THE 1937 British Industries Fair opened in London and Birmingham on February 15 and will remain open until February 26. The organizers tell us, as they have been able to tell us each successive year for many years past, that it is the biggest and most impressive fair that has yet taken place. There is no reason to doubt the claim; the record area occupied by the exhibitors' stands last year has been exceeded by more than 10,000 square feet. No doubt, over and above the increased number of exhibits due to the natural growth of industry and to the recent improvement in trade generally, the fact that this is Coronation year has had a considerable influence upon the record figures. There are more than 1,500 exhibitors detailed in the catalogue, of whom the largest number (78) are from London and the two smallest groups are from Glasgow (12) and from Edinburgh (7). No less than sixty countries are represented by their trade buyers. Holland heads the list, and other countries well represented are Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, the United States, Sweden and Poland. Italy also is I, well represented, but Spain, which last year sent a strong contingent of buyers, is this year a notable - absentee, for reasons which will be obvious. As before, the hardware and heavy industries section of the fair is held at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.