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Reed Exhibitions announces new schedule for its industrial trade events

Toronto, ON -- Dec. 24, 2002 -- To better reflect market conditions and buying cycles, Reed Exhibitions has made so...


December 24, 2002
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Dec. 24, 2002 — To better reflect market conditions and buying cycles, Reed Exhibitions has made some changes to the scheduling of its industrial trade event portfolio.

“Industry research and feedback from show exhibitors and attendees made it clear that shifts in the scheduling of several of our events were required to better meet the needs of the industry. We believe that these changes will benefit our customers and the industry as a whole,” says John Lewinski, president of Reed Exhibitions. “With this new streamlined show schedule, Reed Exhibitions will continue to deliver the industry’s key meeting places in all of our markets.”

Toronto Shows

The Canadian Fabricating & Stamping Machinery Show (CFSM), Weld Expo Canada, and Finishing Expo Canada, which were held recently at the National Trade Centre in Toronto, will be repositioned to run alongside other events.


CFSM will be integrated into The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2003 (CMTS), as part of an expanded metal forming section. While CFSM was a great free-standing event, it ran into scheduling conflicts with other major industry shows, such as Blech in Germany, and IMTS and Fabtech in the USA. A significant portion of marketing efforts for CMTS will now be dedicated to promoting the show’s metal forming section.

In addition to the expanded metal forming section, CMTS — which incorporates the Canadian Machine Tool Show and National Factory Automation Show — will also feature a new Measurement Technology section. “We feel strongly that the concept of bringing all facets of metalworking under one roof every two years is best for the market and the industry, and will ultimately deliver more buyers to our exhibitors,” says Lewinski.

Furthermore, beginning in 2004, Weld Expo Canada and Finishing Expo Canada will be held with Canadian Manufacturing Week at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ont. The co-location of these events at the same facility will create Canada’s most comprehensive manufacturing event. The synergy created by this new format is expected to draw more visitors and create more attendee traffic crossover between the shows.


The Montreal Fabricating and Machine Tool Show/National Factory Automation Show and the Plant Maintenance and Design Engineering Show/Weld Quebec will continue to run in alternate years at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure.

Regional Shows

The London Industrial Technology Show previously scheduled for 2003 has been postponed. This will create a better opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to participate in CMTS 2003, which is held in the same time period and attracts many of the same exhibitors and buyer audience. The Southwestern Ontario marketplace was served this year by the Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show will take place again in Kitchener in 2004. The future scheduling of the London show will be determined later in 2003.

Research is also currently being conducted to determine an optimal date and location to hold the next Atlantic Industrial Exhibition (AIE), which had been alternating annually between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick. The 2003 Moncton, N.B., show has been postponed until a consensus on the most suitable format for AIE is reached. Show management, exhibitors and attendees agree that holding a bigger and more comprehensive show less frequently will best serve the East Coast marketplace.

Western Canada will continue to be served by the Western Manufacturing Technology Show, with the Alberta edition being held in Edmonton in June 2003. The British Columbia edition, in Abbotsford, is scheduled for April 2004.

For the complete schedule of Reed Exhibitions events, please see the attached calendar. Detailed show information can also be found on the individual show websites, all of which are accessible by going to

Reed Exhibitions Canada is the country’s leading producer of manufacturing events. Reed Canada’s portfolio of over 20 shows — from market-specific regional trade shows to the largest manufacturing events in the country — are each created to fill a unique need in the marketplace and backed by over 25 years of experience in the Canadian trade show market. Each year, Reed Canada brings together more than 100,000 buyers and sellers through trade events across Canada.

Reed Exhibitions’ events are held in 32 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific, and are organized by a network of offices and agents in 46 countries. Reed Exhibition’s portfolio of over 450 events serves 49 industries in 12 key sectors. Events organized by Reed Exhibitions bring together some 156,000 suppliers and over 9 million buyers from around the world annually.