The Hi-LED 55+, Aluvision’s newest LED innovation, has just been launched and has already received its first prestigious, world-renowned award. The iF Design Award is a symbol of outstanding design achievements that focuses on the innovative power of design. The brand new LED tile is the most flexible and creative LED tile on the market.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has renewed a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Agility’s Fairs and Events, a division of Agility Global Integrated Logistics. This MoU will continue to enhance ADNEC’s service offering to exhibitors and event organisers with a full range of logistics and freight forwarding services.
S. Balasubramanian Pillai, executive director & COO, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) and Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) was elected as the president of Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) at the 13th Annual General Meeting of IEIA held in Mumbai on 16th December 2019.
Continued growth including again record results for many EMECA members was reported during its General Assembly held at Viparis, Porte de Versailles. A good level of investments into infrastructure and digitalisation persists. Besides, all members continue broaden their offer and to increase their sales in services.
The markets are currently experiencing trends that are stimulating new business opportunities that demand a bespoke occasion for in-depth analysis and discussions for professional operators in the sectors involved.
The Scandinavian Exhibition Group has recently acquired the majority in one of the leading PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) companies in Scandinavia – Meetagain Conferences. The acquisition means that the Group now strengthens its position as a full service provider for exhibition and congress organizers and becomes one of the leading companies in the industry sector in Scandinavia.
Following a successful seven-year partnership, Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been awarded an extended contract by ExCeL London exhibition and international convention center to continue being their venue preferred logistics partner.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition Industry, has recently welcomed Justine Evans as the new marketing and communications manager to the UFI team in Paris. Justine takes over the role from Monika Fourneaux-Ceskova who managed UFI’s marketing and communications activities for the past year and a half, and who has relocated to Dubai.
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has promoted Priscilla Leong to be chief executive of Agility Fairs & Events, one of the world’s top exhibition forwarding specialists. Leong, COO of Agility Fairs & Events since 2011, will oversee all aspects of the business globally and continue to serve as regional director of its operations in Asia-Pacific.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. One of the key findings is a weaker first half of 2019 in terms of revenue growth compared to 2018, but there is still an overall positive trend for the year in relation to revenue.
The newly elected IELA Board of Management (BOM) proudly confirms three women leaders in the exhibition logistics industry among its members: Mariane Ewbank, former IELA chairwoman 2016-2018, Priscilla Leong and Sandi Trotter, both new members elected for 2019-2021.
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is pleased to announce that the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) is the winner of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2019. HML is the professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day-to-day management for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”).
In the beautiful view of Yanqi Lake in Beijing, from 2 to 4 July, Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation 2019 (EPFIC 2019) will be held under the theme of “Connectivity for MICE Cooperation”. Organized by New Expo International Media Group, EPFIC is a B2B event for the global MICE and exhibition industry, and it has been successfully organized by 8 sessions. Since its launch, it has welcomed about 13,000 industry professionals from China and about 53 countries and regions.
From 15 to 17 May, Europe's trade fair experts will meet in the UK’s second-largest metropolis. The focus will be on the organisers and how to handle changing framework conditions.
Training is not only key in creating efficient service processes, but also in boosting business.Since 2002 IELA has qualified over 200 logistics specialists for future tasks in the industry. An educational programme is essential in order to receive unique training on the subject of exhibition and events logistics. IELA held its 9th edition of the biennial IELA Winter Seminar from January 16th to 20th 2019 in Zurich.
UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship “Global Exhibition Industry Barometer research”, taking the pulse of the industry, and reporting global and regional trends as well as a total of 19 market profiles, including – for the first time: Japan.
Reed Exhibitions, a division of Relx Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio. It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world.
2018 has become a memorable year for the exhibition and business events industry around the world – with much of the attention on M&A, on changing event formats or “festivalisation”, and on a changing global landscape. As every year, the UFI team has used our association’s Global Congress as well as many separate conversations all around the world to isolate and identify the core themes that we feel will impact the global exhibition industry in 2019. So today, let me share with you “UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2019”:
The owner of Nice Events Scandinavia, together with co-operation partners, has founded the new holding company the Scandinavian Exhibition Group. The Group’s mission is to offer top class, leading face-to-face and digital meetings to the Scandinavian business community.
2018 will again be a very good year for the major exhibition centres in Europe with revenue growth for nearly all Members. At the recent EMECA General Assembly held at Fira Barcelona, members gave positive feedback about their trade fairs in 2018, many even prepare for record results.
UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, taking the pulse of the industry.
