XPO Exhibitions Ltd

Level 1, 99-107 Khyber Pass Rd,
Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand
PO Box 9682, Newmarket, Auckland

Phone: 09 976 8300
Fax: 09 379 3358

Media

For all media enquires contact:

Irene Smith
Phone: 09 976 8352
Fax: 09 379 3358

XPO People

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Brent Spillane

Brent Spillane

Director
“Being part of a team that creates a world-class platform for NZ businesses to meet face to face, network, and buy and sell their latest products is extremely rewarding. The amount of trade sales that our exhibitors achieve at our events is important for NZ business and the overall economy….and I am proud to be a part of that.”
Irene Smith

Irene Smith

Group Marketing Manager
"We just love to hear about good news stories and positive customer experiences. When exhibitors, visitors and conference attendees tell us that our event exceeded their expectations, recommending us and our events to their industry peers and colleagues – our team can be satisfied at a job well done. We’re all Exhibitionists at heart! "
Nick Batty

Nick Batty

Trade Shows Operations Manager
“Refined ex pat POHM, with a desire for danger and detail, seeks exhibitors with love for knowledge, humor and need of a forklift. Keep Calm and Carry On.”
Sandra Gorringe

Sandra Gorringe

Exhibition Sales Manager
“The vibrant face to face environment of events always gets me excited. Exhibitions have been a part of my whole family’s life for more than 18 years.  My husband, Neil, and our 2 grown-up children, Mace and Rose, have all been roped in as regular helpers at XPO events!  ”
Rob Lavender

Rob Lavender

Exhibition Sales Manager
“The ability to maintain and create industry events that encompass flair, innovation, new technology, state of the art design, and education for New Zealand Industrial Sectors is something that I really enjoy being part of. When it all comes together there’s a great sense of achievement.”
Vanessa White

Vanessa White

Exhibition Sales Manager
“Networking & selling face to face with your clients at exhibitions are a great way to do business and have some fun along the way!  From music, food & wine festivals to trade events, every show is exciting, bringing together a diverse group of people, sights and sounds. The XPO team love to create events with personality ”
Aad Van der Poel

Aad Van der Poel

Exhibition Sales Manager

Nothing beats the face to face contact in the sales process. That’s why exhibitions are still the best marketing platform to generate quality leads and build long term client relationships. I thrive on delivering the B2B environment for exhibitors to be successful in and I’m always looking at ways to assist them to become even more profitable.

Neil Cording

Neil Cording

Exhibition Sales Manager

I take great pride in being customer focused and love helping all of our clients and visitors whether I’m in the office or at the Fair. If you ask nicely I might even play my trumpet for you!

Vicki Alach

Vicki Alach

Event Co-ordination Manager
“It’s the satisfaction of watching an exhibitor’s panic turn to calm on opening day, enjoying a laugh with exhibitors and the show team, then seeing a years’ worth of hard work come to fruition; that’s what has made organising events for the last 7 years so much fun.”
Jeff Edbrook

Jeff Edbrooke

Marketing Administrator
The final results are the best part of working at XPO. Seeing a vibrant trade exhibition come together, connecting businesses with customers is a great experience. The positive feedback that we receive from both exhibitors and visitors, with new business relationships starting after each exhibition makes the work that goes into it all worthwhile.

Janelle McCorquindale

Janelle McCorquindaleFinance Manager
“The XPO team are all hard working dedicated people. My role as Finance Manager for XPO is as varied and interesting as the many Trade Shows we host.”
Alyssa Thorp

Alyssa Thorp

Administrations Coordinator
“It is great to be part of a team that creates successful and acclaimed events. I love having the opportunity to build on my University knowledge and learn from the many years of practical experience within the company.”

News

XPO Exhibitions Wins Prestigious Industry Awards.

XPO exhibitions New Zealand’s largest trade exhibition and event organiser is pleased to announce that we beat the Aussies winning 2 prestigious awards at the 2013 EEAA Awards for Excellence including, Best Trade Show under 10,000m2 and Best NZ Show overall.

Being the only NZ entrant in the Best Trade Show under 10,000m2 category and up against leading Australian exhibition and event organisers the small NZ team at XPO were considered the under dogs. Judges said...

The Trade event and exhibition industry is vibrant  and abuzz with innovation, world first launches and solid expansion. While many may believe that social media and online technology is the out front leader in modern sales and marketing, Auckland based company XPO Exhibitions knows differently.

“Trade Shows are enjoying an incredible resurgence in popularity in New Zealand,” says managing director Brent Spillane. “People tend to have a preconceived idea that New Zealand is too small to host quality industry exhibitions, but that’s just not true,” says Brent. “Many world first innovations are being launched at our existing industry events and we estimate hundreds of millions of dollars in trade is happening onsite each year. This win is a signal to the industry that the Kiwis produce award winning events that sit on a level with the best in the world. “

The future looks bright with continued development and innovation including the launch of XPO’s newest event Canterbury buildnz | designex due to run July 31st – August 2nd 2014. At 90% sold already the show is definitely filling a need for the Canterbury region as it embarks on the biggest rebuild of a major NZ city.

In addition,  XPO’s portfolio has increased to 13 brands through its recent acquisition of Hayley Media Exhibitions as it continues to focus on growth and development in this exciting industry. XPO events include, New Zealand Gift & Homewares Fairs, Engineering Machinery & Electronics Exhibition (EMEX), Foodtech Packtech, BuildNZ, Designex, MyBiz Expo, The National Safety Show, MHL (Materials Handling & Logistics) Show, SouthMACH and the South Island Hospitality Show.

Finalists included:
Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2
Integrate
Diversified Exhibitions

Security Exhibition and Conference
Diversified Exhibitions

BuildNZ I Designex
XPO Exhibitions Ltd

Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia (ATSA) Daily Living Expo
Interpoint Events

Entech
Exhibitions and Trade Fairs

Best NZ Show:
BuildNZ I Designex
XPO Exhibitions Ltd

The Baby Show NZ
North Port Events

Face-to-face flourishing in the digital age.

It’s a vibrant industry, abuzz with innovation, world first launches and solid expansion. While many may believe that social media and online technology is the out front leader in modern sales and marketing, Auckland based company XPO Exhibitions knows differently.

“Trade Shows are enjoying an incredible resurgence in popularity in New Zealand,” says managing director Brent Spillane as he today announces the major acquisition of HAYLEYMEDIA’s trade exhibition division.

The purchase of The National Safety Show, MHL (Materials Handling & Logistics) Show, SouthMACH and the South Island Hospitality Show will take place on the 30th September 2013.

“People tend to have a preconceived idea that New Zealand is too small to host quality industry exhibitions, but that’s just not true,” says Brent. “Many world first innovations are being launched at our existing industry events and we estimate hundreds of millions of dollars in trade is happening onsite each year.

“We continue to receive serious attention from local and central government who consider our ten existing B2B Trade events as prime ways to communicate with industry and encourage export growth.  One example was an ATEED-supported New Zealand Food Innovation Showcase which took place at our last Foodtech Packtech show.

“XPO has a growing database containing more than 140,000 unique (mostly SME) business visitors who have attended our shows in the past three years. These numbers have been authenticated by the Circulations Audit Board of Australasia who verifies the attendance at each show.

“This surge in attendance is attracting growing marketing budgets from many hundreds of business exhibitors.  Businesses are seeing value in selling their business products face-to-face with target industry customers.

“No sensible B2B marketer would argue the conversion rate statistics from selling face-to-face versus a Google ad.”

XPO’s acquisition will see the four large scale shows added to the company’s current line-up which includes the New Zealand Gift & Homewares Fairs, Engineering Machinery & Electronics Exhibition (EMEX), Foodtech Packtech, BuildNZ, Designex and MyBiz Expo.

Adding even more gunpowder to XPO’s planned growth and expansion is the recent appointment of Tony Waite, former GM Sales at TVNZ.

