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Exhibition activity in 2011 begins in March

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The season of international exhibitions and conferences organised by Iteca Caspian in Azerbaijan will begin in March of this year. All the exhibitions are officially supported by government bodies of Azerbaijan. The importance of the exhibitions and the attention given to them by the country’s leadership are demonstrated by the fact that, for several years, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited a number of the exhibitions. The international status of the events is reinforced by membership of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), which each year audits the exhibition statistics, after which UFI Approved Event’s status is awarded. Iteca Caspianâ’s major trade exhibitions are supported by international organisations. The success of the exhibitions in Azerbaijan is also the result of close cooperation between the international offices of ITE Group plc, which attract national groups and international exhibitors to participate in exhibitions in Azerbaijan. The network of offices includes Iteca Caspian LLC (Azerbaijan), ITE LLC Moscow (Russia), EUF (Turkey), GiMA (Germany), ITE China and ITE Gulf (UAE).

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Twenty-four exhibitions are planned for 2011, five of which are new events in the company’s portfolio. All the exhibitions will be held in Baku Expo Center. The new projects are: Plastex Caspian, the 1st Caspian International Plastics and Rubber Exhibition; IFFF Caspian, the 1st Caspian International Fast Food Fair; Caspian Power, the 1st Caspian International Power and Alternative Energy Exhibition; Road & Traffic, the 1st Caspian International Road Infrastructure and Public Transport Exhibition; and SportExpo, the 1st Azerbaijan International Sport, Sports Equipment and Wear Exhibition. Other conferences that will be in the calendar of events are: Caspian: Technologies for the Environment (CTE), the International Exhibition and Conference for Environmental Protection. The exhibition and conference, the organisation of which has been requested by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, will address the subject of using green technologies in improving the environment and adopting the experience of other countries in this field. In addition, the conference will consider current issues in solid waste management, protecting the atmosphere and water supplies, and using alternative energy and other new technologies in protecting the environment of the Caspian region.

Among the other annual trade shows in March are AutoShow Azerbaijan, the 7th Azerbaijan International Automotive Exhibition, and AutoParts Azerbaijan, the 4th Azerbaijan International Spare Parts, Accessories and Service Equipment Exhibition. From 16-19, the exhibition stands will present leading automotive brands. AITF, the Azerbaijan International Travel and Tourism Fair, will be held on 28-30 April and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary. Then, on 10-12 May, Baku Expo Center will open its doors to the participants of the exhibition and conference on environmental protection, CTE. From 25 to 27 May, the exhibition centre will host several projects: World Food Azerbaijan, Plastex Caspian, HOREX and IFFF Caspian. A major event for Azerbaijan, which each year attracts the attention of the international community, is the Caspian Oil & Gas exhibition and conference on 7-10 June. The first Caspian Power exhibition will be held at the same time and will cover the important issue of power and alternative energy. The first half of the exhibition season will end in early summer, on 16-18 June, with the TransCaspian exhibition and the new project Road & Traffic, which will present the latest advances in road construction, and introduce information technology in traffic management and new modes of urban transport.

The second half of the exhibition season will begin in September with the traditional shows BIHE, Stomatology Azerbaijan, Beauty Azerbaijan, Education and Career, BakuBuild, Caspian MebelExpo, CaspianRealty, Aqua-Therm Baku, CIPS, BakuTel, and the new event SportExpo.

The 2011 exhibition season will see a number of innovations. This year, for the convenience of visitors, an electronic registration system will be launched. A special code for visiting the exhibition will be displayed on the invitation ticket. Much attention continues to be given to new products and services at the exhibitions, which can easily be found in the Innovations Zone catalogue and at the exhibition on the stands displaying the Innovations Zone sign. During the exhibitions news from the exhibition and from the exhibiting companies will be posted on the official website. For those wishing to visit the exhibition, there will be free shuttle buses.

The organisers hope that the international exhibitions in Azerbaijan will not only be a place to demonstrate achievements in different industries, but also a centre for sharing information, forming ideas and signing contracts.

Despite the development of various forms of online business, specialised exhibitions remain the most effective advertising tool and the shortest route from the manufacturer to the market. International statistics show that for most companies 40% of their sales come from exhibitions. Already, the projected growth of exhibitions in Azerbaijan in 2011 is over 20%. The next season of exhibitions will, therefore, provide an opportunity for professionals and specialists across all industries to find new business areas and reliable partners, and attract new companies to the Caspian region. The favourable climate for business development, high level of organisation of the exhibitions and conferences, and modern, international standard exhibition centre will help strengthen Azerbaijan’s position as the centre of the exhibition business in the Caspian and Caucasus regions.

