UBM buys Hospitalar, Latin America’s largest healthcare trade show

UBM plc has acquired Hospitalar, Latin America’s largest healthcare tradeshow, from SPFC Group.

Hospitalar is one of Brazil’s top five tradeshows, featuring 1,250 Brazilian and international exhibitors and attracting approximately 95,000 attendees. Hospitalar 2015, the 22nd edition of the International Fair of Products, Equipment, Services and Technology for Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies, Health Clinics and Medical Offices took place in the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo from 19 to 22 May. The event serves the large Brazilian healthcare industry where growth is set to continue through the expansion of private healthcare for a growing, more affluent middle class.

Hospitalar generated revenue of approximately R$32m (£6.6m). The acquisition will make UBM the third largest events organiser in Brazil.

Following completion, Hospitalar’s staff will move over to UBM Brazil and the founders of the show will remain involved in a non-executive capacity for at least two years.

Tim Cobbold, CEO of UBM plc, said: “We are delighted to have acquired Hospitalar. It is a “must-attend” show with an increasingly international customer base and will further strengthen our position in Brazil. It also fits very neatly with the wider UBM portfolio and we are excited about the opportunity to leverage UBM’s strong position in the Medical Device and Manufacturing sector. We are already planning to co-locate a MD&M show alongside Hospitalar 2016.”

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