“Tony is our new National Events and Sales Director and his appointment is a big statement about where our events business is heading,” says Brent. “Tony is leading our new five year plan which includes a new major events strategy for the company. We’re on a mission right now to create meaningful exhibitions for growing trade sectors across New Zealand.

“With the addition of HAYLEYMEDIA’s trade exhibitions, and our growth into new sectors,  XPO is now covering a wider range of industries including engineering, electronics, manufacturing, technology, machinery, safety, logistics and handling, building and construction,  design, architecture, gift and home wares, business services, food, packaging and hospitality.

“Our immediate priorities are bedding down the new brands and communicating the good news to our customers,” he says.

“The HAYLEYMEDIA team have worked tirelessly to create strong show brands. We plan to build and further grow the shows – cross selling the new shows to our existing customers, as well as giving new customers reasons to consider our event format.

“XPO will be rolling out our bespoke visitor registration technology to the newly acquired shows. This allows exhibitors to better qualify and followup leads via permission-based scanning to retain visitor contact details. The acquisition also allows XPO to extend value to our growing list of event sponsors who are offering products and services tailored to each industry.”

Sponsors include Ford, BNZ and 2 Degrees Mobile who are all enjoying exclusive engagement in their respective fields with industry visitors at events. “Ford Motor Company of New Zealand recently reaffirmed its belief in the power of XPO by extending another two years of sponsorship deals, including many more car giveaways at the shows,” says Brent.

BACKGROUND
In 2010 the Spillane family purchased New Zealand’s largest Trade Exhibitions portfolio from dmg world media nz ltd (part of the Daily Mail Group UK).

Those events include three annual NZ Gift & Homewares Fairs, EMEX, Foodtech Packtech, buildnz and designex.  The Spillane family have been intimately involved with the NZ Gift & Homewares Fairs since their inception in the early eighties.  The acquisition of the three HAYLEYMEDIA shows will compliment and consolidate XPO’s current businesses.

HAYLEYMEDIA owner Andy Hobbs is considered one of the most experienced show organisers in New Zealand.  A former Christchurch Press newspaper salesman, Andy pioneered the trade show industry in this country in 1972. He sold his company, XPO Exhibitions, to dmg world media Ltd in 2000 (part of the Daily Mail Group UK).

Andy established Hayley Media in 2002. His daughter Rachel Hobbs-Price has been an important part of the business and has been involved one way or another since she was eight years old. She has worked full time with Andy for the last 25 years, in her role as HAYLEYMEDIA’s exhibition director.

With the divestment of the trade exhibition arm of his business, Andy will now focus his energies on running HAYLEYMEDIA’s leading trade magazines NZ Engineering News, NZ Food Technology and Machinery Seller.

Says Andy: “We think XPO will continue to deliver a quality exhibition experience across the shows and our magazines will continue to advocate and strongly support these events.”

From Brent: “Andy has more than 40 years’ experience running exhibitions and as the (relative) new guy on the block I’m keen to tap into that knowledge base.”

Media Enquiries: Irene Smith irene@xpo.co.nz 09 976 8352

Vibrant building and design sector benefits

Evidence is strong that New Zealand’s building and design sectors are generally doing well, with interest in their premier event delighting industry association and event organisers. buildnz designex is set to be one of the best yet, showing that the industry is strong and there is confidence in the future. Endorsed by the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association, BRANZ, the NZ Institute of Architects, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark, the event benefits everyone from suppliers through contractors to home and building owners.

Rob Lavender from buildnz designex organiser XPO Exhibitions says suppliers have flocked to the event to such a degree that available floor space is extremely limited. “Obviously there is a lot of confidence that the years ahead will be good for those involved with or connected to building and design. The level of interest from offshore is also high, and that also bodes well.”

buildnz designex is both the country’s biggest industry trade show and a learning opportunity, with onsite seminars to help those attending stay right up-to-date, including many that contribute to professional development requirements for some professions and trades. “This is a trade-only event and is a must-attend on the calendar of everyone serious about their business,” says Rob. “It’s also the only place in New Zealand where those in the industry can see the very latest technology and developments over just a few days.”

One of the areas that many visitors will be interested in is energy efficiency.

“We believe lighting is an art form and should therefore be beautiful,” says Shinewe Technology research and development manager David Huang. “Lighting is a combination of design, innovation and quality. This philosophy is incorporated into our LED bulbs by utilizing excellent thermal solutions and traditional classic design. Our AC LED solutions provide energy efficient light bulbs that do not require inefficient transformers and heat sinks. This heat efficiency management means that our LED light bulbs will last longer than others.”

Power consumption is also important when considering things like lifts and escalators says KONE’s Terry Viccars. “KONE is a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry and has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and moving walks as well as innovative solutions for modernisation and maintenance. At buildnz designex KONE will introduce the latest generation of its MonoSpace® elevator. This new range of elevators is based on years of intensive research of both our customer needs and the possibilities of new technology. The range offers best in class eco-efficiency that cuts the carbon footprint of a building, industry-leading ride comfort for the best possible passenger experience, and award-winning design that helps a building stand out. We’ll also be introducing the latest release of our commercial escalator, the TravelMaster 110, and the infrastructure escalator, the TransitMaster 120. New features include new eco-efficiency, end user safety and visual design options as well as new technical improvements.”

Bahman Al Nadaf of Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd is also passionate about energy efficiency. “Energy is becoming more and more expensive and there is a need for 21st century solutions to utilize renewable sources of energy. Hot Water Heat Pump is a solution provider/manufacturer of water heating and chilling heat pumps, with 31 years of experience. There are many benefits of Performance Plus heat pumps, including providing a uniform desired set temperature throughout the heating season no matter what the weather is like. They’re also cheaper to run because they use renewable energy, and are safer and cleaner to run than a gas or diesel fossil fuel burner as well. Add to that easy installation and operation as well as average efficiency of 300 to 500% and New Zealand manufacture and you’re clearly onto a winner.”

Also locally-manufactured is Dimond, a name synonymous with roll forming and roofing in New Zealand for over 40 years.  Dimond’s Campbell Glennie says this success is exemplified by the development and introduction of the revolutionary new, award-winning, commercial profile DP955. “It has taken the industry by storm. It’s unique, unrivalled, arch shape provides superior resistance to foot traffic due to the stiffness of the double Arch unlike any other commercial profile on the market. After recent FEA modelling testing it still appears to be the strongest profile on the market. On the back of this success we have commissioned another DP955 Roll Former to be situated in Christchurch, which will assist in the Christchurch rebuild over the coming years and are looking forward to helping rebuild the city with the latest in roofing innovation.”

Innovation is the name of the game for the locally-designed QWICKBUILD system by OUTDURE as well says Craig Fountain. “It’s transforming the way decks are built with a revolutionary system of high-quality, multi-purpose components that eliminate decking construction issues of durability, sustainability, slow installation and structural integrity. After developing the successful range of ECO-DECKING boards, we found there still wasn’t an efficient way to build the structural deck frames, especially on waterproof membranes (typical on leaky buildings) and the industry was calling out for a solution. Every aspect of home construction has progressed with technology, all except the way we build decks. The industry still uses basic building materials and traditional assembly methods. The timber is dramatically affected by moisture and is time-intensive to assemble onsite. QWICKBUILD is a made to measure, pre-assembled deck frame system, using structural aluminium beams and because it is fast and easy to install, the QWICKBUILD system is a cost competitive solution.”

Auckland builder Colin MacFadyen says that after getting frustrated with what moisture does to timber decks and frames, he was pleased to come across QWICKBUILD. “I’ve already installed it in six properties and I am stoked, and so are my clients. You wouldn’t expect it to compare in cost, but it’s simply a case of a well-designed system, using better materials that are faster to install. So when you compare the QWICKBUILD deck system to a pine sub frame for the same cost, it’s a no-brainer.”
“We’re rapt with the response to QWICKBUILD from homeowners, builders and architects. We believe we have a solution that solves a lot of problems for a lot of people and are excited to be working on a variety of projects from homes in Christchurch right through to resorts abroad,” adds Craig Fountain.

