The Energy Event will be co-located with RWM in 2011 after Emap, the owner of both RWM and MRW, bought the exhibition and related magazines from Eamonn Brennan and Neil Western from Western Business Media.
While the two shows will be marketed separately, and each will retain its own identity and focus, the move of the Energy Event to the NEC next to RWM will allow the event to benefit from the improved layout and facilities of purpose-built exhibition halls as well as the crossover audience from RWM.
The Energy Event is currently held at the National Motorbike Museum, close to the NEC.
RWM event director Gerry Sherwood said: “RWM and the Energy Event are a natural fit for co-location. There is a growing appetite for waste-to-energy conversion as a way of dealing with two major issues at once – waste management and sustainable energy. By bringing the waste and sustainable energy sectors together in this way, we can help to satisfy that appetite.”
Brennan will remain involved as a consultant, while sales manager Steve Swaine and Water, Energy and Environment magazine editor Tim McManan Smith will also be joining Emap.
Emap Connect managing director Alison Jackson said: “We are delighted to welcome Eamonn, Steve and Tim to Emap. We have admired this event from afar after visiting several times. It is a quality industry-led event with great content and is an essential diary date for anyone in the sector. Emap’s marketing and operational resource will ensure the event becomes even more important for decision makers in the energy sector as it develops in conjunction with market needs.”
Brennan added: “It is great news for the market that Emap has acquired the Energy Event. It is the natural purchaser and has a reputation for delivering events that are a focal point of the markets it services. Its focus and resources will enable the event to move to the next stage of its development at the NEC.”
The Energy Event is taking place this week, 8-9 September, at the National Motorbike Museum, Solihil, West Midlands. For more information, visit www.theenergyevent.com
RWM 2010 is at the NEC Birmingham on 14-16 September. For more information, visit www.rwmexhibition.com