French livestock show SPACE has opened with a record number of exhibitors, despite Europe's ongoing economic difficulties. 

The 27th edition of the event, held in Rennes, France, September 10-13, offers visitors 1,400 stands and extends to an area of 67,000 m2.

The organizers note that exhibitors this year have come from a wider range of countries, with 13 from China, four from Turkey and three from Japan. For European suppliers to the poultry industry, the event helps them to showcase their goods to overseas visitors, thus helping to ensure survival while demand remains weak on the home market.

Within the poultry sector, there are 101 direct and co-exhibitors, of which 29 are exhibiting for the first time. The poultry sector has drawn more new foreign exhibitors than any other.

Over the course of the event, 100,000 trade visitors are expected to attend the event, with more than 10 percent coming from outside France. 

A record number of products are on display at the show this year, with 64 selected for recognition in the event's innovation awards; of those 64, 11 are for use in poultry.