Home Décor Exhibition Shenzhen Hometex + Wall & Décor Expo fostered the best in Furnishing Fabrics

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Spur with Sufficient Accumulation; Leverage with Advantageous Situation
Home Décor Exhibition Shenzhen Hometex + Wall & Décor is fostered to be the No.1 Furnishing Fabrics Exhibition in China

Having an evolvement of 15 years, the 2011 Spring Shenzhen Hometex Fair is scheduled to be held from 7 to 10 in March, 2011 at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. To gear itself up to the trend of Integrated Home Furnishing, Interhometex was renamed to Home Décor Exhibition. The exhibiting product groups are extended, and the size of the exhibition is soared up to 90,000 sq.m.s. Tens of thousands of buyers, insiders and designers invited flock to attend this gala party of the Chinese home furnishing industry.

Taps the Potential Demand for Home Furnishing

Shenzhen Hometex fair originally focused on curtains and decorative fabrics. Having observed the market trend, the organizing committee, beginning from March 2011, changes the exhibition name to Home Décor Exhibition Shenzhen Hometex + Wall & Décor. Home Décor Exhibition is the first exhibition that specializes in home furnishing and aims to become the foremost in China, which will satisfy the needs of massive consumers and create enormous business opportunity for exhibitors, buyers, and people from the interior design and decoration discipline.

Integrate Home Furnishing Industry Resource

Home Décor Exhibition is privileged to be offered support by home textiles association, wall paper association, home decoration associations all over the nation. Home Décor Exhibition originates the integration of home furnishing relevant industries, facilitating the perfect match between fabrics and wall paper and between furniture and ornaments, which will induce renovation and innovation of design, R&D, production and distribution of these industries and on another hand provides consumers a one-stop sourcing solution.

Lead Home Furnishing Fashion Consumption

With the mission to “breed hometex brand, lead fashion consumption”, Home Décor Exhibition has been the biggest high-end exhibition for decorative fabrics in China, the symbol of decorative fabrics fashion in China. Home Décor Exhibition 2011 Spring has added more connotation to this mission that is to lead home furnishing fashion. Home Décor Exhibition 2011 Spring is gratified by the participation of each single leading brand exhibitor. The conglomeration of these leading brands enables Home Décor Exhibition to live up to this new mission.

Stimulate Home Furnishing “Creation in China

Home Décor Exhibition 2011 Spring will offer participants such wonderful activities as National Home Furnishing Design Contest, National Art College Design Contest, New Products Appraisal, Exhibiting Stand Appraisal, Designers Salon, Designers Lecture, Forums and Seminars, Fashion Presentation, Awarded Works Presentation and Industry Networking Party. These activities are examination for the Chinese home furnishing industry in one year which also serves as reference for future development.

Home Décor Exhibition has established sound IPR mechanism. The on-site IPR panel composed by provincial and municipal copy right bureaus, copy right associations all over the country and licensed lawyers’ firms provides potent copy-right laws execution and supervision on-site. Home Décor Exhibition 2011 Spring is the “Experimental Unit of Trade Fair IPR in Guangdong Province”, being one of the five exhibitions that obtains this honorable title among numerous exhibitions in Guangdong Province.

Home Décor Exhibition Shenzhen Hometex + Wall & Décor 2011 Spring is the impellent momentum and optimum platform for home furnishing “Created in China”.

Expo Summit 2010: Nothing Get Bigger Than This

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Expo Summit 2010 is all set to scale new heights this year around. After receiving an overwhelming response and 224 participants last year, Expo Summit 2010 is back with a bang. Scheduled to be held from June 4-5 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi, this two- day conference intends to bring in more representation of the International stakeholders from the world exhibition fraternity. The highlight of the event is its encouraging number of participants. We are pleased to reveal that more than 300 participants ranging from exhibition organizers, booth fabricators, logistics companies and service providers from across the globe would be present at the Expo Summit 2010. What is most heartening is the fact that international associations from world over have expressed their keenness to be associated with this high profile event. Expo Summit 2010 is perhaps the only medium through which service providers are able to tap the entire Indian Exhibition Industry extensively that is growing at a very encouraging rate.

Undoubtedly, India holds a commanding position in the list of big and influential international organisers across the world. However, there are quite a few issues that need to be addressed in order to make India the next launch pad for Asia. While, the exhibition trade, globally had advanced to a larger extent, India continues to deal with issues related to stiff government policies and inappropriate venues. In order to ensure that India is indeed the potential hub of exhibitions across the world, it’s very important to adopt a unified stand over various issues of concern and match up the difference that the West has laid for us.

