Artexis Easyfairs – 5 acquisitions in Q1 2015

artexis easyfairsArtexis Easyfairs has announced 5 acquisition in the first quarter of 2015.

1. Easyfairs acquires Pack&Move Basel
24th March 20145

Artexis Easyfairs, through its Easyfairs Switzerland GmbH subsidiary, has acquired Pack&Move Basel from MCH Messe Basel. Easyfairs plans to bring together the two trade shows Pack&Move Basel and Transport&Logistics Bern, which will be co-located with Easyfairs’ three packaging events in Zürich. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The new Swiss logistics event will take place annually at Messe Zürich, with the first edition on 6th & 7th May 2016, alongside the established packaging events Empack, Packaging Innovations and Label&Print.

Belgium, Brussels & Switzerland, Basel

2. Easyfairs acquires Northeral
20th March 2015

Easyfairs has acquired Northeral, organiser of Algiers based Maghreb Pharma Expo, the largest pharmaceutical technology trade show in Africa. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Matt Benyon, Head of UK and Global at Easyfairs, added, “We were very impressed by the rapid success of Maghreb Pharma Expo. Since its launch in 2012, it has grown to attract 167 international exhibitors and over 1600 visitors. We see great synergies in combining Northeral’s local expertise with Easyfairs’ experience in launching and geo-cloning events.”

Belgium, Brussels and Algiers

3. Easyfairs acquires Tank Storage Magazine
10th March 2015

Easyfairs has acquired Tank Storage Magazine. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tank Storage Magazine is a publication for the tank storage market, covering breaking news, market analysis, policy and regulations affecting the industry as well as new products and equipment. The print edition is sent to readers in 80 countries globally including Oiltanking, Peter Cremer, BP, Morgan Stanley, Flint Hill Resources, Macquarie and Rubis.

It is a good strategic fit for Easyfairs, which delivers a portfolio of tank storage events. These take place in the bulk liquid storage hubs and strategic ports of Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Singapore, Hamburg and Rotterdam and include StocExpo, which the company acquired from Horseshoe Media in 2011.

Matt Benyon, Managing Director, Easyfairs UK & Global, said: “When we bought StocExpo it was always part of the strategy to acquire the magazine when the moment was right. Tank Storage Magazine is the most respected and influential publication in the sector so we’re absolutely thrilled to have acquired it. It’s a very natural development and provides great continuity and more marketing opportunities for all those involved in the magazine or events.”

Belgium, Brussels & UK, London

4. Artexis Easyfairs acquires Dry Cargo Europe Conference & Exhibition
10th March 2015

Artexis Easyfairs has acquired the management of the Dry Bulk Conference and Exhibition from the publishers of Dry Cargo International. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The event will be rebranded the Dry Cargo Europe Conference and Exhibition and will open its doors to visitors on 30 September and 1 October 2015 at Ahoy Rotterdam in The Netherlands, alongside Artexis Easyfairs’ trade show for powder and bulk technologies, Solids.

Jason Chinnock and Andrew Hucker-Brown, joint publishers and owners of Dry Cargo International commented,

Bas van Gent, Group Event Director of Artexis Easyfairs said: “Dry Cargo Europe is going to be a great addition to the Solids. The international visitors and delegates will be able to get an overview not only on what is happening in dry cargo logistics, but also in the treatment, storage, handling and processing of powders and bulk solids. We are delighted that we will be welcoming many new exhibitors and delegates to Rotterdam, the world’s fourth largest port complex.”

Belgium, Brussels & The Netherlands, Rotterdam

5. Artexis Easyfairs acquire FACTS
29th January 2015

In late December 2014, Artexis Easyfairs reached an agreement with company Con-Fuse about the acquisition of FACTS, the comics, sci fi and anime festival in the Benelux held annually at Flanders Expo in Ghent, which is also run by Artexis Easyfairs.

Dirk Van Roy, CEO of Artexis Easyfairs Benelux said: “With FACTS, we diversify again within our events portfolio. For several years already, FACTS has experienced significant growth in a segment that is new to us. As a market leader in the organisation of ultimate meeting & market places, our aim is to increase the experience of this close-knit community even more”.

In October 2014, FACTS was organised for the 24th time. Since its inception, FACTS has developed into a successful, 2-day event of 250 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors. It is not only the oldest, but also the biggest comics, sci fi and anime festival in the Benelux.

Emmanuel, Koen, Jörgen en Stefaan will certainly continue to provide their expertise for the next 3 editions of the festival and will be cooperating closely with Artexis Easyfairs Benelux.

The cooperation will start effectively from the next edition of FACTS, which will be the 25th already. This anniversary edition will take place on 26 and 27 September 2015 at Flanders Expo in Ghent.

Belgium, Brussels & Ghent

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