One exhibitor that is committed to ensuring that commercial furniture meets the same requirements as the buildings it’s in is New Zealand manufacturer West Tec. “Environmental footprint, sustainability and the right price to quality ratio are the three main considerations for us,” says Darin Kitching. “Whether fitting out a new building or undertaking an office make over, West Tec can offer a full service from design consultation and spatial planning, through local manufacturing, to project management and installation. With 20 years of experience and many long-term staff we can add tremendous value to any project, and local manufacturing means a fast turnaround.”

Polyflor New Zealand also specialises on what goes inside buildings says Melissa Allington. “We specialise in vinyl flooring for residential and commercial applications, including specialist vinyl for sport and safety applications and for applications where anti-static flooring is required. At buildnz designex we will be launching a whole new colour palette to one of our popular flooring ranges called Expona Design, a 3mm thick luxury vinyl tile or plank product designed for commercial areas.  Modern vinyl flooring is full of colour, realistic wood and stone looks and plenty of other options for endless design possibilities. There are also environmental benefits including Ecospecifier Green Tag certification and recyclability.”
Another local business that prides itself on quality and sustainability is Terrazzo & Stoneworks NZ. “Terrazzo products are manufactured right here in New Zealand and are suitable for all commercial and residential applications including stair treads, cladding, in-situ flooring, floor tiles, pool surrounds and bench tops,” says Iain Hobson. “Terrazzo is famous for its beauty, versatility and durability which has seen our products specified by New Zealand’s top architects for landmark projects such as the Aotea centre plaza steps, Auckland Art Gallery flooring and Jellicoe wharf street furniture. The original ‘green’ building product, the art of Terrazzo began 500 years ago with the creative recycling of marble and granite chips by Venetian master craftsmen. With three generations of knowledge manufacturing Terrazzo in New Zealand, our experts know how Terrazzo can contribute towards achieving environmental accreditation on any project. There is also our stunning range of Fibonacci Stone tiles, the thinnest and strongest on the market exclusively available in New Zealand through Terrazzo & Stoneworks NZ.”

Site Safe NZ Inc is a not for profit, industry-led organisation that promotes a culture of safety in the New Zealand construction industry. With its extensive membership, partnerships and networks, Site Safe supports and influences a culture of safety through a nationwide network of health and safety professional advisors and industry groups, says Nicky Duff. “This year, Site Safe will assist buildnz designex visitors with finding the best health and safety solution for their company, whether they need an entire health and safety system, training, auditing or coaching. Site Safe will also demonstrate the benefits of AppCon, a health and safety pre-qualification database for tendering subcontractors. Developed and facilitated by Site Safe NZ Inc and Bware, AppCon originated in Canterbury, and has launched nationally earlier this year.”

XPO’s Rob Lavender says German industry representatives are back this year in force. “After the successful launch of the ‘Made in Germany’ pavilion at buildnz 2011, the New Zealand German Business Association will again bring together German know-how and Kiwi ingenuity – but on an even bigger scale. This year’s pavilion will be more than 300 sqm with 16 exhibitors confirmed so far, showcasing their products and services ‘Made in Germany’. Amongst them will be Knauf Plasterboard Australia, a subsidiary of the German Knauf Group, which was recently awarded a government contract for the supply of plasterboard in Christchurch. Also participating are well-known brands such as Robert Bosch and Hansgrohe Pty. There’s also Ardex, supplier of tiling, fitting and waterproofing products, Dorma, provider of quality building solutions and a number of other suppliers of building and design-related products. There’s a lot more detail at www.buildnz.com/germanpavilion.

“There’s a new part to the show called SPLASH! As well. This sort of commitment, as well as that from companies from all over the region, shows that the signs are good for the industry. SPLASH!, for example, will showcase high-end pool and related equipment, signalling that suppliers see the New Zealand industry as being vibrant and exciting. Builders will similarly see much of interest, and also be able to take advantage of attractive show-only deals and specials.”

“There’ll be plenty of fun and valuable networking time too, and one lucky attendee will win a brand-new Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost worth $52,990,” says Rob. “More than 5,000 trade visitors know the value of attending and everyone serious about success should join them.”
buildnz designex 2013 will be held Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors. Online pre-registration and entry are free at www.buildnz.com
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Building’s biggest is back

buildnz designex is back for 2013 and has a huge amount to offer builders. buildnz designex 2013 is endorsed by the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association, BRANZ, the NZ Institute of Architects, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark – some of which will hold seminars onsite which will help builders and those in associated trades stay right up-to-date.

“As a targeted trade-only event, entry is free for those who pre-register online, and it really is a must-attend on the calendar of everyone serious about success,” says XPO Exhibition’s Rob Lavender. “As well as support from industry associations, suppliers have flocked to the event and floor space is close to full, showing the value buildnz designex adds to the entire industry.”
Among the products on show will be innovative Kiwi designed and made deck and joist jacks and steel reinforcing pegs. Steve Gordon of Deckjak Systems notes “the products are fairly new to the market but sales are growing throughout the country, proving that they add real value. Our Deck Jak® System and Joist Jak® System are both unique. These provide rigid height adjustable proprietary support. The Deck Jak® System is designed to provide a raised trafficable surface above a waterproofing membrane or surfaces, and Joist Jak allows for levelling of a trafficable surface for deck areas on roofs, balconies or porches. Builders can also check out our Reo Pegs which support steel reinforcing bars and provide a height measure to which strip foundations are to be concrete poured.”
Other exhibitors will give builders some great new ideas to add value to their customers, including Living Walls from Twinning Valley Nurseries. “Hedges in a hurry are a great alternative to fences for builders, architects and property developers,” says Lisa Bowman. “Many people aren’t aware of this option. Why wait three, four or even more years for a beautiful hedge or settle for a wooden fence? Living Walls give builders the option of instant hedges to really finish off a home or other building.”

buildnz designex 2013 is a unique experience to see the greatest and latest industry equipment and technology from all around the world, as well as take advantage of the dozens of free seminars, says Rob Lavender.

“This year there are even more sector professional development opportunities and seminar presentations available to visitors, including many focused on the needs of builders and joiners.   Excluding NZIA CPD Day sessions, all seminars are free of charge and available to any attendee. This really adds value for the wider build, construction and design industries. It highlights a commitment to information and education that buildnz designex 2013 brings and how we are raising the bar for skill levels no matter how experienced or junior the person might be. There’s something for everyone.”

Rob Lavender says German industry representatives are back this year in force. “After the successful launch of the ‘Made in Germany’ pavilion at buildnz designex 2011, the New Zealand German Business Association will again bring together German know-how and Kiwi ingenuity – but on a bigger scale. This year’s pavilion will be more than 300 sqm with 14 exhibitors so far confirmed, showcasing their products and services that are ‘Made in Germany’. Amongst them will be Knauf Plasterboard Australia, a subsidiary of the German Knauf Group, which was recently awarded a government contract for plasterboard in Christchurch. Also participating are well-known brands such as Robert Bosch and Hansgrohe Pty, as well as Ardex, supplier of tiling, fitting and waterproofing products, and Dorma, provider of quality building solutions and a number of other suppliers of building and design-related products.

“Furthermore, an invitation-only networking function at the stand is in the planning. You can make a meeting request online at www.germantrade.co.nz/events/build_nz_meeting_request.asp.


