THE British Industries Fair, 1939, will open on February 20. It is divided into two main sections—one at London and the other at Birmingham; and the London section is again divided into two groups one at Olympia and the other at Earl's Court. The number of overseas buyers who have intimated their intention to come to the Fair is six hundred more than last year and they are coming from no fewer than 66 countries. Holland heads the list, sending 607 compared with 465 last year. Belgium is second, 293 having accepted as against 245. Eire is sending 269 as against 207; Poland, 164 compared with 72; Czechoslovakia, despite recent happenings, 154 as against 37; Hungary, 110 as against 19; from Denmark there is a slight falling off, 105 compared with 112; and from Switzerland 96 are coming, as against 79 last year. The hardware and heavy industries section of the Fair will be held, as heretofore, at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. At Earl's Court the main exhibits will be those of the textile and furnishing trades, and also an Empire section. At Olympia the trades exhibited will include chemicals (light and heavy), scientific instruments, photographic and cinematographic apparatus, radio apparatus and plastics, in addition to a large number of other industries, such as glass and leather, usually regarded as belonging to the category of light industries. Among the chemical exhibits, that of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., repeats the practice, introduced by this firm last year, of showing only one major product at a time. Last year the subject was soda; this year it will be ammonia. Exhibits will be shown in six main groups: the use of ammonia in its anhydrous form; as ammonia liquor; as ammonium compounds; oxidized to nitric acid; converted to cyanide; and converted to urea.
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British Industries Fair. Nature 143, 295 (1939). https://doi.org/10.1038/143295a0