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April 4, 2008
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ETF acquires nine exhibitions




One of Australia’s major exhibition organisers has snapped up a number of trade shows in a pre-Christmas buying spree that reveals its not only in the UK that events are proving to be key mergers and acquisition targets.

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) has announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire nine trade exhibitions in Australia and the UK, expanding its exhibitions services.

The acquisitions are:
– RSVP Exhibition (events industry exhibition), including four annual events in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Manchester (50% acquisition only)
– Matex Exhibition (materials handling exhibition), consisting of one annual event in Sydney
– Landscape Expo & Conference (landscape industry exhibition), consisting of three annual events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
– Australian Events Expo (events industry exhibition), consisting of one annual event in Sydney

Matthew Walton General Manager of ETF said that it would be business as usual for exhibitors, venues and key suppliers of the newly acquired exhibitions.

"The acquisition of the exhibitions is integral to ETF’s growth strategy,” he said. “The exhibitions we have acquired are leaders in their respective industry and we look forward to further developing and promoting them to increase visitor and exhibitor participation."

The acquisitions bring to 26 the number of trade shows and consumer exhibitions under ETF management. Others include The Australian International Motorshow, The Australian Motorcycle Expos (Melbourne, Brisbane), AUSPACK and the National Tradesman’s Expos. ETF has also been re-appointed to manage the prestigious Liquefied Natural Gas exhibition in Algiers in 2010.


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