With Expo Summit’ 09, a foundation stone was laid for the Indian Exhibition Industry to build a strong ground that is recognised as an industry. The need to take a forward step in unifying the entire sector and to adopt a unified stand before the policy makers was felt. When Expo Summit’ 09 was taking shape, the industry felt that it would represent its strength and challenges before the policy makers sitting on the other side of the table. However, by the end of the summit, all the industry stake holders, including the policy makers and autonomous bodies came to the consensus that none of them were actually on the other side. Rather, they all were a part of a unique cycle and agreed to adopt a collective approach in the right direction to maintain the graph of augmentation, moving upwards! It was very heartening to witness the formal ‘discussion’ being transformed into a healthy ‘dialogue’! The challenge before Expo Summit, 2010 now is to start the second chapter of this dialogue!

Expo Summit 2010 will reinstate its objective to provide the required platform to the exhibition fraternity to stand together. To strengthen this pledge, Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) has also extended its unconditional support to the event. “The Indian exhibition industry has surely benefitted from the platform of Expo Summit being offered by Manch Communications. The association finds a definite synergy with the objective behind this event and will extend all possible support to the organizers to make it a grand success� says Anil Arora, Hon’ Secretary, IEIA.

“We have started promoting the event in all possible ways to attract more international speakers and organizers who are eyeing on India to enter and set up their shops. We got an excellent response at UFI Asia Open seminar at Taipei with confirmations from industry stalwarts like Paul Woodward, Michael Duck and Mark Cochrane to speak at the summit. We would also attend UFI Middle East Open Seminar in Bahrain later this month to attract more delegates from that part of the world. We are committed to deliver a prolific experience to all Indian delegates in the summit� says Anuj Mathur, Director, Manch Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Since its formal launch, Expo Summit, 2010 is drawing overwhelming response from various segments of exhibition industry. Some of the international organizations have begun to show keen interest in the event and have also expressed their willingness to be part of it! Litmus Meroform and RE Rogers India have extended their support in the capacity of Foundation Partners of the event. Roder HTS Hocker, the world leader in the tensile structures and Siddhartha Logistics, the new age logistics solution provider have come forward in the support of the event as Associate Sponsors. The event is well promoted by several online and print media covering the trade.,, Events Venues and Avenues are contributing towards the event’s promotional activities.

“We invite all industry stakeholders to come and attend the two day conference and go back with a motivational approach towards their businesses. Indian companies will surely get a chance to boost their business by venturing with their international counterparts� concluded Anuj Mathur.

4 conferences at the world’s largest survivability event of the year

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

No matter what your platform or area of expertise, the challenge remains the same – evade detection, avoid engagement and survive the hit. Attendees now have the opportunity to come together to discuss the latest challenges they face within the increasingly demanding operational environment at the Platform Survivability conference and expo in Germany from 12-14 October.

Mobile and intelligent enemies operating within the complex counter-insurgent environment are still providing a huge array of challenges to those individuals operating platforms in-theatre. The threat to combat vehicles, their crews and to the mounted soldier continues to diversify and current operations in Afghanistan are a recent and constant reminder of this. There is also the increased threat emerging against maritime and aerial platforms as well as the crews and service personnel who support them.

Says Platform Survivability conference director, Robert Kerby: “Platform Survivability 2010 takes a unique approach in offering four unique and leading platform specific conferences within one event. This will allow delegates to meet with individuals from across the field of survivability whilst being able to attend a conference specific to their area of expertise and operating environment”.

These specific conferences will include:

Vehicle Survivability – Defeating the threat and keeping one step ahead
Now in its third year, the Vehicle Survivability conference enables you to discuss the very latest threats to vehicles and their crews in current operational theatres and what latest technologies, equipment and doctrine is available to keep one step ahead of the threat.

Soldier Survivability – Developing effective equipment and training to fight and survive
Whether in the mounted or dismounted role, the protection of our service personnel when in combat theatres continues to be a primary objective. This conference focuses on the ability to provide the latest solutions to the warfighter that are lighter, more durable and above all, affordable.

Aircraft Survivability – Enhancing survivability in modern combat theatres
As the threat to fixed-wing, helicopters and unmanned systems continues to grow in current operational theatres this conference will analyse both the susceptibility and vulnerability of all aerial platforms. There will be specific analysis on helicopter survivability in the difficult terrain of Afghanistan and the continued development of unmanned vehicle protection systems.

Ship Survivability – Breaking the kill chain and maximising damage control
The rise in terrorist threats against maritime platforms and the greater emphasis on the littoral environment is causing specific survivability challenges. This conference will look at how to break the ‘kill chain’ early involving the effective design, development and signature management of current and future ships as well as efficient training of crews and upgrading of sensors to increase recoverability of on-board systems and the platform.

