LONDON Four manufacturing technology events organized Trident Exhibitions Ltd have been bought by Canon Communications which organizes the Nepcon East in Boston.
The acquisition brings the number of Canon’s (Los Angeles, California) trade show events to 43. The shows being bought from Trident (Tavistock, England) are IPOT, Machine Vision and Displays Technology; MTEC which focuses on sensors, measurement and instrumentation technology; Machine Building, Drives & Automation; and Practical Vacuum which covers vacuum technology and semiconductor processing.
The Trident shows have already run concurrently with two Canon's own events at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham: MEDTEC UK (Medical Equipment Design Technology Exposition and Conference) and 3C: Contamination Control and Cleanroom Products Exhibition.
Canon said it plans to further develop, position and promote the shows as a coordinated, full-featured, total resource for the UK’s advanced design and manufacturing industries. The first shows to be held under Canon ownership will take place on February 13-14, 2008 at the NEC.
In 1983 Trident became a wholly owned subsidiary of Reed, whose exhibition company organizes the U.K.Nepcon event, but became an independent company in 1989.