LONDON Reed Exhibitions has cancelled the Nepcon 2008 exhibition that was due to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on April 29 – May 1.
The organizers said “that this has been a tough decision as Nepcon has run in the U.K. for 39 years, however, with so much electronic production moving to China and India, and with the entry of a new competitor which has split the market and forced many exhibitors to withdraw from exhibiting in the U.K. at all, it believes that we can not run an event that delivers for our exhibitors and visitors.”
The SMART group which was sponsoring the event said “there is no doubt that the cancellation of the Nepcon U.K. 2008 show is a sad event, not just for SMART Group members, but for the entire U.K. electronics manufacturing industry. It is a trade show which for just short of 40 years acted as a pre-eminent showcase for engineering technology in our industry. It hosted technological changes, sometimes on a momentous scale, from simple single sided through-hole pcb’s to sophisticated multilayered boards with components of miniscule dimensions. It escorted us through the revolutions wrought by surface mount technology, the Montreal Protocol and RoHS.”
“A trade show like Nepcon has faced threats from the internet and the profile of its target market. Whilst research shows that industry wants and needs forums for face-to-face meetings, our sector cannot support two similar trade shows. Recently it became clear that, despite a valid and proven proposition, and immense work by the many involved, Nepcon U.K. 2008 would not be viable,” said SMART.
Nepcon has come under pressure with the launch of the National Electronics Week due to be held at Earls Court in London on June 17 -19. NEW claims to have signed up a number of major assembly equipment suppliers including Blundell, Seho, Nutek, Juki, Europlacer, PACE, Kaisertech and Fuji who would have traditionally been Nepcon's target exhibitors.