Change of ownership for vision and photonics exhibitions

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IPOT, MTEC and their sister exhibitions have been sold by Trident Exhibitions to Californian exhibition organiser Canon Communications.

The vision, photonics and instrumentation shows, together with the Practical Vacuum and Machine Building, Drives and Automation exhibitions, normally coincide every February in Birmingham. They have already appeared with Canon’s own MedTec and 3C shows, which proved to be a great success with a natural shared interest between the six shows.

Canon Communications has stated it plans to further develop and promote the shows as a coordinated resource for the UK’s manufacturing and design industries. The first shows directed by Canon will take place on 12 – 14 February 2008 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Helen Thewlis, Trident’s managing director said: ‘It is obviously sad to say goodbye to exhibitions we have known and developed over the years. However, we will still keep our involvement in the market through our regional shows, which are the three Instrumentation Series events and Displays Technology South.’