Mercator Media acquires Marine & Coastal Engineering Expo

Mercator MediaMercator Media Limited has acquired the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo (M&CCE Expo) from the Prysm Group. M&CCE Expo, an event showcasing the latest equipment and techniques in marine civil engineering and construction, is to co-locate with Seawork, which focuses on the same subject. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The M&CCE Expo 2019 will run from 11-13 June 2019 at Mayflower Park, Southampton UK.

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Mercator is a B2B media company with a 30-year history, serving the marine business with events, magazines and online. It publishes the pan-European commercial marine magazine Maritime Journal, and produces the Seawork exhibition, now in its 22nd year. Situated exclusively in its own dedicated exhibition arena, M&CCE will keep its own brand and identity and will run concurrently with the three days of Seawork.

Andrew Webster, chief executive of Mercator, said, ‘This is great news for visitors and exhibitors to both Seawork and M&CCE, with real synergies between the two. There is a big overlap in content and business for people involved in marine construction, from harbourmasters to consulting engineers to operations managers and anyone in vessel and marine equipment deployment.”

UK, Fareham & Southampton

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Mercator Media acquires Coastlink Network

Mercator Media LtdMercator Media, the parent company of Boating Business, has acquired Coastlink Network Ltd, a neutral pan-European network dedicated to the promotion of short sea and feeder container shipping and how it forms part of a competitive supply chain. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Coastlink was established in 2004 by shipping professionals David Cheslin and Gavin Roser. Since then, Coastlink has hosted a series of 18 conferences and meetings to maximise the utilisation and potential of shipping networks; achieve an environmentally friendly modal shift to shipping; encourage more services linking ports in European waters; and develop collaboration between shippers, ports, shipping lines and freight organisations. The next Coastlink conference will be co-located with Seawork, from 11-13 June 2019, in Southampton, UK.

Mr Roser, currently ‘Ambassador at Large’ of not-for-profit think tank, The European Freight and Logistics Leaders’ Forum, will continue as a consultant to Coastlink to ensure its continued relevance.

Andrew Webster, CEO of Mercator Media, commented: “Mercator is a great new home for the Coastlink Network events. It fits very well with what we do and complements our magazines that overlap this marketplace; Port Strategy, The MotorShip and Maritime Journal as well as our events, GreenPort Congress, Propulsion & Future Fuels and the well-known commercial marine exhibition, Seawork.”

UK, Fareham & London

DVV acquires Smart Rail World

DVV Media InternationalRailway Gazette’s parent company DVV Media International has purchased events and digital media business Smart Rail World Ltd and its subsidiary Global Transport Forum Ltd. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The London-based business manages a suite of international events in the rail and transport sector including Smart Rail, Smart Transit, Smart Metro, Safe Rail and the Transport Security Congress. It also publishes industry news at www.smartrailworld.com.

DVV Media International Managing Director Andy Salter said, ‘This is a very exciting acquisition for us. We have been building our portfolio across digital media and events and the Smart Rail World business strategically aligns with our other transport and logistics products. This is a very powerful group of events and there’s a great team of people at the company. We are looking forward to working with them and seeing this business division develop strongly.’

UK, London

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dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa acquires exhibitions and publication from Hypenica

dmg MEAAdmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa has acquired five exhibitions, and an associated publication, focused on the construction and transport infrastructure sectors from South African media company Hypenica. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The events, African Construction Expo, Cape Construction Expo and KZN Construction Expo are a natural fit within dmg events’ existing construction portfolio. African Ports Evolution Forum and African Ports Evolution Forum – West Africa add a complementary transport element to the company’s existing customer base across industries such as construction, mining, power and logistics. Finally, Concrete Trends and its digital platform http://www.concrete.tv gives dmg events an established channel through which to support the events as well as deliver content and up to date business information all year round.

Matt Denton, President of dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, said, “We know Africa is a key geography for the future growth of our business, as well as those of our exhibitors and visitors. Adding these five events and the accompanying respected trade media to our portfolio is an excellent way to expand our regional reach, enabling us to leverage our sector expertise in new markets”.

KZN Construction Expo will be the first event to take place under new ownership, with the exhibition set to kick off in Durban, South Africa, on February 7 2018, followed by the African Construction Expo in Johannesburg in May.

UAE, Dubai & South Africa, Cape Town

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SKU Logistics acquires Dawson Marketing Services for £200K

smithnewsSmiths News PLC, the has sold Dawson Marketing Services Limited and its trading subsidiary, Marketlink Marketing Communications Limited to SKU Logistics in Swindon for £200,000.  SKU Logistics was previously part of Smiths News.

In an announcement Smiths News said, “The Group has chosen to divest MMC as it is not core to our stated strategy of being a leading player in chosen specialist distribution markets.”

In the year ended 31 August 2012, MMC generated revenues of £6.0m and operating profit of £0.1m.

UK, Swindon, Wiltshire

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John Menzies acquires Orbital Marketing Services

John Menzies plc subsidiary Menzies Distribution has acquired Orbital Marketing Services Group Limited for £13.6 million.  Orbital was 51% owned by BP Direct Mail Company Limited and 49% by Rydlings Limited, whose shareholders comprise the existing management team who will remain with the business.

Orbital comprises a portfolio of UK based logistics and marketing services businesses serving the travel, tourism, education, charity, publishing and healthcare sectors. The company was established in 1972 and it employs over 550 staff at 9 locations across the UK.

For the year to March 2012 Orbital reported an operating profit of £2.2m and gross assets of £13.5m.

Menzies are paying a total of £13.6 million with £7.7 million payable now and a further £5.9 million payable on 31 December 2014. Further consideration, up to a maximum of £6.3m may be payable only if exceptionally high levels of profit performance were to be achieved by December 2014.

Iain Napier, Chairman of John Menzies plc, said, “I am delighted that Menzies Distribution has acquired Orbital. This acquisition allows us to expand our printed media distribution footprint whilst also taking a large stride into adjacent growth areas. The team are now focussed on integrating these new businesses and driving through the significant synergies that have been identified. Orbital opens up new opportunities for us. The combined network will bring new reach to our logistical capabilities and allow us to expand some of Orbital’s services into new areas.”

UK, Edinburgh, Scotland & Asford, Kent