“And there’s a new part to the show called SPLASH!. This sort of commitment, as well as that from companies from all over the region, shows that the signs are good for the industry. SPLASH!, for example, will showcase high-end pool and related equipment, signalling that suppliers see the New Zealand industry as being vibrant and exciting. Builders will similarly see much of interest, and also be able to take advantage of attractive show-only deals and specials.”
“There’ll be plenty of fun and valuable networking time too, and one lucky attendee will win a brand-new Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost worth $52,990,” says Rob. “More than 5,000 trade visitors know the value of attending and everyone serious about success should join them.”

buildnz designex 2013 will be held Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors. Online pre-registration and entry are free at www.buildnz.com
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Building trade invited to world-class event

buildnz designex 2013 will offer members of the building trade a unique experience to see the greatest and latest equipment and technology from all around the world, as well as take advantage of the dozens of free seminars.

“There’s still months to go but already more than 80% of the floor space has gone and we’re looking to add more,” says XPO Exhibition’s Rob Lavender. “It’s looking to be one of the best buildnz designex shows in recent years.”

Among those industry groups supporting buildnz designex 2013 is the NZ Institute of Architects, which is hosting two full days of CPD sessions for its members alongside the show.

“In addition to NZIA, buildnz designex is endorsed by the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association, BRANZ, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark,” says Rob.

“This year there are even more sector professional development opportunities and seminar presentations available to visitors, including many focused on the needs of builders, although visitors can attend many of the other sector seminars that look interesting.”

buildnz designex hosts the best and brightest products and services for the building, design and construction sectors, including structural systems, hardware, tools, flooring, surface finishes, interiors, lighting, textiles and more all there for visitors to get up close and personal with.

“German industry representatives are back this year in force, and there’s a new part to the show called SPLASH!. This sort of commitment, as well as that from companies from all over the region, shows that the signs are good for the industry. SPLASH!, for example, will showcase high-end pool and related equipment, signalling that suppliers see the New Zealand industry as being a vibrant and exciting growth market.

“There’ll be plenty of fun and valuable networking time too, and one lucky attendee will win a brand-new Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost worth $52,990,” says Rob. “More than 5,000 trade visitors know the value of attending and everyone serious about success should join them.”

buildnz designex 2013 will be held Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors. Online pre-registration and entry are free at www.buildnz.com
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Joiners will benefit at buildnz designex

buildnz designex 2013 will offer joiners a unique experience to see the greatest and latest industry equipment and technology from all around the world, as well as take advantage of the dozens of free seminars.

“There’re still months to go but already more than 85% of the floor space has gone and we’re looking to add more,” says XPO Exhibition’s Rob Lavender. “It’s looking to be one of the best buildnz designex shows in recent years and there’ll be plenty to interest joiners and related trades. We’re getting a lot of demand from local and international exhibitors as well as professional organisations, and the excitement is growing.”

Among those industry groups supporting buildnz designex 2013 is the NZ Institute of Architects, which is hosting two full days of CPD sessions for its members alongside the show.

“In addition to NZIA, buildnz designex is endorsed by the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association, BRANZ, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark – some of which intend to hold their own seminars onsite which illustrates the value this event adds to the entire industry,” says Rob.

“This year there are even more sector professional development opportunities and seminar presentations available to visitors, including many focused on the needs of joiners and builders.   Excluding NZIA CPD Day sessions, all seminars are free of charge and available to any attendee. This really adds value for the wider build, construction and design industries. It highlights a commitment to information and education that buildnz designex 2013 brings and how we are raising the bar for skill levels no matter how experienced or junior the person might be. There’s something for everyone.”

buildnz designex aims to host the best and brightest products and services for the building, design and construction sectors, including joinery, structural systems, hardware, tools, flooring, surface finishes, interiors, lighting, textiles and more all there for visitors to get up close and personal with.

One new exhibitor that all joiners should check out is the Natural House Company. Duncan Abrey says that his floor and joinery finishes, exterior cladding and deck oils are from pure plant chemistry, many made here in New Zealand. “Awareness of 'health based building' is becoming more and more mainstream and our products meet that need, yet durability and costs are on par with the best performing chemical based finishes commonly specified by the building industry. We will have a full range of products and sample boards on display at buildnz designex, plus specifier kits available, including many of our joinery products.”

Rob Lavender  says German industry representatives are back this year in force. “And there’s a new part to the show called SPLASH!. This sort of commitment, as well as that from companies from all over the region, shows that the signs are good for the industry. SPLASH!, for example, will showcase high-end pool and related equipment, signalling that suppliers see the New Zealand industry as being vibrant and exciting. Joiners will similarly see much of interest, and also be able to take advantage of attractive show-only deals and specials.”

“There’ll be plenty of fun and valuable networking time too, and one lucky attendee will win a brand-new Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost worth $52,990,” says Rob. “More than 5,000 trade visitors know the value of attending and everyone serious about success should join them.”

buildnz designex 2013 will be held Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors. Online pre-registration and entry are free at www.buildnz.com
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Taylor Road awarded the New Zealand GIA 2012-2013 award for Innovation and Excellence in Homewares Retailing

Take yourself back twenty years to the early 90’s, in the depths of the Blue Mountains Australia, nestled amongst a national park lay Taylor Road; a quaint village styled street, where neighbours were friends and friends were more like family. Every house was a home, warm and open. Children would flit through each property, stopping briefly for refreshments or supplies and recruiting numbers as they passed. Parents in pursuit would stop for a chat here or a cup of tea there, no one was rushed or stressed, a very happy place to live. To some this may sound like a fairytale, to Anne and John Heng it was simply their past and the inspiration for their heavenly new homeware store, Taylor Road.

In October 2012, Taylor Road was awarded the New Zealand GIA 2012 - 2013 award for Innovation and Excellence in Homewares Retailing. The couple will travel to Chicago in March 2013, for the International GIA Awards, where they will represent New Zealand amongst the twenty plus other national winners from around the globe. To meet the criteria in Retail Excellence required by the US governing body meant that Taylor Road had to excel in the innovation of all aspects of Homewares retailing from visual merchandising, web design, IT, store design through to staff involvement and customer service. With the launch of a brand new online store and retail expansion the Manawatu retailer was primed for an award of this caliber. However the achievement still came as a surprise to the owners, who said that, “although we see customers from all over the lower North Island, being recognised Nationally was really incredible. To be competing at an International level is just unbelievable.” It may be an astounding achievement for such a young store, but looking back at the rapid three year evolvement of this homeware gem, it is likely the first of many exciting achievements.

The store first opened in November 2009 as one of three independent franchises of the iconic New Zealand homewares retailer Nest. After Nest went in to receivership in late 2010 the three independents joined forces to continue the sale of some of New Zealand’s much loved dinnerware shapes and other quality products, under the group name Home Etc. Two years on, the Palmerston North store has undergone a massive expansion and refurbishment, tripling in floor space from the original Nest store. Now reopened as the independently owned retailer, Taylor Road, the name is one to watch. Partnering with major brands such as Wallace Cotton, TleafT and Ecoya, as well as their own range sourced from around the world, they have provided a quality shopping destination with a real point of difference.

The name and brand, Taylor Road, proposed and designed by Anne and John’s 22 year-­‐old daughter, Hannah, was selected to embody everything you could want in a home. As she says, “Taylor Road was where I grew up, it was my first home and to me it means family and the enjoyment of being surrounded by a beautiful home filled with beautiful people and beautiful memories. This is what we want people to feel when they are welcomed into our store.” And welcomed you will be! A smile seems to be a permanent fixture on the faces of the lovely staff members always willing to help or advise. The calming blue and green tones, will help ease even the most tightly wound up folk, while wide isles have been establish to allow for strollers, wheelchairs and even mobility scooters.

Taylor Road is a store for everyone and has something to ‘add a touch of beautiful to every room in your home’.

NZIA holds professional training sessions at designex 2013

The New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is announcing it is hosting the 2013 NZIA Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminars alongside New Zealand’s leading building and construction industry event, buildnz designex 2013.