Whatever your platform or area of expertise

Whether it is the latest advancements in situational awareness or an analysis on the physical defeat of the threat then this is the world’s largest event to network and discuss the latest developments in the field of survivability with an emphasis on:

Keeping service personnel safe through innovative solutions
Real operational insights from current operations
Outstanding networking opportunities

Platform Survivability 2010 is the only event of the year where all major nations and organisations from across the globe involved with survivability will come together under one roof.

The event website:

For media enquiries and press passes contact:
Marketing Manager: Verity Gibbons
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7067 1840

Mobile money technology gurus gather in Nairobi in May

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Mobile money pioneers of global mobile giants such as Safaricom, Zain, MTN, Orange and Orascom will share their vision and success stories at the Mobile Money Transfer Africa conference and expo in Nairobi, Kenya from 4-7 May. The leading mobile money event on the continent will also offer delegates the unique opportunity to hear from payments experts at the central banks of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Mozambique.

MMT Africa is an annual showcase for the most successful mobile money services from the region’s pioneering operators and financial institutions. Conference highlights include:

- Establishing partnerships to create a joined up and far reaching payments infrastructure
Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom
- How mobile money crosses borders
George Held, Group Marketing Director, Products and Innovation, Zain
- How mobile money experiences differ between East and West Africa
Bruno Akpaka, General Manager, Mobile Money, MTN Ghana
Richard Mwami, Head Public Access and Mobile Money, MTN Uganda
- The West African experience differences between launching mobile money in a competitive market compared with markets where you have first mover advantage
Nicolas Levi, Orange Money Director, Orange Money
- How customers really use mobile money in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania
Brian Richardson, CEO, WIZZIT
- Developing the African regulatory environment for Mobile Money Technology an audience with the central banks
The panel includes the heads of payments systems at the central banks of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Mozambique.
- Banks as agents extending financial services to the unbanked
Kevin Kihara, Relationship Manager, Family Bank
Len Pienaar, CEO mCommerce, FNB
Paolo Zambonini, Group Head of Innovation and Special Projects, ABSA Bank

Says MMT Africa conference director Steve Clarke: “Kenya is undoubtedly the epi-centre of mobile money technology and practice at this stage. Not only has it changed the lives of millions of Kenyans, but global mobile money practitioners are coming here to learn. The success stories and case studies that will be shared at MMT Africa are testimony to this.”

The event website:

For media enquiries, accreditation and speaker interviews contact:
Communications Manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Phone: +27 (0) 21 700-3500 EXT: 3558
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 562 7844

Event location: Safari Park Hotel –

Expo Summit 2010: All new approach and very familiar soul make a perfect blend

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

After the striking start at Expo Summit’ 09, the premier Indian Exhibition Industry event is all set to conquer with its 2nd edition! Expo Summit, 2010, 2nd International Conference on Exhibition Industry in India is scheduled on 4-5 June at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi.

The second edition will carry the legacy of grand success that was set by Expo Summit’ 09, which attracted over 200 delegates from India and abroad. The flagship event set a tradition of bringing all the stake holders of exhibition Industry including national and international exhibition organizers, venue owners, service providers, autonomous and government bodies under one roof. Expo Summit, 2010 is eyeing upon brining larger volume of industry insiders at the event to discuss challenges and means to overcome them. 

Expo Summit, 2010 has received strong support from Indian Exhibition Industry Association IEIA. Other international associations like UFI and AUMA are also showing keen interest to join their Indian counterparts at the event.

The Event comes with the theme of Applying effective strategies to build sustainable and profitable exhibition business. The Conference will thrive for the best practices trends and futuristic solutions for consistent growth of entire sector. It will focus upon the potential of the Indian exhibition sector to go international in true sense and will also discuss the growth inhibitors of the sector. The forum will see the opportunities if India could become the exhibition hub of South Asia! Topics like significance of direct marketing in the digital marketing era, pricing strategies in the sector and developing exhibitions as the most potent experiential marketing tool and some other contemporary topics will be discussed at length by the experienced speakers from all across the globe, bringing the international advantage to the industry.  

“We are looking forward to have more than 300 delegates from national and international arena at the Summit. As entire industry was enthralled with the first Expo Summit, we are confident of the greater support from the sector this time!” said Anuj Mathur, Director, Manch Communications Pvt Ltd, the organizer.

12th Small Fuel Cells – Portable & Micro Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications

Friday, February 12th, 2010

BOSTON, MA – The Knowledge Foundation has announced the complete Program for the 12th Small Fuel Cells conference which will be held in Cambridge, MA from April 12-13, 2010. In its 12th year, Small Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications is the primary source of information for end users, developers and manufacturers of portable fuel cell powered devices.

