SOFEX Conference 2012
From the 8th – 10th May, Prometheus Medical were delighted to exhibit at the 9th Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) in Jordan. Taking place at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the exhibition was held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein and with the full support of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF).
SOFEX was a four-day event, the first of which was a conference that included a series of comprehensive and topical seminars delivered by top military officials from around the world, tackling a wide range of issues pertinent to current counter terrorism and homeland security issues. The remaining three days formed the exhibition, with a number of pavilions, where companies from a number of countries were exhibiting.
It was Prometheus’ first time attending the SOFEX event and we were very surprised at the level of organisation and scope of the exhibition. Based in the UK Pavilion, Prometheus were on site every day to present both new and existing equipment and found that SOFEX was an excellent platform for promoting Prometheus and its products. The Prometheus stand received plenty of attention, fulfilling our aim to showcase and promote the new Russell Chest Seal and the Prometheus Pelvic Splint. Both CE Marked and available to buy only in early 2012, the two products went down a storm and drummed up a lot of interest at the Prometheus stand!
A number of Delegates visited the stand and our attendance at the exhibition led to serious discussions with the Jordanian Armed Forces. Prometheus also met with the private physician to the King, who took great interest and seemed extremely impressed with all of our equipment. Further to this, we were also visited by the Prince’s personal physician, who took a number of sample products with him, which resulted in a visit from the Prince of Jordan himself!
As a direct result of this, two members of the Prometheus team were invited to spend an hour training 20 Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses in trauma management, utilising Prometheus equipment. The training included the use of; The SOF™ Tactical Tourniquet, Olaes™ Bandage, Blast™ Bandage, The Russell Chest Seal™, ChitoGauze®, Nightingale Dressing™, Prometheus Pelvic Splint, PTP Pouch and Talon II® Litter. After the training session, Prometheus met with the head of the Jordanian Civil Defence and was filmed by a Jordanian TV crew discussing our equipment with the Commander of The Jordanian Royal Medical Services.
Prometheus also met with distributors from Lebanon, Iran, Beirut and Kuwait and we are pleased to have had so much exposure to other countries. We also met individuals from various other organisations which resulted in some extremely interesting propositions.
Prometheus is truly honoured to have met some of the most influential people of Jordan and we are elated with the way we were welcomed and acknowledged.
As a company, Prometheus is thrilled to have attended an exhibition as worthwhile as SOFEX and the trip was extremely beneficial.
Here’s to SOFEX 2013! We hope to see you there.