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PALM Expo Surpasses Previous Years’ Records in Show Size (27/6/2012)
PALM EXPO, China’s largest and most established international exhibition on Pro Audio, Light, Music and Technology, exceeded many expectations, surpassing previous years’ records in show size. The show was successfully held from 24 to 27 May 2012.
Jointly organised by IIR Exhibitions, China Entertainment Technology Association and China Technology Market Management & Promotion Centre, PALM EXPO, the 21st edition of the professional audio, light, music and technology exhibition was held concurrently with INSTALL China, which showcased China’s cutting-edge solutions for audio visual installation and systems integration technologies.
On behalf of the joint organisers, Mr. Peter Rigby, Chief Executive, IIR/Informa Group, in his opening address at the Opening Ceremony, acknowledged and thanked all sponsors and exhibitors, for their invaluable support.
PALM EXPO showcased over 1,700 exhibiting companies and brands from 35 countries, spread over 10 halls covering 110,000 square metres of exhibit space. On display were the latest technologies from DJ equipment, staging and touring equipment and systems, video conferencing, post production products, PA systems, musical instruments and many more. Major brands participating at the show included Audio Technica, Audiotechnik, Avolites, Beyerdynamic, Celestion, Clay Paky, dB Technologies, d&b Audiotechnik, ETC, HIGHEND, JBL, K.M.E., L-Acoustics, MA Lighting, Martin Audio, Meyersound, NEXO, PEAVEY, Philips Lighting, Pioneer, ROBE, Sennheiser, Shure, TOA, Turbosound and Yamaha.
This year, over 2000 qualified local and overseas hosted buyers attended the show under the Hosted Buyers Program. For the first time, the organisers introduced the online business matching program which allowed visitors to preview exhibitors who will be on the show floor and schedule appointments immediately.
“PALM EXPO is a well recognised and organised show that almost all major players in this field cannot miss. It provides us with an excellent platform and brings a large number of high quality visitors, most of whom are potential customers,” commented Mr. David Zhang, General Manager, Honeywell.
“Our presence in the China market has been strong and PALM EXPO has been the key to enhance our product branding and publicity across Asia. We will definitely be back next year,” added Mr. Michael Kinzel, Director Sales & Marketing, Beyerdynamic.
“This year, the orgainsers have invested on the Hosted Buyers Program to bring in more qualified buyers, thereby increasing the number of qualified buyers. We are also delighted to get very positive feedback that the on-line business matching program was very effective and has escalated efficient match making of buyers and sellers, enhancing a more productive time at the event,“ commented Ms. Rosalind Ng, Managing Director (Asia), IIR Exhibitions.
“We are very encouraged by the quality of visitors, many of whom were decision makers and had visited the show with the intent to make a purchase within this year. Many exhibitors had feedback to us that they are pleased with the pillarless halls and wider aisle, which provides a more professional and conducive ambience. We have received high rebookings for next year’s show and look forward to an even more rewarding and exciting show,” added Ms. Juri Tan, Exhibitions Director, IIR Exhibitions Pte Ltd.
PALM EXPO hosted a number of conferences, seminars and activities during the show days, attracting high interest from the enthusiastic audiences.
10th China International Entertainment Technology Summit
Held at the scenic Jiuhua Resort & Convention Centre, the summit attracted strong interest from the high turnout of local and international industry players. This year’s focus was on ‘The Status and Development Trends of Performing Venue Construction.
Participants discussed and provided suggestions on theatre construction in Europe, the analysis of versatile spaces recently built in the US and the status of Chinese Cultural Establishment construction.
Expert speakers were invited from China, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and USA. These included Mr. Yu Jian, Vice President of CETA, Mr. Louis Janssen, Chairman of OISTAT, Mr. Joerg Kuemmel, CEO of Mueller-BBM, Mr. Joshua Dachs, President of Fisher Dachs Associates and Mr. David Grindle, Executive Director of USITT. The annual summit provided an excellent networking opportunity for industry practitioners to discuss the latest trends in the industry.
Over 40 Technical Seminars were held during PALM EXPO to facilitate and promote the exchange of ideas and concepts, share the latest technologies and applications for the development of the international and domestic entertainment industry. Participants were able to re-establish existing connections and forge new alliances.
Germany’s VPLT Art Consultant, Mr. Florian von Hofen spoke on the topic of Equipment Hoisting and Safety Regulations for Entertainment Venues. DTHG Vice Chairman, Mr. Gabriele Högg elaborated on the development trends and future of stage settings.
Outdoor Line Array Demonstration
The high point of the exhibition was the Outdoor Line Array Demonstration at the concert sound arena which thrilled visitors with the varying frequencies and angular response of some of the most technologically advanced line array systems. Visitors were impressed by the set up from leading line array manufacturers like CRF, KME, RCF, RVS and TPA.
PALM EXPO 2013 returns to the NEW China International Exhibition Centre from 7 to 10 June 2013, promising a record breaking experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. About PALM EXPO PALM EXPO is China’s largest and most established international exhibition for the entertainment, pro audio and light, music, trussing and staging, installation and AV industry. It is also one of the world’s leading event of its kind, complete with an exhibition, conference, seminars and workshops. It also serves as a major international platform for industry players to network, exchange ideas and increase their market share.
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