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New open-concept venue for CMW


October 4, 2010
by Plant Staff

Canadian Manufacturing Week has a new venue this year, and according to show manager Nick Samain, it means delegates will have an easier time finding their way around.

The trade floor is more open-concept, allowing organizers to group exhibitors together by specialty, Samain says.

“Some of the real cutting-edge technologies SMEs focus on, like rapid prototyping, nanotechnology, design and software, have been grouped together into one pavilion and a lot of that has to do with the new layout and building.”

Attendees at past shows will likely recall the long landing-strip style of trade show floor. The configuration meant exhibitors vied for locations right at the front of the hall, leading to a confusing grouping of displays.

“We would have overhead door companies mixed with material handling companies and it was meant to be the design engineering and advanced manufacturing section of the show. That was always a bit of a hodge podge. It was good for the exhibitors, but not necessarily good for easier navigation for the attendees who actually have less time and want to source the technologies they need.”

Organizers are also folding in the Advanced Manufacturing Expo, which last took place in 2008, Samain says. “We’ve got a fuller and stronger offering in the range of those technologies in the advanced manufacturing sector.”

Delegates will find the floor plan (above) more intuitive, and save time finding the booths, vendors and solutions on their must-see list, he adds.