Environmental Street Furniture (ESF), recently joined over 1,000 companies at the world’s largest amusement trade show held in Orlando, Florida as it continues its global expansion.
Now exporting to twenty countries including the Middle East, USA and Australia, ESF has seen significant growth in terms of the products it supplies to an international market. The company has successfully developed from servicing the local market with street furniture to diversifying its products.
Based in Newtownabbey and founded in 2012 by Alan Lowry, ESF designs and supplies a huge selection of exterior street furniture products globally, including custom bespoke products for the experience attraction industry.
The company’s attendance at the prestigious IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Attractions Expo, through the support of Invest NI and the UK Department for International Trade (UK DIT), further cements ESF as a supplier to the global market.
Alan Lowry, managing director ESF said; “Although our office is in Newtownabbey, we supply all over the world and are keen to continue to grow the export arm of the business. In the past twelve months we have secured high value contracts with various theme park operators, zoos, museums and water parks for our themed products.
“We were delighted to be involved with the IAAPA Attractions Expo and have the opportunity to attend and showcase our innovative products to some of the world’s leading figures in the amusement and entertainment sectors. By being in front of the key industry contacts we were able to engage directly with buyers and promote the work we do. From the busy four days we have secured orders and interest in our products and are confident that we will build on this for future business and establish ESF as the ‘go to’ for themed exterior street furniture.
“The attractions industry business is experiencing a huge boom around the world and we are very excited to be a part of it. We recently supplied themed street furniture to the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai (pictured above) in the form of over 150 themed custom benches and 450 themed litter bins.
“With the current currency fluctuations that we are experiencing, it is of paramount importance that we realise the importance of exporting and maximise our exporting potential. To that end, ESF are continuing to focus on the growth opportunities within the attractions industry and we hope that by attending key market events such as the IAAPA Expo that it will help with the groundwork we need to do.”
As well as its membership of IAAPA, ESF is also a member of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) of which members are experts in design, storytelling and providing creative experiences for the experience attractions industry. This has further helped open up the global market to ESF and the company is committed to continuing to invest in its design and supply of bespoke and exciting products to the worldwide sector.
With over nine miles of aisles, the IAAPA Attractions Expo covered everything from costumed characters roaming the floor to the squeals and screams of the visitors who had the opportunity to try out the newest theme park rides alongside seeing what new products and latest trends will be coming for the next year for theme parks.
The trade show took place over a four day period at the Orange County Convention Centre with over 35,000 visitors attending the show. Over $50 million was generated in economic impact from the Expo alone making it one of the top atttractions shows of the year for the attractions industry.
In addition to designing and supplying theme street furniture to the global Experience Attractions market, ESF is also at the forefront of innovation offering a range of solar powered products including mobile phone charging stations and benches, illuminated litter bins using LED lighting, and solar LED wayfinding lighting.