[Editor’s Note: International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition (IPEX) is one of the longest-running graphic arts events, recently switching from an every-four-year schedule to an every-three-year cycle to accommodate DRUPA. IPEX was managed by Informa Exhibitions. According to PrintWeek, the show had been in a declining state for a decade.)
London, 26 June 2018: IPEX, the international print technology and equipment event, is to close after a period of consultation with the industry.
The most recent edition, IPEX 2017, took place at the NEC in Birmingham late October and early November 2017. Over 150 companies from 20
countries exhibited to showcase the latest solutions in print technology and equipment, while over 7,000 visitors attended to source new products and keep
abreast of industry trends.
Rob Fisher, IPEX Event Director, said: “Through IPEX, we’re proud to have played a role in an important and diverse industry, and to have supported a
brand that has such a long history. We enjoyed organising and delivering IPEX 2017 and received positive feedback from exhibitors, many of whom recorded
excellent levels of interest and sales at the event.”
Fisher continues: “The changing market conditions and appetite for a large-scale event which focuses on Print in Action continues to be challenging. Having engaged with a range of exhibitors and partners to evaluate the options for IPEX, we have concluded that the requirements of the industry no longer match our own in terms of the cycle, scale and what is required to help us further support and fully invest in the brand.
“We’d like to wish our partners, exhibitors, and everyone we’ve worked with on IPEX every success as the industry continues to evolve.”