The RWM and Futuresource exhibitions are to be merged into just one show in 2011.
Emap (the owner of both RWM and MRW) has signed an agreement with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (the organisers of Futuresource) to work in partnership to hold just one annual recycling and waste management exhibition.
As a result, Futuresource will not take place in June 2011 as planned, but the first joint event will be held at the NEC on 13 -15 September – the date RWM is currently scheduled to take place. Futuresource exhibitors will be invited to transfer their space to the new combined event and details will be provided to Futuresource customers in early January. The joint team from RWM and Futuresource will then talk directly to every customer and a series of roadshows will be organised for the spring.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “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.”
Emap Connect (the division of Emap responsible for exhibitions) chief executive Malcolm Gough said: “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. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the entire industry to the NEC for what will be a fantastic 2011 event, and working with the industry in the future to further develop the exhibition in line with market needs.”
CIWM will now play an integral role in influencing the shape, content and direction of the event through the joint event advisory board. It will also have a high-profile presence at the show, and make a significant contribution to the marketing and promotion in 2011 and beyond. The aim of the merged exhibition will be to produce an outstanding event that also competes internationally. The show will also be supported by the ESA.
ESA chairman Ian Goodfellow said: “We congratulate both CIWM and Emap in bringing together this joint exhibition. We believe it will serve the domestic and international needs of this industry well, and we look forward to giving it our whole-hearted support.”