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Breakaway show to rival CIWM conference

A group of plant hire vehicle and waste disposal exhibitors are setting up a breakaway exhibition to rival the Environmental Services Association and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) conference, Futuresource, being held in London next year.

The new show will be called The Plant and Waste Recycling Show and is proposed to take place in Torbay in 2009. This year's CIWM exhibition took place in Paignton, Torbay.

Three disgruntled exhibitors have set up the new show after being dismayed with the CIWM's decision to move its event to the London Excel Centre next year. CIWM organisers want to move the show to London because they say it will provide high quality facilities and attract an international audience.

One of the exhibitors setting up The Plant and Waste Recycling Show will be waste recycling plant manufacturer Hinowa UK managing director Richard Hunt.

He told MRW that the organisers of CIWM had "lost the plot" by moving it to London. He also said that more than 70% of this year's exhibitors have said that they are interested in taking part in the new venture and plan to return to Torbay next year. Hunt mentioned names such as JCB and Mercedes-Benz expressing interest in his show.

He said that it was "disgusting" that organisers had just given five weeks notice that the show would move to London and he cited a number or reasons why he and new show coordinators Alan Bowman and David Mais wanted to set up their own show.

"People do not want to pay £150 for a hotel room, which they will have to do in London. At the moment we pay £70 per square metre for our pitches but in London it will be £140. We will also have to pay congestion charges, we will not be allowed food and drink on the premises and will have to pay £2.50 for a cup of coffee, which is not the case in Paignton."

Hunt also said that there were a lack of visitors to this year's CIWM because the organisers did not advertise it adequately. He said: "This year not a lot of people went to the exhibition because half the country did not know it was on. There are a lot of pen pushers who do not know what they are doing."

More than 100 plant hire vehicle and waste disposal companies exhibited at this year's CIWM.
Hunt explained that the people who exhibit their dustcarts and trucks were a "different breed" to the people who attended the separate CIWM conferences and added that they were more down-to-earth and "liked a pint not like the computer boffins" that attended the conference seminars.
He said it would be the final nail in the coffin when CIWM goes to London.

However, CIWM disputed the figures being suggested by the breakaway group and said that the pricing would be "competitive" and in some circumstances even cheaper than Torbay depending on whether exhibitors qualified for discounts. It also pointed out that Excel is not in the congestion charge zone. 

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee added: "The group are free to do what they want to do. We are focused on our own show and we have overwhelming positive support.

"Next year will be an exciting opportunity to build a modern, forward looking conference exhibition in partnership with the Environmental Services Association. We have an exciting future and a chance to showcase the waste management industry on a national and international scale."

Image: CIWM conference in Torbay 2008

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