This year, Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG, will deliver the opening presentation. SFC Smart Fuel Cell has shipped more than 15,000 commercial products in the past five years, and Dr. Podesser will provide insight into the growing number of commercial and defense applications for fuel cells, including new products and markets as well as other latest developments.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include:
Commercial success of small fuel cells: DMFC, PEM, SOFC, and direct borohydride
Advances in fuel development
Portable fuel cells for military & commercial applications
Micro fuel cells for mobile electronics
Hybrid portable power systems
System integration & balance of plant engineering
Materials challenges and use of materials-by-design approach
Role of nanotechnology & nanomaterials
End-user and OEM perspective on manufacturing & applications
Safety, durability & reliability

Distinguished Faculty
George C. Bandlamudi, PhD, University of Duisburg-Essen
Daniel A. Betts, PhD, EnerFuel
Hyuk Chang, PhD, Samsung Electronics
Horacio R. Corti, PhD, National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina
James C. Cross III, Nuvera Fuel Cells
Tsali Cross, PhD, Neah Power Systems, Inc.
Ravindra Datta, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emory S. De Castro, PhD, BASF Fuel Cell Inc.
Paolo Fracas, Genport Power Solutions
William Gleason, PhD, Montana Tech – The University of Montana
Robert Hahn, PhD, Fraunhofer IZM
Christopher Hebling, PhD, Fraunhofer ISE
Anders Lundblad, PhD, CTO, myFC AB
Audrey Martinent-Beaumont, PhD, CEA – French Atomic Energy Commission
Madeleine Odgaard, IRD Fuel Cells LLC
Peter Podesser, PhD, SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG
Jim Prueitt, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Inc.
Shriram Ramanathan, PhD, Harvard University
Mareike Schneider, PhD, Fraunhofer IKTS
Eugene S. Smotkin, PhD, NuVant Systems and Northeastern University
Andrew P. Wallace, SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
Shijie Wu, PhD, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

About The Knowledge Foundation

The Knowledge Foundation integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the rapidly changing intersection of science and business. Known for providing members of its Technology Commercialization Alliance with direct and unbiased state-of-the-art scientific information, the Knowledge Foundation is uniquely qualified to provide wider exposure for important developments in the emerging fields of alternative energy including fuel cells and lithium ion batteries, nanotechnology, and chemical/biological detection technologies.

The Knowledge Foundation
18 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 232-7400

Media Contact:
David Mello
Director of Marketing
(617) 232-7400 ext. 203

Automation 2010,india’s biggest human face to face networking event

Monday, August 24th, 2009


5th International Exhibition and Conference, September 21th to 24 th, 2010
Hall No 1, 5, Bombay Exhibition Center (NSE), Goregaon (E), Mumbai- India

Automation 2010 will highlight products trends, services and solutions in the field of

Factory & Process Automation
Bus & Wireless Technology
Automation in Machine Tools
Instrumentation & Controls Systems
Building & Drives Automation
Hydraulics & Pneumatics

The Automation 2010will be held in Hall1, Hall5, with a gross display area of 50,000 sq meters.

Automation 2010 is organized by IED Communications Ltd headed by Mr. M. Arokiaswamy, Managing Director ,the Editor and Publisher of the leading industrial publication titled Industrial Automation.
Automation 2010, the trade show showcases new innovations & solutions for vast industry segment comprising of Refining, Petrochemicals, chemicals, Polyester, Power, Life sciences, Food & Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas businesses, Steel and Mining and other process industries, Terminal automation, Tank farm automation, Retail outlet automation.

Automation 2010 is the biggest Technological show of the era. An event of this Magnitude NEVER ever held in India so far. More than 1400 companies will be participating, mainly in Hall no 1 ,80% of the Booking has been done for hall no 1 .

A trade fair like AUTOMATION 2010, with its high proportion of International Exhibitors and visitors, is ideal for getting to know and evaluating the competition in the Industry. The users of Instrumentation and Automation from all over India will see the latest technologies available.

There is certainly no lack of exciting ideas and concepts just when and how these concepts are implemented in market-ready solutions will be another interesting aspect to find out about at AUTOMATION 2010
Visitor Profile
Presidents, Managing Director and CEOs,
Plant Managers, R&D, Project Design Engineers.
Manufacturers, Dealers, Consultants, Contractors, Business Managers, Purchase Managers, Decision-Makers from the BARC, Railways, Defence, Telecommunications, Power
Fertilizers, Chemicals & Petro-Chemicals, Refineries, Cement Plants
Associations & Institution related to the Industry
Overseas buyers to same Indian products for contract manufacturing

Supported By: The event is supported by trade associations from India, Singapore, Malaysia, and by Dynamic Board of Governors.