Buildnz designex has been running for more than 26 years serving the building, architecture, design and specifier sectors with a biennial three-day exhibition of leading products and services providers, and complimented with seminars for on-going professional training requirements.

Beverley McRae, NZIA Chief Executive says, “It made sense to align our professional development seminars with buildnz designex. Given the large numbers of architect members (and sponsor partners) historically attending this vital industry event, it provides an unequalled opportunity for our members to network with the wider construction industry. We’re looking forward to working with the organisers to deliver a lively event for our members and, indeed, the wider industry.”

Beverley says that NZIA will be working closely with organisers XPO Exhibitions to arrange two full days of seminars for its members. “We’ll be delivering a seminar line-up from leading architects, specifiers and build designers across New Zealand and Australia. There is a serious pipeline of work in the build, design and architectural services and the landscape has never been so challenging.”

“Consider the issues facing our sector – we have the Christchurch rebuild, the growing lack of supply of new home builds in Auckland, and the nationwide rework addressing leaky buildings – all of these issues on a standalone basis are creating a major challenge for the wider industry in the coming years. Consider also the strong pipeline of commercial build projects, and these are very exciting times for the industry, but also times where we must ensure everyone involved is delivering a world-class standard of work.”
The NZIA CPD Days and indeed buildnz designex 2013 will arm the industry with tools, ideas, inspiration and professional training to deliver on that standard.

The NZIA says the co-location is beneficial to share ideas and networking between member architects and builders.
Networking is one area that XPO Exhibitions says it will be looking to improve on with local and central government planning organisations invited to foster better ties between industry and council planning organisations, among others. “We will be approaching major councils and government  bodies to be at buildnz designex 2013 to network and talk with members about challenges facing this next phase of growth for the construction and design industries,” says XPO’s managing director, Brent Spillane. “Organisations already closely aligned to buildnz designex 2013 include the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, Department of Building and Housing, and BRANZ. The Registered Master Builders Federation hosted its own conference at the last buildnz designex. We had more than 5000 industry professional visits across the three days who were all there to see new product offerings and attend a myriad of professional seminar sessions from leading experts, as well as hearing from industry heads and senior members of parliament.
“Visitor attendance at these seminars and, indeed, the NZIA member attendance to CPD days in 2013, will play an important role in maintaining professional qualifications for these trade professionals.”
Other initiatives in 2013 will include:

  • NZIA CPD Days – two days of seminars attracting more than 500 member architects
  • RMBF lead build seminars – three days of seminars targeted to NZ builders from across the nation
  • SPLASH feature – pools and spas
  • 200+ exhibitors expected from leading build, design and interiors companies
  • Visitor promotion where one lucky attendee will win a brand-new Ford

Buildnz designex 2013 will be held Sunday 23rd to Tuesday 25th June at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors.
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For more information contact:
Irene Smith – Group Marketing Manager
Phone: 09 976 8352
email: irene@xpo.co.nz

Printing and packaging vital to food sector

Every two years thousands of the top people in New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar food sector descend on Auckland for the three biggest days in the industry’s business calendar. Foodtech Packtech attracts the cream of the crop because it’s the only place where they can network with their peers and also get up close and hands on with the newest and best technology from around the world.

Foodtech Packtech 2012 exhibitors have recognised the importance of proper packaging and informative labelling to the food industry, and there is a strong turnout from exhibitors focusing on this area, covering everything from food hygiene and safety to consumer marketing and brand presence.
Phil Etheridge of Apex Printing & Packaging Engineering Ltd says it is the only company in New Zealand to fully design and manufacture complete labelling systems. “It is our sole mission to make the best, most cost effective and reliable labelling machines possible. We look at each project and create the designs and equipment that specifically suit the desired application. Our equipment is made from high grade stainless steel, and has the unique feature of being able to be handed either left to right or visa versa. The electrics, bearings, sensors and many other parts are readily available throughout New Zealand, a particular design feature to minimise any possible machinery downtime – no more waiting for parts to come in from overseas, which can take weeks.”

Jenkins Group is another exhibitor that will be providing visitors with new options and great ideas. “Jenkins is continuously pushing the limits with technology and investment,” says Cherie Chappell. “A dedicated team ensures we stay up to date with the latest innovations in label technology including the worldwide introduction of quick response (QR) and snap codes. Connecting with the end user is increasingly important, and you can do this many ways. Interactive packaging is becoming increasingly appealing to the everyday consumer. Packaging design is not all about visual appearance. Texture can add an alternative dimension and leave you with a lasting impression. Textured inks give definition, create an exciting feel and add an element of interest to the design.

“Traditional print uses embossing to add dimension and is still available today. The use of gloss and matt varnishes can promote design and add layers along with interest to labels. The range of foils available is extensive including a pattern selection with holographic imagery that we are very excited to work with. Jenkins Group is continuing to manufacture an increasingly high number of emerging design labels using texture, foils and varnish to give label design an on-going point of difference.”

Foodtech Packtech is a trade-only event with free entry for those who register online at www.foodtechpacktech.co.nz. One lucky visitor will win a $65,000 Ford Territory TS AWD vehicle just by having their visitor badge scanned at the Ford stand. Foodtech Packtech is on at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 25 to 27 September.
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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

Exhibitors go all out for FoodTech Packtech

Foodtech Packtech is the premier food & beverage technology and packaging technology industry event. That’s no idle boast as the commitment from local and international exhibitors proves.

US-based NatureWorks LLC will be showcasing its Inge biopolymer, which is derived from an abundant 100 percent annually renewable plant resource instead of the traditional oil. “Carbon is captured in these plant resources, sequestered from the atmosphere during plant photosynthesis, and stored in the starch found in the grain of the plant,” says Rick Poynter. “The starch is then converted into natural sugars and NatureWorks uses these as Ingeo’s fundamental building block. Through a process of fermentation, separation and polymerization, the carbon and other elements in the natural sugars are transformed into Ingeo.

“Ingeo resins and fibres are a significant step towards a better future. Replacing petroleum with an annually renewable resource for the production of plastics and fibres reduces fossil fuel dependency and is a positive step toward carbon-neutral manufacturing and more sustainable processes and products. The production of Ingeo uses significantly less non-renewable energy, and generates significantly lower CO2 emissions when compared with all traditional oil-based polymers. Compared to PET, for example, Ingeo reduces fossil fuel usage by 47 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 59 percent. Ingeo biopolymer is used to create a full and diverse range of finished consumer lifestyle goods including clothing, home wares, and personal care products as well as food packaging, appliances, auto parts, consumer electronics, and durable goods.”

A local manufacturer with a regular presence at Foodtech Packtech is Marlborough-based Cuddon Freeze Dry. From a start in the 60s, the company has built an international reputation for its equipment. “Vacuum freeze drying is a unique method of processing which removes 99% of moisture, resulting in a superior product which generally retains the colour, form and most importantly nutritional value,” says Robyn Cuddon. “Freeze Drying was developed during WW2 for the preservation of plasma and since been adapted for an amazing myriad of applications. Food processing, pharmaceutical and nutraceautical/health food  production are prime examples along with the dairy industry, pet food, taxidermy and surprisingly, the disaster recovery removal of moisture from water damaged documents, books and art works and even exhumed artefacts like bones and ships timbers.

“Any product that contains moisture can be dried. It’s first frozen solid, then vacuum freeze drying removes the product moisture (ice) over a 24 hour cycle by a process called sublimation (vaporisation under a vacuum). The process is ideal for heat sensitive or complex products and makes for long term preservation. Unlike air drying, freeze drying produces a very consistent and even product that can be milled. Freeze dried product will maintain its bio-activity and is preferred for encapsulation due to the rapid reconstitution factor, for example vaccinations.”
Australian company J L Lennard will have a lot for visitors to see Foodtech Packtech 2012, including a next-generation x-ray system for contaminant detection and product inspection, an in-line process analyser, Versa checkweighers, fully-automated control of difficult products, and a breakthrough in signal processing technology says Tony DiNallo.

