m+a | UFI Exhibition Newsletter | Issue 39

By Industry and Stakeholder News, 19 October, 2017

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Fastener Fair goes west

Fastener Fair goes west

Fastener Fair is expanding to the United States: Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group, organisers of the Fastener Fair exhibitions that take place globally, have announced the first edition of Fastener Fair USA to take place April 11 to 12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH. The show is planned as the premier event, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users at the region’s only dedicated fastener, fixing, and joining technology exhibition. “The idea to bring Fastener Fair to the U.S. market originated within the fastener industry” said Melissa Magestro, executive vice president of Mack Brook Exhibitions, Inc. “There is an increased need to find new technologies and suppliers in the U.S., and fastener OEMs and distributors are looking for a platform to showcase their solutions. We are bringing the Fastener Fair experience to the heart of the Midwest manufacturing region.” A unique feature of Fastener Fair USA will be the Fasteners Direct Pavilion, where manufacturers can showcase their solutions for OEM engineers, designers, buyers and R&D professionals all in one convenient location. The show will also offer exclusive, technical education sessions specifically to address the product design challenges of OEM end users. (kf)


VIP programme at Expo CIHAC

This year’s edition of Expo CIHAC offers a program designed to grant all participants at the event the opportunity to meet their clients and most important prospects, by granting them VIP access or nominating themselves to receive one. Based on applications, all nominees will be reviewed by the organising committee and notified of their VIP access, based on the amount and quality of business they can bring to the show. The event, which takes place October 17 to 21, 2017 at Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City, is organised by UBM Mexico Exposiciones and UBM Built Environment. (kf)


ACC North Building opened

The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) has opened its largest and most significant expansion in nearly two decades – ACC North. The seventh expansion adds 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, allowing for a variety of event uses under one roof. The new building designed in conjunction with Populous architectural firm and Turner Construction Company allows the centre to grow with its largest shows. “This is a transformative event for the Anaheim Convention Center,” said Tom Morton, executive director of Anaheim’s Convention Sports & Entertainment Department. “Not only is this our largest expansion since 2000, it is one of the most significant in terms of the features and innovation it brings to Anaheim.” The latest expansion enlarges the entire ACC to 1.8 million square feet, with more than one million square feet of exhibit space. (kf)

Asia – Pacific

BEWC diversifies

BEWC diversifies

In future, Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting (BEWC) will be staged alternately in Shanghai and Dongguan. The first edition in Dongguan is scheduled for May 8 to 11, 2018. The trade fair for joining, cutting and surfacing has taken place in Asia for the last 30 years. By choosing Dongguan as the event location, the fair is moving geographically closer to the industry – with a direct line to one of China’s most important industrial centres. Dongguan is one of China’s most successful exporting cities and, with its international ties and well developed infrastructure, offers ideal conditions for hosting exhibitions. (kf)


Cebit India postponed

Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. has announced that Cebit India, originally scheduled to take place November 30 to December 2, 2017 at White Orchid Convention Centre in Bengaluru, India, has been postponed. The show is planned to take place in 2018 but no exact date has been announced as yet. (kf)


KLCC expansion in progress

The expansion of Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) is well under way, as Angeline van den Broecke, director of Sales & Marketing, stated in her update on the progress of the expansion, “Due to be completed in mid-2019, the extension will provide an additional 11,000 sqm of flexible and multi-purpose space, which means more room to comfortably accommodate larger exhibitions and international association meetings, as well as concurrent events, and the opportunity for many current clients to grow their events significantly.” (kf)


Comeback for InterSOLUTION

Comeback for InterSOLUTION

After a three-year break, the 7th edition of InterSOLUTION, the international trade fair devoted to solar energy in the Benelux, will take place January 17 to 18, 2018, in Flanders Expo in Ghent (Belgium). The revival of the solar energy market is demonstrated by the major interest from exhibitors in the upcoming edition of the trade fair. Fair organiser Delphine Martens from Delfico BVBA: “After a difficult period, the solar panels sector is slowly but surely emerging from the downturn. Solar power is the future, and the market is starting to grow once more, even without large-scale subsidies.” After six successful editions between 2009 and 2014, InterSOLUTION also aims to be the platform for all professionals involved in this niche market, in which supply and demand meet, in the years to come. (kf)


New schedule for agricultural fairs

The agricultural fairs hosted in Wels are to follow a new schedule, which has been drawn up by the exhibition organiser and Club Landtechnik Austria. It has been agreed that from 2020 Agraria will take place every four years in November with wide coverage of all agricultural sectors on a national and international level, and will cover the entire exhibition grounds of Messe Wels. Wels will then be the only trade fair location at which the full range of agricultural topics will be represented, that is, agricultural engineering, animal husbandry and breeding, forestry equipment, seed cultivation, energy and wood, arable farming und grassland. Additionally, from September 2018, the Wels Autumn Fair will be redesigned and incorporate a new agricultural trade fair called Land. Tier. Wirtschaft (“Land. Livestock. Business”), which will take place every two years in Wels. (ch)


