UBM Sinoexpo acquires a stake in China Vending & Kiosk and Shanghai Digital Signage Shows

china vendingSHANGHAI, Dec. 16, 2013 – UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co Ltd (UBM Sinoexpo), one of UBM Asia’s joint venture companies in China, today announces that it has acquired the China Vending & Kiosk Show, the Shanghai Digital Signage Show, and their co-located shows from Shanghai Tiansheng Exhibition Service Co., Ltd (Tiansheng) in Shanghai and will organise the shows from 2014 onwards.

The annual China Vending & Kiosk Show is the largest tradeshow of its kind in Asia. It was launched in 2004 and has grown in line with the development of the vending retail market in China since then. Key exhibiting categories at the show include automatic vending machines for food, beverages, medicines, books and newspapers. The show also covers self-service systems such as water and beverage dispensers, laundry machines and coin-operated amusement machines. Products at the show also include self-service terminals, solutions and equipment, together with parts and accessories for vending machines. Show visitors comprise representatives of organisations within the global automatic vending industry, distributors, agents, supermarkets, retailers, service providers, government and purchasing departments in corporations.

The Shanghai Digital Signage Show was launched in 2009 and is held alongside the China Vending & Kiosk Show. It covers digital signage and advertising systems, large screen display systems, LCD/LED display systems, touch screen and other display panels, HD transmission systems, and related solutions and equipment. The show’s exhibitors include display panel manufacturers, IT solution vendors, touch equipment manufacturers and software companies. Visitors to the show are drawn from the advertising and media industries, retail showrooms, construction companies, rail stations, airports, banks, government etc. In September 2013, the two shows attracted a total of 15,455 visitors and occupied over 17,000 square metres of gross exhibition area.

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The rapid increase in labour costs in China and the rise of a new generation of consumers have had a positive impact on the automation and self-service industries. The expansion of the rail and aviation network in China also adds a further boost to demand for vending machines. With growing demand for higher quality, more versatile, networked and interactive signage, and easy-to-operate outdoor advertising equipment as used by retailers, banks, airports, railway stations, and other public venues and facilities, the usage of digital signage in China is clearly set to expand.

Jimé Essink, President & CEO of UBM Asia, said: “China is a big potential market for these two industries. We aim to bring in more overseas participation with our international network and large database to take these two leading and professional events to a new level. The China Vending & Kiosk Show and Shanghai Digital Signage Show also complement the annual Hotelex Shanghai and the co-located Expo Shop China show organised by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo.”

In April 2103 Hotelex attracted over 1,500 exhibitors and with its co-located shows, welcomed a record-breaking 70,557 visitors.

Zhang Xinyuan, owner and General Manager of Tiansheng said: “Vending machines and digital industries are experiencing a great boom in China now and I firmly believe that the development of these two shows will accelerate with this co-operation with UBM Asia and UBM Sinoexpo. We both look forward to offering our clients improved services and a larger platform for their business and markets in China.”

The show teams will move into the UBM Sinoexpo office building to work with the UBM Sinoexpo teams. Mr Zhang will continue to lead these project teams and work with the project managers of Hotelex and Expo Shop teams, reporting directly to Zhang Xue Qiang, Managing Director of UBM Sinoexpo.