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Quartz Business Media launch COTECA Asia

COTECA Asia will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-28 November 2019. The new event will tap into the increased demand for tea and coffee production and consumption in Asia. For the first time, the trade show will be managed by Quartz Business Media, a leading international event organiser.

COTECA Asia will offer an ideal platform for suppliers and manufacturers to come together and discuss the latest innovations and technology within the coffee, tea and cocoa industries. Bangkok is a superb location for the event as it is easily accessible for all international visitors and Thailand as a whole supports the industry through production and also consumption.

The partner event COTECA was launched in 2010 and takes place every other year in Hamburg, Germany. A market need was identified in Asia for a tea and coffee business to business event. Following discussions between Hamburg Messe and Quartz Business Media, it was decided there was a natural fit between the COTECA brand and the expertise of Quartz Business Media to work together on the launch event.

Steve Diprose, managing director of Quartz Business Media, said: “We’re very excited to be a part of this launch event as having previous expertise with running events in Asia; we feel we’re well suited for the challenge. The COTECA brand has such a strong following and we feel this allegiance to the brand will follow into Asia. We’re delighted to work alongside Hamburg Messe on this new venture.”

COTECA Asia’s official media partner is STiR Tea & Coffee magazine which is one of the leading publications for the tea and coffee industry. The magazine has a strong following in and around Asia and will provide crucial support for the event. October Multimedia, owners of STiR magazine will act as the official sales agent, Glenn Anthony John, for COTECA and COTECA Asia.

“We are very proud, that COTECA will transcend European borders in 2019.The Asian market is very exciting and the industry can look forward to one of the most important business meeting places next year” says Claudia Johannsen, Business Unit Leader at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Visit the COTECA website here  

Over £25,000 raised for The Prince’s Trust

Quartz Business Media entered a team in the Ricoh Dragon Boat Race to help raise money for charity and to use the day as a teambuilding exercise for all employees. With a number of staff making the journey up to Dorney Lake, QBM were happy to try something new and take full advantage of a day out in the sun.

With a crew of ten paddlers and one drummer keeping them all in time, QBM had three races throughout the day competing against other teams and the clock.

Throughout all three races, the QBM team worked together with their quickest time being 69.73 seconds. This was one of the top three quickest times of the day. Paul Michael, CEO cheered from the side lines whilst Keith Harris, CEO and Steve Diprose, Managing Director embraced the physical challenge by paddling in the boat.

QBM placed fourth overall by missing out on the final by one second however, the team were really pleased with the result and thoroughly enjoyed the races.

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Alongside the Dragon Boat Race was a Tug of War competition where each team had to use their strength to pull the other team across the centre line. QBM assembled the strongest men there on the day and heaved their way into the final competing against the team, International Copiers. The final was neck and neck with each team winning a round however, QBM pulled into the lead by pulling International Copiers over the line resulting in 1st place.

Well done to everyone who supported, took part and donated to the Prince’s Trust. The Ricoh Dragon Boat Race Day raised an astonishing £25,000 for the Charity.

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Quartz Business Media announces Resource Management Show

Quartz Business Media – organiser of the popular and well-established Cleaning Show – has announced the launch of a new event focused on resource efficiency and waste management.

Called the Resource Management Show - and running alongside the Cleaning Show at London’s ExCeL on 19-21 March 2019 - the event will offer waste and recycling suppliers the perfect opportunity to meet the UK's leading contract cleaners, facilities managers, local authorities, and a wide range of other cleaning and FM-related businesses.

Steve Diprose, managing director of Quartz Business Media, said: “After speaking to a number of our existing exhibitors, visitors and suppliers, we have identified a real demand for a new event to answer current issues facing the resource management sector.


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Together with our partners, the British Cleaning Council, we found a number of compelling reasons to launch this new event: Brexit will require many companies to adapt their processes, particularly how waste management is handled in terms of trans-frontier shipments, exports and imports; the use of plastics is also a current hot topic, and a wide number of emerging technologies are being developed to break/shred/reprocess plastic materials; and Energy from Waste initiatives are continually evolving to offer effective ways of reducing landfill for many local authorities.

Add to this new Chinese regulations, vehicles and machinery that utilise alternative fuel sources, and the increasing demand for cost-effective and environmentally friendly products across the cleaning, FM and waste management sectors and the justification for launching this event becomes very clear indeed. In addition, numerous stakeholders have commented positively about the bi-annual frequency and Spring positioning of the event. We look forward to welcoming new exhibitors and visitors in 2019.”

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Future Steel Forum - informative and engaging

Future Steel Forum 2018 was the second outing for the event, which was developed by Steel Times International magazine and launched in 2017 in the Polish capital.