More digital information at IFEMA

As part of the effort of IFEMA to digitalise its facilities and in particular its communication elements, one of its first actions has been to install two large LED screens located at the information point of the two entrances to the site: the foyers of the North Gate and South Gate, which have been in operation since September 1, 2017. Providing great visual impact, the screens, which are 14×2 and 10×2.5 meters in size and output 1.800 nits of luminance, simultaneously display various contents relating to the activities of IFEMA through its various modules. This communicated, for instance, its calendar of fairs as well as video clips, creative and other informative elements relating to the fairs currently taking place at the venue. (kf)


Expo halal spain postponed

Expo halal spain, the show for Mediterranean food, finances, tourism and lifestyle, has been postponed. Instead of taking place in November 2017, it is now scheduled for April 26 to 27, 2018 at Feria de Madrid. The event is hosted by the trade show organisers Waha Group, Ambar Connect S.L. (kf)

Middle East – Africa

Rand Show launches Kids Expo

Rand Show launches Kids Expo

With the Launch of the Kids Expo @ Rand Show, the Rand Show 2018 will see a new event aimed at the whole family. “There is no other event of this magnitude in South Africa today that provides exhibitors with a targeted platform for this specific market,” says Craig Newman, CEO of Johannesburg Expo Centre and official spokesperson for the Rand Show. The event is designed to cater for the whole family from expectant parents, to tots kids, tweens and teens. The exhibitor profile for the Kids Expo @ Rand Show includes all brands and organisations that target young families, from clothing, toys, games, as well as learning and educational products and services. Opportunities for exhibitors to engage audiences’ senses with highly interactive brand activations are planned. (kf)


Maroc in Mode to receive support

The two fairs Maroc in Mode und Maroc Sourcing, which are organised by the Morrocon textile and clothing association AMITH and take place from October 26 to 27 on the premises of the Moulay Hassan racecourse in Marrakech, are to receive support: During the event, a Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed with Messe Frankfurt. The objective of the future collaboration is to position Morocco as a regional centre of textile fairs. Furthermore, more African textile producers will be introduced to the two platforms. This year, 150 exhibitors are expected to show on a floor space of 5,000 square metres. This year will also see the arrival of leather product suppliers. (kf)


Global Innovators to receive Expo Live grants

A total of 16 Global Innovators from 14 countries are to receive funding from the Expo Live grants from organisers of the World Expo to be held in Dubai in 2020. In addition to receiving up to US$100,000 in funding, the grant recipients will also get the chance to showcase solutions at Expo 2020. Successful submissions come from an array of fields, including healthcare, education, renewable energy, fintech, waste management and sustainability. The third cycle of the grant programme is open for submissions until December 2, 2017. (kf)



People in the News: Chaisong Churitt
Chaisong Churitt, general manager of VNU Exhibitions Asia
Chaisong Churitt has been appointed general manager of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific effective from September 1, 2017. He began his career at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in 1977 and continued to broaden his specialties in international conventions, marketing, media relations and governmental networking for over 37 years. (kf)

People in the News: Oliver P. Kuhrt
Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen
Oliver P. Kuhrt has been confirmed in his role as CEO of Messe Essen for a further five years. As the sole CEO he has borne responsibility for Messe Essen since 2014. During this period, Kuhrt has managed to significantly improve the economic situation of Messe Essen, establishing it among the top ten German exhibition locations. This was how the supervisory board chairman, Essen’s Mayor Thomas Kufen, explained the unanimous resolution passed by the board. (ch)

People in the News: Izad Ismail Abdullah
Izad Ismail Abdullah, Manager, PR & Communications at Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB)
Izad Ismail Abdullah has been promoted to Manager, PR & Communications at Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), reporting to the Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, Mei Phing. Prior to joining MyCEB in 2015, he held roles at Sime Darby Berhad and Astro. (kf)

People in the News: Nik Rudge
Nik Rudge, Chairman of SmartXpo
Nik Rudge has been appointed Chairman of SmartXpo, the intelligent events platform. He has 25 years’ experience in the events industry, with roles including divisional MD positions at UBM and Global Operations Director at ITE, and wants to make the business a leader in the tech and data revolution that the global exhibitions industry is set to undergo. (kf)


Good to know

TCEB introduces 2018 marketing campaign

TCEB introduces 2018 marketing campaign

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled its marketing communication campaign for 2018 which is entitled “THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success, decoded with chapters of possibilities”. The core concept of the 2018 campaign is aimed at further enhancing the position of Thailand as a leading pleasure destination in the region. The bureau expects that, by the end of next year, the country will have welcomed 1,192,000 international MICE visitors, who generate revenue of 112 billion baht. The campaign focuses on positioning Thailand as a fascinating destination that empowers business and provides professional passion. (kf)