“We’ll be showing the benefits of the Thermo Scientific Xpert C400, a next-generation x-ray system for contaminant detection and product inspection. It combines high sensitivity with durability to meet food manufacturers’ needs for increased detection standards. At the same time it lowers the total cost of ownership for x-ray detection. It is a high performance, yet robust, machine that finds contaminants other systems miss, and it minimises those annoying false rejects. The Xpert C400 easily detects metal, glass, dense plastics and other contaminants in packaged food, and can also analyse an x-ray image to estimate weight, fill-and-count, and check that the correct objects are inside a packaged item.
“Other technology that sees through products is the Thermo Fisher Scientific’s eScan in-line process analyser,” says Tony. “Patented Guided Microwave Spectrometer (GMS) technology measures key product constituents and offers greater control of food quality and ensures optimal efficiency of each line. GMS enables eScan to ‘see through’ product and provide instant information about such key properties as fat, protein, moisture, oil, salt, brix, pH and acidity, letting manufacturers know if their content deviates from target set-points without having to stop the line, and without costly lab testing. It is ideal for analysing meat, pureed fruit and vegetables, seafood, dairy, snack foods, nut butters, confectionery, orange juice, pet food, ice cream, and margarine/butter/cheese - virtually any pump-able food product.

“Metal detection has also got better, with a breakthrough in signal processing technology that enables detection of smaller-diameter metals in products – without creating unwanted false rejects – than ever before. Thermo Scientific’s Intellitrack XR software affords the highest level of protection for manufacturers and consumers, and is now a standard feature on its family of APEX metal detectors, which are sold and serviced in Australasia through JL Lennard.
“Versa checkweighers are popular worldwide because of their accuracy, speed, ease-of-use and versatility. Their modular design and quick release-and-disconnect capabilities mean easier maintenance and greater uptime. Another weighing technology visitors can find more about is Multipond weighers. Sticky products such as fresh or marinated meat, poultry and fish are difficult to handle, which normally results in them being weighed manually. But Multipond has developed a special stepped profile for the feed trays and central distribution cone of its standard multi-head weighing machines that enables fully-automated control of difficult products. This simple yet effective solution is gentle on the product, and the profile is easy to clean. The patented profile minimises the contact surface between the product and the cone and/or the feed tray surface, which leads to lower product adhesion. The product is not exposed to any additional mechanical influences, except for the usual vibration from the feed trays.”

Khalid Saou of France’s Lagarde says it is the inventor and the worldwide leader in the manufacture and commercialisation of steam and air retorts, and is the first autoclave manufacturer to be absolutely committed to sustainable development. “Lagarde offers customers a thermal treatment solution (sterilisation, pasteurization or cooking) suitable to their needs regardless their products and packages. The list includes raw or processed fruits and vegetables, meat and meat-based products, raw milk and dairy products, fish and sea food, ready meals, baby food, pet food and more. Package types include tin or aluminium cans, glass jars, plastic bottles, pouches, carton boxes, plastic trays and so on.”

Hach Pacific will have all its new products at Foodtech Packtech 2012 says Sally-Anne Port-Louis. “Hach Pacific provides customers with access to the largest offering and highest quality of lab and process water analytics as well as outstanding service and application support.  Hach Pacific also supplies other products including leak detection and pipe and cable location equipment, which can be easily bundled with water quality analytics. We are proud to bring you more than 60 years of water analytics leadership in product innovation, service and support.”
Formula Foods Instrumentation will also have some of the latest technology on the market to show. “PBI-Dansensor has developed a revolutionary new ‘smart’ gas mixer for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP),” says Bob Olayo. “The MAP Mix Provectus uses an entirely new operating principle to produce a remarkably compact, powerful, versatile and easy-to-use gas mixing system. The MAP Mix Provectus can be coupled to PBI-Dansensor’s latest gas analyser, MAP Check 3, to provide constant monitoring and automatic adjustment of mixture and flow to achieve maximum efficiency.

“The launch of MAP Mix Provectus coincides with the unveiling of PBI-Dansensor’s latest gas analyser, MAP Check 3. This has a new 5 inch colour touch screen for easy use, and excellent connectivity for data logging and control through USB, Ethernet and Modbus TCP and is delivered with PC software. MAP Check 3 allows the operator to combine monitoring of gas content on a vertical or horizontal flow packaging machine with real time control of package flushing via an advanced GasSave function. For most manufacturers, this could translate into a 20–50% decrease in gas consumption.

“We believe that these two new products will increase a MAP packaging line’s quality and efficiency substantially – especially if they are used together.”
NHP Electrical Engineering Products has more than four decades of electrical and engineering industry excellence, and driven by a team of over 1000 quality personnel. It is a market leader because it provides customers ‘what you want, when, where and how you want it’.

“We have tailored a complete range of products, services and total value solutions for the market. From automation and process control, energy management, drive control, power protection, enclosure systems, and safety, NHP can customise industry specific value solutions for this industry’s specific application needs,” Alanna Dunne. “At NHP, we have the knowledge and expertise required when dealing with the food and beverage environment and manufacturing process, to help you in all aspects of your application. Be it the front/wet area that deals with the raw ingredients or the dry end where the packaging of product takes place, we have the complete range of product, solutions and services tailored to this important market to get the job done.

“As authorised distributors for Rockwell Automation and their Allen-Bradley products throughout  New Zealand, NHP is partnered with the leading global provider of industrial automation solutions and switchgear components.”

Marilyn Davy says Eriez Magnetics manufactures a range of products suitable for use in the food industry for removal or detection of ferrous and nonferrous metal contaminants, to controlled feeding of many products. “Magnetic separators are important to ensure ferrous metal contaminants are removed from the product flow during manufacture and packing of food products. Powerful permanent rare earth magnetic elements are fitted into stainless steel grate or plate magnets which recover large to fine ferrous particles often introduced during the food manufacturing process.

“When the contaminant is nonferrous, for example, stainless steel or aluminium, then a metal detector is the answer. When metal passes through the specially designed electrical field a signal is produced and sent to a controller. This signal can be used to sound an alarm or flashing light, automatically activate a reject discharge system, turn off the equipment or send a signal to the control room.
“Eriez utilises a patented Hi-Vi magnetic drive circuit in our vibratory feeders which provides a simple yet powerful solution for controlled feed rates of even difficult materials. These can include from fine materials to bulky chunks. Controlled feed rates are achieved by using a compact variable transformer to alter the AC current going to the feeder drive.”

Good packaging is vital for both food safety and sales, and the sector features strongly at Foodtech Packtech 2012. Phil Etheridge of Apex Printing & Packaging Engineering Ltd says it is the only company in New Zealand to fully design and manufacture complete labelling systems. “It is our sole mission to make the best, most cost effective and reliable labelling machines possible. We look at each project and create the designs and equipment that specifically suit the desired application. Our equipment is made from high grade stainless steel, and has the unique feature of being able to be handed either left to right or visa versa. The electrics, bearings, sensors and many other parts are readily available throughout New Zealand, a particular design feature to minimise any possible machinery downtime – no more waiting for parts to come in from overseas, which can take weeks.”

Jenkins Group is another exhibitor that will be providing visitors with new options and great ideas. “Jenkins is continuously pushing the limits with technology and investment,” says Cherie Chappell. “A dedicated team ensures we stay up to date with the latest innovations in label technology including the worldwide introduction of quick response (QR) and snap codes. Connecting with the end user is increasingly important, and you can do this many ways. Interactive packaging is becoming increasingly appealing to the everyday consumer. Packaging design is not all about visual appearance. Texture can add an alternative dimension and leave you with a lasting impression. Textured inks give definition, create an exciting feel and add an element of interest to the design.

