The organizers of the Recycling and Waste Management (RWM) exhibition and Futuresource have signed an agreement to combine the two United Kingdom exhibitions into one new event starting in 2011.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the organizers of Futuresource, and Emap, the organizers of RWM, say in a news release that they “have been listening to market feedback and are responding to customer views that the U.K. recycling and waste management market needs one major exhibition.”
The news release states, “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 (National Exhibition Center) in Birmingham September 13-15, 2011.
Futuresource 2011 will not take place in June and exhibitors will be invited to transfer their space to the new combined event. Details of the transfer plan will be made available soon.
Commenting on the merger, CIWM Chief Executive Steve Lee says, “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, comments, “We are delighted to be joining forces with CIWM, the leading body that represents the professional interests of the waste and resource management sector. 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.”
Speaking for ESA, its Chairman Ian Goodfellow remarks, “We congratulate both CIWM and Emap in bringing together this new joint exhibition. We believe it will serve the domestic and international needs of this industry well, and we look forwards to giving it our whole-hearted support.”
More information on the September 2011 event in Birmingham will be made available as the event nears at www.emap.com.