisions. In 2017, 64% of attendees have purchasing power and the audience represented a combined total of £100bn in defence budgets.

WCC West Coast Group will be exhibiting at the Defence and Security Equipment International 2019 event from the 10th-13th of September at Excel in London. Come along and chat to one of our team about your security construction and perimeter security needs, or alternatively contact us directly to discuss your requirements.