“Traditional print uses embossing to add dimension and is still available today. The use of gloss and matt varnishes can promote design and add layers along with interest to labels. The range of foils available is extensive including a pattern selection with holographic imagery that we are very excited to work with. Jenkins Group is continuing to manufacture an increasingly high number of emerging design labels using texture, foils and varnish to give label design an on-going point of difference.”

Nichole Caple of VEMAG says the company has an outstanding reputation among food manufacturers worldwide. “We sell, service and support a wide range of food processing and packaging machinery across Australia and New Zealand. With our selection of exclusive machinery partnerships we have the ability to offer any company an equipment solution, whether it is a standalone processing option or a complete production line from processing to packaging.

“We’re very excited about the new Variovac Primus.  It features hygienic design, easy machine operation, sophisticated operation and is extremely sturdy. Variovac packaging machines stand out from the competition with patented technical refinements that simplify the handling and operation.  But we see ourselves not just as an engineering company, but also see our strength in application technology. Also, in the development for new products, we support our customers with many years of experience.”

Foodtech Packtech is a trade-only event with free entry for those who register online at www.foodtechpacktech.co.nz. One lucky visitor will win a $65,000 Ford Territory TS AWD vehicle just by having their visitor badge scanned at the Ford stand. Foodtech Packtech is on at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 25 to 27 September.
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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

Excitement high in food and packaging sectors

With Foodtech Packtech 2012 almost here, those in the food and packaging sectors are gearing up to show the country just how strong the industry is. Event organiser XPO says that this year’s will be the biggest for some time, and will be a sell-out.
“There are just a few stands left,” says Vanessa White. “We knew that the food and packaging sectors are strong and there was a good level of business confidence and we expected high demand for space, but selling out is a real bonus and really does show that New Zealand is very well-placed in these areas. The industry has worked extremely hard through difficult times globally, and the success proves once more that Kiwis are world-leaders.

“That strength is reflected in visitor as well as exhibitor interest, with visitor pre-registrations among the highest we’ve seen for quite some time. Everyone attending Foodtech Packtech 2012 will benefit from what is looking to be the industry’s biggest business event for many years.”

Held every two years, Foodtech Packtech is New Zealand’s premier event for the food & beverage technology and the packaging technology industries. It attracts top exhibitors from all over the world, and visits from thousands of those working in food, beverages and related services. This year, there’s also the exciting addition of NZ Food Innovation stand.

“This is a mega 200 square metre stand and is all about innovation,” says Dave Pooch. “There you will find people wanting to help you innovate, examples of innovative New Zealand food processing companies and NZ Food Awards as well, all sponsored by ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events Economic Development).
“The FoodBowl, Auckland’s new food innovation centre will have their friendly people there to tell you about how their magnificent high tech facilities can help you grow your food processing business. The FoodBowl has already helped establish new companies and new products. For a confidential discussion about your needs, talk to them on the stand. Also available is Food Innovation Waikato, which has a brand new pilot-size spray drier. They are very knowledgeable about spray drying and are keen to work in with companies who have an interest in the process. Food Pilot Palmerston North has Massey University’s food processing pilot plant available for commercial trial work. With a wide range of both sophisticated and conventional equipment, these facilities can save you a lot of development time and money.

“Also on the NZ Food Innovation stand will be leading food companies Emacadamia, Heilala Vanilla, Fruzo, Totally Devoted, Flihydrate, Foodinc and McFoodies.”

Another attraction is the free seminar series, this year including sessions that cover business services and maximising profitability, innovative packaging solutions, food safety, packaging compliance, quality control, customer trends, new food categories, and a look at some new science from universities around the country.

Endorsement from the Packaging Council of New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Plastics New Zealand shows the importance of the three-day Foodtech Packtech 2012 to the industry. With the NZ Food Awards (www.foodawards.co.nz) running alongside on Thursday 27th September, you have to be, as one 2010 visitor commented, ‘mad to miss it’.

Foodtech Packtech is a trade-only event with free entry for those who register online at www.foodtechpacktech.co.nz. One lucky visitor will win a $65,000 Ford Territory TS AWD vehicle just by having their visitor badge scanned at the Ford stand. Foodtech Packtech is on at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 25 to 27 September.
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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

Christchurch event gets retailers buzzing

From all over New Zealand, retailers and the country’s top industry suppliers flocked to Christchurch for the first Winter Gift Fair since the tragic earthquakes, with statistics from the event indicating that the city’s retailers are doing well: 42% of respondents say their business is growing (just 19% say their business is getting smaller), and 21% of respondents say they have increased their number of store sites in the previous 12 months.

One of just three annual New Zealand Gift Fairs servicing the entire retail sector, the Winter Gift Fair is a key part of a vibrant Canterbury and South Island sector, and was sorely missed last year say visitors to the 2012 event.
“The Christchurch Fair is the only one we do and it’s important for our business,” says Lindon Sizemore of Dunedin’s Sizemore’s Pharmacy. “Three of us are here for two full days, so it’s quite an investment but it’s good for business to be here and find new products and get inspired. I’m glad it’s back. It’s a nice friendly South Island event, and it’s great that the exhibitors went all out this year. It was very inspiring and we found a great theme that we can really run with and that our customers will love. That’s the beauty of the Winter Gift Fair. This Fair is very important for our buying. We can see suppliers who don’t have reps that come to us, and in just two days we can see thousands of products and get to see the bigger trends picture.”

Closer to home, Rangiora’s Sue Counihan of The Basket Case, says the Winter Gift Fair was “absolutely fantastic. We need it to be here every year as it’s a vital part of our business and it’s close enough that we can make the trip without the travel costs of the two Auckland Fairs. We had a great time and did good business, making quite a few purchases and finding a few new suppliers too. Attending a Gift Fair is important because you need to see and hold the product. You need to be able to buy wisely and well. You need to source product that you know will sell and please your customers.”

Wanaka’s Originz sells only New Zealand-made product and Joel Squires says he makes a point of visiting all three Gift Fairs. “May and June is our downtime so the Winter Gift Fair fits well. The Fairs are good for finding new items as well as being a good excuse for a weekend away. Although the earthquakes didn’t make a difference to our business in Wanaka, we’re very supportive of anything that helps the people of Christchurch get back on their feet. It’s a good thing that the Winter Gift Fair is back, and will help retailers and other businesses here carry on.”

Tony and Marie Rhodes run Pot Pourri in Akaroa and enjoy visiting their local Gift Fair. “As buyers it’s a nice Fair because it’s less pressure than the others and there’s plenty of time to get right in and have a good look at things. Because we had the time to talk to people we discovered a great new concept. It’s nice to remind suppliers that we’re still around, and also top up those products that we’re running low on. The visit is also a great motivator when you see how suppliers have product displayed and that gives you new ideas that you can use in-store. With about half the items new every time it’s well worth the time to spend a few days at the Fair. We found product we’ll be purchasing over the next few months. It’s great to have the Winter Gift Fair back in Christchurch.”

Christchurch retailers Al and Eleanor Campbell own et elle, a store that was affected by the earthquakes, being closed for six months. “It took that long to find the right new location. We were shuffling stock around Christchurch, storing everything from the old store wherever we could find space. Having the Fair back is great and it’s another sign that Christchurch is back in business. It’s good to see exhibitors who are regulars as well as new suppliers. It’s also much better to touch and feel items than just see them online or in catalogues, particular as our focus in on the upper end of the market. A visit lets you see evolving trends and ask suppliers for their advice, and that’s very useful for a successful business. Winter is a quiet time for retail but being at the Fair and talking to suppliers lets you see product and delay or stagger orders.

Christchurch people are buying smaller nice things at the moment as they need the nurturing. Purchases of bigger items will pick up when certainty returns and they feel able to make long-term purchase decisions.”

