Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry.

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Author: CEDIA UK

Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry. In an event marked by a range of ‘firsts’, CEDIA  (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has announced that new product launches, an education programme which was 25% bigger than last year, networking activities and a variety of innovative feature areas combined to attract a healthy Expo attendance, totaling 7,474.

Against a backdrop of increasingly tough economic conditions across Europe, the 12th CEDIA UK Expo (23-26 June, ExCeL London) sounded a positive note for the custom installation industry. In an event marked by a range of ‘firsts’, CEDIA  (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has announced that new product launches, an education programme which was 25% bigger than last year, networking activities and a variety of innovative feature areas combined to attract a healthy Expo attendance, totaling 7,474.

Electronic systems designers, installers and trade suppliers represented the vast majority of the overall audience, with 40% of visitors taking their first ever trip to CEDIA UK Expo. This attendance also included design professionals from architectural, interior design and property development disciplines, who made up 12% of the audience, and a higher proportion of electrical contractors, comprising a further 7% compared to 3% last year. International visitors representing 48 number countries also attended, making up 15% of the total.

“This year’s CEDIA Expo shows that the custom installation industry is in good health“ says CEDIA Chairman, Simon Williams. “There were some great new products on show, with a number of exhibitors pulling out all the stops in the quality and creativity of their stand design. Taken with a range of new feature areas and innovations introduced this year, CEDIA Expo felt fresh and exciting. The reward was a steady stream of visitors, and plenty of newcomers too - an indication that the industry is evolving and attracting the new blood necessary to sustain its growth.”

Nearly 130 companies, including both major players and a high percentage of first time exhibitors, took part in this year’s event, using the show as a platform for launching new and emerging technologies into the European market. Meanwhile, CEDIA UK Expo again proved itself a magnet for the media with TV crews from Sky News, GMTV, the Press Association and others filming interviews with exhibitors and creating a buzz at the show.

The CEDIA education programme provided over 200 hours of quality training for delegates. 52 delegates passed the CEDIA certification exams held at the event, and training was also provided in the new Certification for Home Cinema Design Specialists course – a world first. Those already Certified were able to maintain their status by gaining Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for attendance and completion of courses on the CEDIA Education programme and CEDIA approved Trade Supplier Product training courses running at the event.

Debut attractions in education also included a lively industry panel debate featuring Ivor Tiefenbrun, MBE, Executive Chairman of Linn, Jeremy Burkhardt, President of Speakercraft and Steve Moore of SMC discussing the changing face of home entertainment and other topics. Meanwhile, a new Hot Topics Theatre located on the show floor saw speakers from Apple TV, the BBC and others presenting topical, free sessions to packed audiences. The top six most popular training courses included New Technologies Update, What’s On The Horizon?, Multi Room Audio and Video Distribution, TCP/IP and Ethernet Foundation Course, the Structured Cabling Design and Installation Workshop and the High Definition and HDMI Workshop. Meanwhile, the extended Trade Supplier training sessions also proved extremely popular with 12 companies delivering 40 sessions free of charge to delegates.  In total nearly 700 individuals filled training session places over the programme’s four day duration.

 “The education programme shows that Certification is now firmly established as a benchmark within the industry” says Simon Williams. “Here, too, industry firsts made an important contribution. Home Cinema Certification, the Panel Debate and the Hot Topics Theatre all proved popular with delegates and visitors. On behalf of CEDIA, I would like to extend a personal thank you to all the volunteers, exhibitors and CEDIA staff who made CEDIA Expo 2008 such a memorable success. We look forward to another great event in 2009.”

The central CEDIA area provided a perfect place for visitors to meet and exchange views with current Board members, and find out more about the work of the Association. Visitors also had the chance to learn more about the CEDIA Region 1 Awards scheme at a dedicated feature area on the show floor, where the winner of the Best Special project Category in 2007, the Cadillac Escalade, proved a big draw, thanks to CEDIA ESP member, Prestige Audio.

The Chairman’s Reception took place at ‘The Fox@ExCeL’ on Tuesday 24th June. CEDIA Chairman Simon Williams welcomed 400 invited guests, representing exhibitors, CEDIA Trade Supplier and ESP members to this informal drinks and canapés reception. The sell out CEDIA party, meanwhile, took place at Raan, a trendy, boutique venue in the O2 Arena.  

In 2009 CEDIA Expo will run from 22nd to 25th June 2009 (training: 22nd to 25th June; exhibition: 23rd to 25th June) at ExCeL London. For booking enquiries email Mary Whitlock, mary@cedia.co.uk.

 


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