Dynamic Team of Board of Governors chaired by Mr. B. R. Mehta, Sr. Vice President, Reliance Industries Ltd and others

Automation Technology Conference: Industrial Automation hosts a three-day technical conference at Automation 2010. This technical conference provides quality education to professionals and provides business an unparalleled opportunity to maximize their productivity and ensure their long-term growth. World-class speakers from US, UK, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Brazil and other countries are presenting papers on Automation Technology.

Our past performance: IED Communications Ltd is not new to field of events. Automation 2010 will be the 5th International Exbhition and Conference event being organized by us. We started our first event in 2002 kindly see the table below

Achievements Exhibitors Area (Sq.Mtr.) Business Visitors
Automation 2002 147 3270 15950
Automation 2004 257 9500 20465
Automation 2006 502 18000 34901
Automation 2008 618 40000 40611
Automation 2010 1500 50000 75000 Expected

For Press Contact of Automation 2010
Contact: Ms Beni, 9867223530; Email:

BECA’s robust Q1 performance demonstrates event marketing can carry brands through the storm

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Manama, 27th April 2009 — Just as in football, where an interception can change a game’s momentum, three international business-to-business events held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) during the first quarter of 2009 achieved their best performance ever, raising the game for professional exhibition and conference organizers in the region.

All three events were held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Bahrain. MEFTEC, the world’s leading dedicated financial technology event, opened its fifth annual edition in the country to a sell-out audience whilst the delegate and exhibitor attendance at the 16th Middle East Oil & Gas Show & Conference (MEOS), Bahrain’s premier petroleum event for 2009, was up 30 per cent on MEOS 2007.

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, visited MEACO 2009 and met with the Senior Management of BECA.

 Delegate attendance at the 10th International Congress of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) in Bahrain was the highest-ever for MEACO and exceeded its delegate numbers at its Dubai Congress in 2007. MEACO 2009 was the first-ever international Medical Association Congress won by Bahrain with more than 2,000 high spending medical professionals and over 500 international speakers visiting the destination.

 Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), the country’s largest, interconnected and most flexible trade show and convention facility is managed by Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA). BECA functions under the Industry and Commerce Ministry with His Excellency Dr. Hassan A. Fakhro, Minister of Industry & Commerce as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 Face-to-face interaction

 One+, the official publication of Texas-based Meeting Professionals International (MPI), reports in its March/April 2009 issue that one of the top reasons executives say event marketing is so effective is because it brings customers and companies face-to-face. And that, in turn, helps foster relationships more effectively than any other form of interaction.

 According to preliminary findings from the EventView 2009 survey published by the MPI Foundation, Event Marketing Institute and marketing firm, George P. Johnson (GPJ), the numbers concur. Forty-four per cent said that event marketing is the marketing discipline  that best accelerates and deepens relationships, trailed by a wide margin by public relations at 23 per cent.

 EventView is the longest-running study of the event marketing industry and has been annually published since 2002. Respondents primarily consist of top-ranking marketingexecutives at companies in Western Europe and Asia with Euros 200 million to Euros 4 billion in revenue. Everything from trade and road shows to sponsored concerts to intimate client meetings are classified as events in the survey.

 Buoyed by encouraging policy measures including economic stimulus plans recently announced by governments in the Gulf in response to the challenges of the global credit crunch, Bahrain’s MICE industry is weathering the storm with a robust performance in the first quarter of 2009.

 It landed the World Academy for Laser Applications WALA-Laser2009 Universal Conference & Exhibition with Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Symposium account. Commencing 19th to 21st October 2009 at the BIECC, this three-day international medical event is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates from all over the world particularly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and the GCC countries, of which 120 are speakers from the laser profession including a few Nobel Prize winners. WALA-Laser2009 is supported by the Arab League, GCC, ASLMS and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) and will be attended by business experts from the global arena.

 Prof. Farouk A.H. Al-Watban, BSc, MSc, PhD, Consultant for Laser Medicine, and Laser Technology, President for the World Academy of Laser Applications 2009 (WALA), and past President (2006-2008) of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) says,“This progressive multidisciplinary conference and exhibition is designed to bring an update on new laser, aesthetic and anti-aging technology and products in aver interactive format that will provide unparalleled educational experience.

 Elegant Training, the Bahrain-based organiser of the inaugural medical event, has booked 150 room nights for the speakers. With approximately 200 companies exhibiting, the WALA meeting and exhibition is forecast to generate an economic impact of US$1.37 million for Bahrain.

 BECA also converted a lead for the 21st Congress of the Arab Division of the International Academy of Pathology into a sale. This will run from the 6th till the 8th of December 2009 in BIECC’s Convention Centre.