Conscious Experience Convention wins

The Conscious Experience Convention by Loving Events, based in Amsterdam (Netherlands) was chosen as the best new idea in RAI Amsterdam’s global contest to find the most groundbreaking exhibition concepts. The global initiative to support new exhibition concepts was launched on the occasion of Global Exhibitions Day 2017 by RAI Amsterdam. Prospective participants in the ‘Start Up Your Event’ pitch competition were offered the chance to win both exhibition space at the RAI Amsterdam convention centre and access to RAI’s knowledge and expertise in organising events. The submitted exhibition concepts were evaluated by an international jury. The jury looked at aspects such as value creation for the selected target group/community, brand positioning, feasibility, the degree of innovation, and the overall potential. Four entries eventually reached the final stage of submitting their concepts. The choice of the winner reflected the fact that the topics of health and wellbeing are very much at the heart of global discussions. “Burn-out based on stress at work has become increasingly common and the need to find a suitable life-work balance is recognised as being of keen interest to the next generation,” announced the jury. “The core idea of Loving Events of developing a successful B to B convention in this area is very much in the spirit of this start-up competition”. The winning exhibition will be held in RAI Amsterdam in Q4, 2018. (kf)


Training completed!

Training completed!

Thirteen local and regional business event professionals recently earned their Event Management Degree (EMD) after completing the programme certified by UFI in Qatar. The six-month training programme came as part of Qatar Tourism Authority’s (QTA) efforts to enhance Qatar’s competitiveness in the business events field, and was delivered in collaboration with the Exhibition, Convention and Event Management Company (ECE). Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA, said “the EMD programme is one of many efforts undertaken to empower local exhibition professionals with the tools they need to attract and deliver the highest quality of events.” The EMD programme aims to help business event professionals develop essential skills related to project and risk management for exhibitions, sales management, exhibition marketing, strategic management and sustainability in the exhibition industry. Since the EMD programme was first launched in 2007 by the UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – it has been delivered 15 times at different locations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (kf)

Association News

European Investments

European Investments

European exhibition companies will invest heavily in their businesses: Members of EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centre Association comprising 22 of the largest venues of the world by revenue, will invest up to 3,5 billion Euro in the coming years. These investments are being made in three key areas: Firstly, investments in new halls. Some of these will replace older halls, but a considerable number of EMECA Members are adding additional indoor exhibition- and multifunctional space to their premises. Secondly, state of the art technology continues to be installed across all infrastructure and service application areas. This includes: digital equipment, such as digital signage and wayfinding, electronic ticketing services and new entrance solutions. Improving logistics is a high priority for all members, and include digital access and delivery controls, steering of traffic and parking. Thirdly, around 100 new trade fairs are being implemented by the association’s members in 2017-2018, half of them in Europe, half of them outside Europe in international growing markets. (kf)

Congress News

Final presentation

Final presentation

Jochen Witt of jwc will be giving his final presentation of the Global Industry Review at the UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg, which takes place November 1 to 4, 2017. For the past ten years, his analysis has been a permanent fixture in the congress programme. He will look back over the last decade, and assess how the major exhibition players have fared during that time. He will also present an analysis of global politics and the economies of the countries where the exhibition industry is strongest. Finally the main results of the annual Global Exhibition Industry Survey (GEIS) 2017 will be shared. Once again, the response to the survey was good, with most Europeans answering the survey, followed by a good response from Asia and North America, with Latin American and Africa returning fewer answers. (kf)

To register and for more information on the programme, travel information and post-event tour options, please visit: www.ufievent.org/johannesburg2017/.

Event Industry Shows

Oct 17 to Oct 19, 2017 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Prolight + Sound Middle East – International Trade Fair of Entertainment, Integrated Systems and Creation

Oct 18 to Oct 19, 2017 | Newbury, United Kingdom | Showman’s Show – The Outdoor Event Services ExhibitionOct 22 to Oct 23, 2017 | Birmingham, United Kingdom | BPM-DJing, Electronic Music Production and Club Culture Show

Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2017 | Birmingham, United Kingdom | PRO – Audio and Lighting Technology Show

Oct 25, 2017 | New York, USA | Illuminate: The BizBash Expo – Event Planning News, Ideas & Resources Exhibition

Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2017 | Singapore, Singapore | ITB Asia – The Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market

Oct 30 to Nov 2, 2017 | Orlando, USA | TEAMS ’17-Travel, Events and Management in Sports – Conference and Expo

Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2017 | Alicante, Spain | Expofiesta-Trade Show for Event Organization, Costumes and Equipment

Nov 4 to Nov 5, 2017 | Albi, France | ANIMVILLE-Event and Festivities’ Organisation Exhibition

Nov 9, 2017 | Frankfurt/Main, Germany | LOCATIONS Rhein-Main-Trade Fair for Extraordinary Venues and Event Services Fair

Source: Industry and Stakeholder News