Finmeccanica is a leading industrial group in Italy and a global player in the aerospace and defence industries, with a vision to consolidate and build on its position and a global high-tech leader in both the defence sector and the civil sector.

Pico proudly activated Finmeccanica’s presence at two noteworthy air shows this year: the peerless Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition in Avalon, South Australia (the Avalon Airshow), and the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia (the LIMA Exhibition), one of the most influential exhibitions in Asia.

At the Avalon Airshow, our teams designed, built and handled fit-out for Finmeccanica’s Executive Business unit, transforming the interior and external spaces of the show’s chalets to create a comfortable, practical and functional space where the company could conduct business meetings and host catered private events. The 200 sq. m. space included meeting rooms, a reception area, internal and external hospitality spaces and a tarmac display space for helicopters.

The space was designed to create an inviting flow from the entrance down past the meeting rooms, opening up into the spacious hospitality spaces. Maximum space was given to the meeting and hospitality areas to encourage impromptu discussions and meaningful networking with new and existing customers. 

The team received very positive feedback from Finmeccanica, encouraging us to keep in contact for future events worldwide. This led to us being awarded the contract for the LIMA Exhibition just weeks later!

In Langkawi, we provided similar services in a slightly smaller space, with 72 sq. m. of interior space, 48 sq. m. of outdoor decking area and an additional 12m x 12m outdoor helicopter display.

The design was based around creating multiple meeting areas for the client and their guests and dignitaries. The team also needed to ensure that we created equally prominent branding spaces for Finmeccanica’s brands and companies to showcase product and video content in a balanced way.

As the structures were only completed days before the move in date, we had staff on the ground in Langkawi communicate up-to-date measurements to our fabrication team. Working on this tropical island presented a few challenges, the most significant being the island’s lack of facilities. This meant we had to be extremely prepared in the lead-up to installation and ensure that we approached the build phase with precision.

Despite the challenges, the team delivered once again and received excellent feedback from the Finmeccanica staff we worked alongside during this intense project.