Futuresource and RWM merge into one trade show

Written by: Recycling Waste World | Published:

From 2011, the two exhibitions will be combined into one new event

The organisers of the Recycling and Waste Management (RWM) exhibition and Futuresource have signed an agreement to combine the two exhibitions into one new event from 2011.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the organisers of Futuresource, and Emap, the organisers of RWM, said they have been “listening to market feedback and are responding to customer views that the UK recycling and waste management market needs one major exhibition.

"It is the view of all parties that by working in partnership and combining the two exhibitions, a truly outstanding event can be delivered that meets the needs of a rapidly growing sector and is able to compete internationally.”

The first combined event will take place at the NEC on 13-15 September 2011.

Futuresource 2011 will not take place at ExCeL in June and the show organisers said that exhibitors will be invited to transfer their space to the new combined event.

According to the organisers, details of the transfer plan will be made available to all Futuresource customers in early January.

The joint team said it will then “talk directly to every customer and a series of road shows will be organised for the spring”.

Looking ahead, CIWM said it will play an “integral role in influencing the shape, content and direction of the event through the joint event advisory board. It will also have a high profile presence at the show and will make a significant contribution to the marketing and promotion in 2011 and beyond”.

To some people in the industry, the news has come as no surprise.

Alan Bowman, show coordinator at PAWRS (Plant & Waste Recycling Show) told RWW that: “At a meeting in 2010 RWM And CIWM were both told they should have a joint show so it’s nice to see that common sense has finally prevailed. Excel is a dead duck as a venue. This means that PAWRS is now the largest outdoors show in the recycling industry and is sited on the lovely English Riviera. We wish the new venture all the best and we look forward to seeing everyone at PAWRS in June and to visiting the NEC in September.”

Matt Bourne, business manager at Husmann UK, greeted the news of the merger with enthusiasm.

“It’s great news. Birmingham’s NEC is the perfect place for exhibitions as motorway access and public transport connections to the venue are excellent. Everyone is going to be able to capitalise on this. When the CIWM show was based in London, it was a nightmare to get to. There is another important advantage in merging the two shows. With all these different events, you end up with a splintered industry. Keep it central and you minimise the amount of exhibitions. From an exhibitor’s point of view it also means that the visitor numbers will be up at the one event.”

Commenting on the merger of the two events, CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “As the industry’s professional body, CIWM’s aim has always been to deliver a premier event for our sector and we believe we have reached an arrangement that will satisfy the needs of our customers and CIWM members.

"We plan to be very involved in the future of the joint exhibition and look forward to working with Emap to deliver a world class event.”

Malcolm Gough, CEO of Emap Connect stated: “We have felt for a long time that the best solution for everyone would be a single show that effectively combines our skills and resources. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the entire industry to the NEC for what will be a fantastic 2011 event and working with the industry in the future to further develop the exhibition in line with market needs.”

Speaking for ESA, its chairman Ian Goodfellow added: "We believe this new joint exhibition will serve the domestic and international needs of this industry well and we look forwards to giving it our whole-hearted support."

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