 BECA’s robust Q1 performance demonstrates event marketing can carry Several other potential new businesses are being explored by BECA, of which three are based in the U.S., two in Germany, one in the UAE and another in Bahrain.

 Icing on the cake

 Winning recognition from three globally-renowned organisers for delivering exceptional customer experiences during the first quarter of 2009 was the icing on the cake for BECA.

 BECA won praises from U.K.-based Media Generation Group plc and PennWell Corporation as well as Saudi-based MEACO for going the extra mile in the delivery of its services during each of the three events that were hosted at between February and March 2009.

 Media Generation Group plc and PennWell Corporation organised MEFTEC 2009 and Power-Gen Middle East 2009, respectively, whilst MEACO is the association behind the region’s largest ophthalmic biennial meeting that attracts eye care professionals and exhibiting companies from the Middle East and Africa, Europe, the Americas, South and Far East Asia and Australia.

This reflects BECA’s commitment to building a culture that places our customers at the heart of everything we do, says Hassan Jaffar Mohamed, Acting CEO of BECA. It demonstrates that customers needs and aspirations genuinely form the basis for the design and delivery of our services.

 In separate letters addressed to the Management of the Authority, the two British organisers praised the quality of the service they have received from Bahrain’s forerunner business tourism organization. MEACO conferred an award on BECA for exemplary service at the inauguration of its five-day International Congress in Bahrain.

 Ms. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Deputy CEO of BECA, received the award from Dr. Ebtisam Al-Alawi, FRCS, MRCOphth, DO and Chairperson MEACO ‘s Organising Committee in Bahrain.

Our goal is to challenge the expectations of people who may have preconceptions about Bahrain by doing everything possible to ensure the country is at the top of the list when it comes to organisations choosing their destinations,â€? says Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Deputy CEO of BECA. Providing exceptional value through customer service does not only work to BECA’s advantage, it also ensures that our stakeholders and the community benefit.

Suppliers are becoming more and more aware of the value of business-to-business events and business-to-consumer exhibitions in these challenging times, says Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen. “They are realising the importance of face-to-face interaction ininstilling confidence in their customers and marketing their company’s products or services in the current economic crisis. Amongst peers, you are more conspicuous by your absence.

 ”In support of its recommendation to diversify and include a strong international associationelement in BECA’s events mix, the Authority earlier this year became a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE is an individual membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing nearly 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the globe, as well as provide products and services to the association community.

ASAE is the key medium to reach buyers from North America, explains Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen. This move complements BECA’s membership in Singapore-based Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA), Brussels-based International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), Paris-headquartered Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), Amsterdam-based International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Chicago-headquartered Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) and Hertfordshire-based Association of Event Venues Limited (AEV).

 Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen also initiated the holding of the Team Bahrain MICE Conference at the BIECC earlier this month with Paul Flackett, Managing Director of IMEX – the biggest MICE conference in the world – as the guest speaker. More than 50 decisionmakers and representatives from Bahrain’s MICE industry including the media attended the first of many events BECA will be organizing with industry stakeholders. More than 30 companies and organizations were represented at the event.

 According to Mr. Flackett who has spent 25 years in the meetings and incentives industry, the MICE industry is robust, “The Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry in the region has survived two Gulf Wars, the Sars outbreak, terrorism and a tsunami, so it will certainly survive the credit crunch.

 Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen says, “The next session will be more interactive working session or round table discussions with a panel of speakers so that we get everyone actively involved.

 Representatives from George P. Johnson (U.K.), the world’s premier experience marketing agency, visited BIECC last month. BECA organized their two-day site inspection of the destination’s meeting facilities and other venues.

 According to Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen, the Authority’s long-term, harmonised alliances with industry stakeholders such as Tourism Affairs, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Gulf Air, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry and others from the leisure and hospitality sectors is valuable. We need their active involvement in order to extend Bahrain’s marketing reach and generate demand for the destination well into the future, she emphasises.

 About Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) :

Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) is the forerunner organization with a mandate to market the Kingdom of Bahrain as a preferred, all year-round business destination and cultivate partnerships with key Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry stakeholders by pursuing market development work in the international business sector. Its MICE, Destination Marketing & PR Department seeks to achieve this mandate by nurturing a healthy business environment for the exhibition, convention, meetings and incentive travel community in partnership with the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIEC), the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Gulf Air, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tourism Affairs and the hospitality and leisure tourism industry.