Future Steel Forum 2018 attracted some high calibre speakers, experts in the field of Industry 4.0 and steelmaking. The event kicked off with an opening keynote from Dr. Pinakin Chaubal, general manager, ArcelorMittal Global R&D who spoke of the ‘tornado of change’ sweeping across the world and warned that those who don’t innovate will die. The event featured speakers from leading steelmakers ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, Russian steelmaker NLMK and US Steel as well as highly respected figures from some of the most respected research and development and academic institutions from around the world.


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There were many interesting presentations from management consultants and steel production equipment OEMs and there was a vibrant exhibition and networking area for delegates to swap stories and exchange ideas.

"Future Steel Forum is the only event focused specifically on this topic which is extremely important for our industry.Kristiaan Van Teutum, Fives Group

“Future Steel Forum brought together an interesting group of participants and speakers who are clearly experts in their field. Industry 4.0 is vital to our business so I'd definitely recommend this event to colleagues at Tata Steel.” Simon Oglesby, Tata Steel

The Future Steel Forum proved to be a force to be reckoned with and something that Quartz Business Media will be taking forward. A venue for next year's European conference has yet to be decided upon, but rest assured, Future Steel Forum 2019 will take place and the plan is to offer all attendees another well-rounded programme focused entirely on what the Americans call 'smart manufacturing' – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

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Future Aluminium Forum, a resounding success!

The first edition of the Future Aluminium Forum took place in Milan, Italy on 8th & 9th May.

Organised by Quartz Business Media, the event was held in association with Aluminium International Today and consisted of a two-day conference and table top exhibition.

More than 150 delegates from across the globe gathered to hear from technical experts and uncover the myths behind Industry 4.0 and what this means for the manufacturing value chain.

It was a great couple of days and hopefully the industry is now poised to enter the exciting world of digital manufacturing - we all have to work together to make it happen!

Keep following for a full review of the event and more information on how best to integrate smarter technologies for a streamlined value chain.

Aluminium International Today is proud to support the industry on this journey and grateful to all who joined us for this first event.

"Future Aluminium Forum provided some great networking opportunities and had a variety of interesting presentations. I'd definitely recommend this event to others."

- Raffael Fuertes, SVP Strategy & Innovation, Hydro

"This event had modern, energetic topics being covered with an enthusiastic style of organisation. I'd highly rate Future Aluminium Forum".

- Diwakhar Gautum, CEO, Sunberg

"Future Aluminium Forum provided me with a perfect opportunity to see who is doing what in the industry. It has helped me generate new ideas and as a supplier of technology, it is important to be updated on issues such as Industry 4.0".

- Jean Francois Desmeules, VP Technologies & R&D, Dynamic Concept

"The theme of Industry 4.0 is extremely relevant at the moment. The attendees of Future Aluminium Forum were of a high quality and the networking dinner provided a great opportunity for me to get to know the other attendees".

- Arild Hakonsen, Head of Technology, Hycast AS

Find out more about the Future Aluminium Forum  

Second Manchester Cleaning Show saw growth and quality attendance

The Manchester Cleaning Show took place on 11-12 April 2018 at EventCity and thousands of attendees descended on Manchester to view the latest products and services exhibitors had to offer. Exhibitors were pleased with the quantity and quality of the visitors and are already looking forward to London 2019 and Manchester 2020.

Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors. This was nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.

Registration data has revealed that a majority of visitors to the Manchester show were cleaning professionals, who made up 64% of attendees. Other visitors were drawn from the FM, education, health, social care and hospitality sectors.

The number and size of stands was also substantially greater than the previous Manchester show, with the event attracting 27% more exhibitors and taking up 40% more floor space.

The show attracted delegates from over twenty different countries. This included a Chinese delegation from the Wuhan Cleaning Industry Association who were hosted by BCC member, the CSSA.

Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council said: “After the incredible success of the first Manchester Cleaning Show there was some nervousness that the very impressive visitor numbers from two years ago could have been in part driven by the novelty value of a new show. Further, we had BBC Breakfast broadcasting live from the event on the first morning which gave us incredible exposure nationally, which in turn generated some extra footfall on the second day.

“However, these fantastic figures demonstrate that there is an appetite among both exhibitors and visitors to sustain a regional edition of the event which can successfully alternate with the main Cleaning Show in London every two years.”

Vanessa Van Santen-Smith, Event Director for Quartz said: “The feedback we have received from exhibitors and visitors has been remarkable and we’re thrilled that the Manchester Cleaning Show is now established as a regular date in the calendar for cleaning, hygiene and FM professionals.

“It’s now full steam ahead as we look forward to the Cleaning Show in London in March 2019 where we will see an even larger number of major international brands, and more domestic and overseas visitors, attending what is the UK’s premiere cleaning event.”

View more information about the next Cleaning Show here  

A few photos from some of Quartz Business Media's events

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