PennWell Acquires LED Lighting Event – The LED Show

PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired the assets of The LED Show, a conference and exhibition serving the lighting design and technology segment of the LED industry.

Launched in 2009 by lighting designer and founder James Highgate, The LED Show is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada and attracts leading LED manufacturers displaying the latest technology and products.  The LED Show was last held in July 2011 for architects, electrical engineers, home builders, hotel engineers and designers, with 87 exhibitors and an attendance of more than 3,000 from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Korea, Japan, China, England, The Netherlands and Greece.  The 2012 LED Show will take place July 30-August 1, 2012, again in Las Vegas, and Highgate will continue as a consultant to PennWell.

The LED Show is PennWell’s third acquisition in the LED and lighting industry and will be part of its LEDs & Lighting Media Group which includes the Strategies in Light conferences and exhibitions held annually in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China; the Strategies Unlimited research company focused on photonics, LEDs and lighting; and LEDs Magazine, the leading magazine and website for the global LED industry. PennWell will manage the business from its Technology Group offices in Nashua, New Hampshire under the direction of Christine Shaw, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher, LEDs & Lighting Media Group.

PennWell President and CEO Robert F. Biolchini said, “The acquisition of The LED Show expands our presence in the fastest growing segment of the LED industry, as advances in lighting technology and design are expected to proliferate over the next decade.  We look forward to marrying PennWell’s conference and exhibition capabilities with James Highgate’s deep knowledge of the manufacturers and lighting specialists that will ensure the continued growth of this event.  With the addition of The LED Show to our portfolio, PennWell has achieved a dominant position serving the full spectrum of the LED industry.”

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