 Press Contact :

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

 Deputy Chief Executive Officer

 Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA)

 P.: 17558808 | @ :

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Top names in animation convene on fmx/09 in Stuttgart from May 05 through 08

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg, February 2009. The digital community gathers at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. With only 3 months remaining, much of the preparations have been completed and we can say for sure: fmx/09 will be a meeting of the top guns from the industry, with leading executives participating in large numbers.

fmx/conference: chock full of feature appearances

Presentations and series in fmx/conference reflect upon and reveal developments within the world of digital imagery aesthetic, technical, scientific and social. Even a quick glimpse at this year’s line-up promises not just a wealth of insight, vision and inspiration; anyone familiar with the conference’s laid-back atmosphere will also appreciate the ideal networking opportunities presented. Among the prominent managers, creatives and curators this year:

Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros., discusses his work on Watchmen and further projects including 300 and Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix with Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt, appears with colleagues Paul Felix (Art Director), Adolph Lusinsky (Look & Lighting Director) & Robert Neuman (Stereo Lead)

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E

Michael Faust, cg artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir

Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth stood still, Blood Diamond, Last Samurai

Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), curates the intense games focus

Christophe Hary, Research & Development Lead at ILM, curates the newest edition of the Reihe Virtual Humans Forum fmx/09 PM#21

One thematic focus of this year’s event is the increasingly popular and aesthetically expansive 3D stereoscopic technologies. In order to see what’s being talked about in its full glory, presentations in this series will take place in the Metropol cinema only blocks away from the main venue, right next to the Festival of Animated Film.

China presents another thematic emphasis, and host Kevin Geiger exposes the region in Focus on China. Among other highlights: the Beijing Film Academy, the Peking animation and VFX producer Xing Xing Digital Corp., as well as SOFA Studios from Taiwan.

fmx/forum: Industry Get-Together and Recruitment Lounge

Industry knowledge finds the perfect conditions in which to multiply. Both informal encounters and driven discussions take place at fmx/forum. Presentations, demos, company suites and the exhibition fmx/expo allow a comprehensive overview of the most important innovations in hard and software. Those looking to further educate themselves or their colleagues can choose between a multitude of superior workshops, seminars and masterclasses. One of this year’s highlights: the Khronos developer university with its full-day sessions covering across-the-board platforms and animation applications.

Since its inception, fmx/forum has had an eye on coming generations and this year is no different. State-of-the-art practical knowledge and lasting contacts can be had first hand. fmx/talents introduces schools and their students in the School Offerings and the School Campus.

fmx/recruiting is likewise dedicated to bringing talents of all experience together with potential employers. FMX has long become one of the most relevant and successful job exchange platforms for Europe’s digital task force. International corporations such as Disney and Pixar, renowned VFX houses like Digital Negative, Framestore and Animal Logic and games companies such as Crytek lay out their recruitment profiles and seek new talent here at FMX. Particularly good news: despite the difficult economic climate, major players such as Autodesk are cementing their engagement as fmx/09 partners. In the words of Thomas Mueller, Industry Marketing Manager – Media & Entertainment: “For Autodesk the FMX Conference is the most important European event of the Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) Industry and we feel committed to play a central role. Once again we are one of the main sponsors this year so that the community can meet and gain further qualifications. With several key note speeches, MasterClasses and workshops as well as an extensive exhibition booth we give them the opportunity.”

fmx/events: Cooperation is the Key

FMX is very fortunate to enjoy more than just the support of many program partners, but includes manifold events, as is the case with the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the international animation film industry. The APD is hosted by FMX and the Festival of Animated Film, organized by Michael Schmetz MediaConsult. Creatives and financers are brought to the table for concrete discussions and negotiations. In turbulent times such as these, this opportunity is more valuable than ever. So it’s no surprise that this proven venue is expanding to include TV series, games and mobile entertainment in addition to animated feature films.

The MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg continues its long-standing commitment to bringing insight on research and special applications to FMX with the series Visual Computing. The MFG expands on this tradition to include the Best of Eurographics – bringing an overview of this renowned event from the European Association for Computer Graphics.

fmx/09 & ITFS “ Kreativraum Stuttgart

Stuttgart is an animation oasis: FMX and the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) one of the premiere festivals in the world have long been closely coordinated and this year brings a further landmark in mutual cooperation: the ITFS and fmx/09 take place at the same time. Visitors can jump back and forth between venues, grabbing the best of both events. But there’s more: all of Stuttgart comes alive with a full week of events covering everything from animation to music, including the popmusic industry hook-up Pop-Open from May 05 to 09, organized by the Pop-Buero Baden-Wuerttemberg. Much music will be in the air with a conference and countless live-acts, workshops and demo hear-ins.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES – Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. fmx/09 is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden- Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.

fmx/09 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.

More information at
Press Relations:
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie Baden-
Nicola Steller, Mathildenstr. 20, D-71638
Tel. +49 (0) 71 56 – 35 06 16, Mail
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