easyFairs® MAINTEC

easyFairs® has reported a 10 per cent increase in visitor numbers to easyFairs® MAINTEC 2008 following this year’s event at the NEC – and announced landmark plans to take the expo forward in 2009.


The event – which attracted 150 exhibitors and 1,873 people from March 11-13 – has acted as a hotbed for innovation in the fields of condition monitoring and hazard prediction technology for more than three decades.


And easyFairs® plan to extend MAINTEC’s reach and appeal in 2009, whilst remaining faithful to traditions that have been the show’s cornerstone since 1975.


Next year’s event – scheduled for March 18-19 – is set to feature a wider range of plant and factory equipment, introduce industrial premises and facilities maintenance, and address environmental issues of specific interest to MAINTEC visitors.


easyFairs® is especially keen to expand the show’s ‘green’ credentials by showcasing relevant eco-technologies, energy efficient products, energy monitoring instruments, and factory health and safety developments.


Peter Heath, Managing Director of easyFairs® UK Ltd, said:  “Our research indicates that today’s maintenance professionals often wear more than one hat. As organisations slim down their headcounts, these professionals carry heavier burdens and need to find a broader range of reliable, innovative suppliers of technology and outsource services. We need to move with the times to ensure the show concept remains compelling for MAINTEC’s visitor audience. This move will create an even better event for senior and operational decision makers.


“The focus for easyFairs® Maintec 2009 will still be principally on condition monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies – and we feel embracing other related businesses will enable exhibitors to reach a much broader cross-section of relevant professionals.”


easyFairs® commitment, investment and understanding of the maintenance market is evident in its portfolio of events across Europe, many of which take place in the Continent’s industry heartlands.


They include next month’s (9-10 April) easyFairs® EUROMAINTENANCE expo in Brussels – a highly prestigious event which runs alongside a key conference of the same name – easyFairs® INSTANDHALTUNG OST (26-28 June) in Chemnitz, Germany, and other maintenance shows in Lyon, Zurich and Dortmund.


“easyFairs® has many years’ experience in delivering effective, fascinating trade shows,” added Mr Heath. “easyFairs® Maintec 2008 has been a great success; a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in visitor numbers is very creditable given the testing economic climate. I’m extremely excited about the future of easyFairs® Maintec and am confident the show will continue to go from strength to strength.”


SOLID partnership


For the first time, easyFairs® Maintec was co-hosted alongside easyFairs® SOLIDS, the UK’s only show dedicated to the solids processing, handling and storage sector.


One visitor, Doug Ovenden from NDO Consultants, said: “The co-hosting made perfect sense because there’s a lot of synergy between exhibitors…and the new section dedicated to environmental aspects is a great asset as products helping factories adhere to ‘green’ legislation are going to become increasingly important.”


Another, Mark Weaver from electrical engineers Quartzelec – formerly Cegelec Ltd – was impressed with the programme of educational seminars. He added: “There was a real wealth of knowledge and experience at the seminars – normally you’d expect to pay to access such expert advice so these free debates are a show highlight for me.”


Exhibitors were equally impressed with the shows.


PCB Piezotronics Ltd was a second-time exhibitor at easyFairs® MAINTEC. MD Graham Turgoose, said: “We came to showcase our sensors and instrumentation for industrial process monitoring. There were lots of visitors from big name companies on our target list present here. easyFairs® MAINTEC is the best show at which we have exhibited in the United Kingdom.”


Orthos Engineering, a UK-based supplier and technical consultant for European and American process equipment, used easyFairs® SOLIDS to promote three of its principal product lines: Firefly, a leading dust explosion protection system for process industries, Allgaier vibratory screens and Lindor drum blenders.


Director Keith Scott was enthusiastic about the return on investment. “We have already booked four stands for 2010 on the basis of the business we’ve done over the past two days. This show has replaced the old Solidex in our opinion. We really do need a dedicated bulk solids event in the United Kingdom and this is it – PPMA just doesn’t deliver the goods, I’m sorry to say.”


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