Dead or alive? —Some recent comments on global trade shows

  • Alan Heath editor of CEE Packaging ( says — even in midst of Euro crisis–to keep your eye on Fach Pack in September in Germany
  • Rob Meyer, CEO of the Numerical Algorithms Group says —“SC  (note: that’s the Supercomputing Show) as a technical meeting AND trade show seems to be growing. What makes it different is that HPC is both an industry and a community where people connections are strong and long-lived and SC is a very effective and efficient means for this community to reconnect annually.”
  • Here in Chicago I’ve seen Label Expo America that coincides with September 11 each year grow geometrically since 9/11 when most date back the demise of trade shows.
  • Also in Chicago the Assembly trade show in Rosemont that had been dwindling has new owners. They comment–
    ““We saw an industry need for an assembly-only focused trade show in the Midwest, and we have a clear vision to fill that need,” said Thomas A. Esposito, Publisher of ASSEMBLY Magazine. “Through extensive research and industry polling, we have concluded that both suppliers and users of assembly equipment want a space where they can focus solely on assembly, not intermixed with other areas in manufacturing. The ASSEMBLY Show will bring back the tradition of past assembly-only events. We are pleased to announce that we have already signed on dozens of industry leading exhibitors to participate in the event.”