One of the key findings: for the first time in the past ten years, all four global regions have reported a positive turnover development simultaneously. In terms of operating profit, most companies maintained a good level of performance in 2017, and more than 40% of companies from all regions declared an increase of more than 10% compared to 2016. However, the prospects for 2018 are currently lower globally. Results also indicate that the top business issue for the industry remains the “state of the national/regional economy” (listed by 24% of all respondents), ahead of “Competition within the industry” and “Global economic developments” (listed by 18% of each respondents). For the second year running, the barometer included a section focusing on the state of digital conversion in the industry. The headline “Digitisation Implementation Index – DIX”, has moved slightly up to +32 (up +1 from last year).
“We are pleased to see that the growth for 2018, anticipated 6 months
ago, appears to be confirmed, and that this is the case in all regions
of the world; at the same time, geopolitical uncertainty and specific
industry shifts lead to cautious expectations in terms of profits. We
also notice that a wide range of companies around the world are
embracing the digitisation of our industry,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI
Managing Director / CEO.
Size & Scope. This latest edition of UFI’s semi-annual industry survey was concluded in July 2018 and includes data from a record 312 companies in 55 countries. The study delivers outlooks and analysis for fourteen major markets: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Macau, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US. In addition, four aggregated regional zones have been analysed.
Regarding turnover for the two halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019, all four global regions report that a majority of companies declare an increase in turnover, even when taking into account the companies who are uncertain about their turnover for the coming year: this is the case for around 7 companies out of 10 in the Americas, in Asia/Pacific and also in Europe. In addition, in Europe more than 8 companies out of 10 have positive expectations for the first half of 2019. In the Middle East and Africa the levels are a bit lower (6 companies out of 10, with higher levels of uncertainty). In terms of operating profit, 44% of companies from all regions declared an increase of more than 10% for the year 2017 compared to 2016. The highest proportions of companies declaring such an increase are observed in India (72%), Germany and the U.S. (70%).
However, the prospects for 2018 are currently lower globally, with 37%
of companies expecting a profit increase of more than 10%. Thus, while
there is still a very healthy share of companies (35% to 45%) who, in
each of the markets analysed, expect their profits to rise by more than
10% in 2019, this share of optimistic companies is generally lower than
one year ago. This indicates a rather more cautious approach in light of
Top Business Issues
When asked about their top business issues, companies report four main concerns: “State of the economy in home market” (24% in the current survey, down 1% compared to 6 months ago); “Competition from within the industry” (18%, down 3% compared to 6 months ago); “Global economic developments” (18% in the current survey, up 2% compared to 6 months ago); and “Internal challenges” (17% in the current survey, up 1% compared to 6 months ago). For several national markets, specific issues are very high on the agenda: “State of the economy in home market” in Brazil (37% of respondents), Russia (33%), South Africa (32%), Iran and Mexico (31%); “Competition from within the industry” in Indonesia (33% of respondents) and Macau (32%); and “Global economic developments” in Germany (31% of respondents).
With digitisation accelerating in businesses around the world, this edition of the Global Barometer survey included questions on the state of digital activity for the second time. The results of this edition indicate that the “Digitisation Implementation Index” (DIX) towards a “full digitisation” is now at 32 globally, up slightly (+1) from last year’s inaugural research. Sixty-four percent of survey participants reported that they have added digital services/products (like apps, digital advertising, digital signage) around existing exhibitions and 54% stated that they have changed internal processes and workflows to be more digital. Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. are identified as the exhibition markets who are currently most active in the digital transformation process, with respective DIX scores of 46, 44 and 42.
The 21st Global Barometer Survey, conducted in June 2018, provides insights given by 312 companies from 55 countries. It was conducted in collaboration with 12 UFI Associations Members: AAXO (The Association of African Exhibition Organizers) and EXSA (Exhibition and Events Association of Southern Africa) in South Africa, AEO (Association of Event Organisers) in the UK, AFIDA (Asociación Internacional de Ferias de América) for Central and South America, AMPROFEC (Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales de Ferias y Exposiciones y Convenciones) in Mexico, EEAA (The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia) in Australia, IECA (Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association) in Indonesia, IEIA (Indian Exhibition Industry Association) in India, MFTA (Macau Fair Trade Association) in Macau, SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers) in the USA, TEA (Thai Exhibition Association) in Thailand and UBRAFE (União Brasileira dos Promotores Feiras) in Brazil. In line with UFI’s objective to provide vital data and best practices to the entire exhibition industry, the full results can be downloaded at www.ufi.org/research.
The next UFI Global Barometer Survey will be conducted in December 2018.
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