Kay Stevenson of The Soap Box in Westport says it’s great to have a Gift Fair back in the South Island. “The Winter Gift Fair is smaller than the others but that makes it more relaxed. I go to the Melbourne Fair, which is huge, but always visit the Christchurch one too. It’s a great place to make top-up buys and forward purchases for later in the year. I’m pleased that so many suppliers from all over New Zealand have put in so much effort and come back to Christchurch. It’s great that they’re helping give the city a lift.”

One of those suppliers is Robert Hill of Le Forge. “My roots are in the South Island and I’m delighted to come back to Christchurch and try and assist the retail community. We got a great reaction to our presence and that was really gratifying. We felt that we owed it to the people of Christchurch to have a presence, and we got a lot of recognition and appreciation for that. The 2012 Winter Gift Fair was bigger than the one two years ago and well worthwhile for us. The feedback from retailers was that it was the same for them.

“With many new products introduced at Winter Gift Fair, and all good quality, we put in the effort for local retailers and also made sure that the deals were good too. It was gratifying that our effort was appreciated, and we’ll certainly be back next time. The Christchurch fair is very important to us. In fact, South Island sales are better per capita, especially for higher quality furniture… I always say that people in the South Island have good taste!

“I really feel for what people in Christchurch are going through. Many retailers have been badly hit and people and their businesses are still suffering. I’m always happy to talk to retailers and see what we can do to help.”

The Winter Gift Fair is one of the biggest retail events in the country and early analysis of Winter Gift Fair research makes interesting reading: 83% of respondents say they placed orders whilst at Winter Gift Fair, and 76% of respondents agreed with the statement that ‘Winter Gift Fair is a necessary event for South Island Retailers’.

The event is also good for Christchurch’s food and accommodation businesses. Exhibitors come from all over the country, but so do visitors: 42% of respondents are from Christchurch, and 27% from Canterbury, but 23% are from Other South Island regions, 1% from Auckland, and 7% from Other North Island areas. 79% of respondents work in companies based at a single site/shop (21% from companies with multiple sites), 70% of respondents are aged between 40 and 60 years, and 92% were women.


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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

Food and packaging event world-class

New Zealand’s largest three day food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology event is fast approaching and they’re looking forward to it being a world-class event say Foodtech Packtech 2012 organisers.

“The level of anticipation this year from all parts of the industry is higher than we’ve ever seen for a while, and exhibitors are pulling out all the stops to ensure that thousands of trade visitors will get a lot of benefit from Foodtech Packtech 2012,” says XPO’s Vanessa White .

The XPO team at Foodtech Packtech is working closely with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd (an Auckland Council organisation) to create an island of dedicated space at the show aptly named the ‘NZ Food Innovation Showcase’. The showcase builds on a highly successful event run over the Rugby World Cup showcasing the wider industry of NZ value add food producers, technologists, manufacturers and R&D organisations with genuine innovation stories. “We want the NZ Food Innovation Showcase to drive a pipeline of bookings through our world-leading food manufacturing production trial machinery and facilities – all readily available for food developers and manufacturers to create and commercialise new innovative food and beverage product,” says Dave Pooch, a leading consultant putting together the showcase.

Foodtech Packtech 2012 visitors can also attend a series of no-cost development and business seminars. The event is endorsed by industry groups the Packaging Council of New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Plastics New Zealand. The internationally-renowned NZ Food Awards (www.foodawards.co.nz) will run alongside the show on Thursday 27th September, the last of the three days of Foodtech Packtech, held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

The packaging, processing and food development sectors are vital to New Zealand’s domestic economy as well as its vital export earnings, and the technologies and developments visitors will experience at the event will help them find solutions that will keep New Zealand internationally-recognised as among the best in the world.
Among the more than 180 industry suppliers from around the country and overseas is Ungerer Australia. Flavour manager Vicky Kalantzis says New Zealand is an important market for the company because we are innovators and leaders, leading to a natural fit.

“Creating just the right flavour requires more than science; it also takes the flair, creativity and instinct of expert flavourists. Believing a flavour is the result of a combined effort on the part of both the client and trained professionals, Ungerer encourages clear communication between the parties to successfully develop a winning flavour. Since its foundation Ungerer has maintained a staff of internationally-recognised and experienced flavour technicians who are available for client consultation.

“Very much a part of the Ungerer philosophy is an intention to be proactive in client dealings and to offer market information as part of most flavour discussions. This is made possible by the international Ungerer network and provides access to most international markets. In response to the market demand for high quality, inexpensive, and ‘true-to-the-flavour’ natural flavours, Ungerer Australia has developed a unique range suitable for most applications. Ungerer will be sampling a selection of some of these flavours in confectionery and beverages during Foodtech Packtech.”

While some may find the science of flavours fascinating, others will be delighted to be able to get up close and personal with some to the high-tech equipment that keeps New Zealand’s food and packaging industries at the top of the game. Nu-Way Energy is one of those with solutions to a variety of common food manufacturing and packaging problems says Olga Kustova.

“Eccentric disc pumps by Mouvex are self-priming with clean-in-place capability and low shear for sensitive liquids. Pumping of shear-sensitive, thick liquids or food products with entrained solids, glucose pumping and many more are done best with Mouvex.

“When it comes to heating we have two great solutions. Bentone Burners are great for bakery ovens while blowers would be needed for pneumatic conveying in every possible food manufacturing process, from flour and cereals to beer and confectionary. Infrared Burners, such as the quick heating and quick cooling Apollo Ray burners, and Infrared SBM Heaters are great when infrared energy is needed, for example, in cookie backing ovens, preventing sticking of the dough, removing moisture from tortilla massa, industrial tray washing, heating clean-in-place tanks as well as  baking, roasting, curing, toasting.

“One big problem is the need to dry the glass or plastic packaging prior to labelling. Secomak Air Knives are irreplaceable for this, and they are also used for removing excess food toppings and for other quality enhancements such as smoothing chocolate toppings.”

Even the areas of business that some might think are pretty basic are seeing some solutions that can bring big benefits to businesses of all types and sizes. Christchurch’s Wyma Engineering is one company that’s doing just that, as Stuart Oldham explains. “Wyma is participating for the first time at Foodtech Packtech and we’re looking forward to presenting a new range of packaging and palletising equipment to the New Zealand market.

“We have a close partnership with Manter, a Dutch company offering weighing and packaging solutions, and with Symach which supplies high quality palletising systems for bags, boxes and crates across a wide range of sectors such as the industrial, chemical, food and agricultural industries. Wyma has exclusive distribution rights for this equipment in Australasia. For operators wishing to increase packaging and stacking efficiency and optimise the presentation of pallets for distribution, the Wyma booth at Foodtech Packtech has to be on their list of stands to visit.”

New Zealand’s vibrant packaging sector, and the place that Foodtech Packtech has in it, is also recognised again this year with the return of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). “We’re heading to New Zealand for the third time and we are very excited to catch up with our NZ members and to meet potential new members,” says CEO Nerida Kelton. “Come to the AIP stand to find out about our Diploma in Packaging Technology, our Certificate in Packaging and our half-day training courses that are all available in New Zealand. The AIP is an educational institute designed to provide professional and personal development of individuals within the packaging industry and we look forward to meeting you in September.”
Everyone thinks that food safety is important, but everyone in the food business knows that it’s actually vital. Germany’s EKATO SYSTEMS and their local agents Sutton Group are helping keep food safe with mixing technology that optimises the pasteurisation of chunky foods. “The pasteurization of chunky foodstuffs such as cocoa, nuts or spices has gained importance with respect to shelf life and safe processing,” says Joel Sanicas. “Important factors such as good heat transfer and complete homogeneity of the bulk product are required in order to provide the same temperature and humidity throughout the entire product that is needed for a validation of the pasteurisation process. EKATO SYSTEMS has developed the process equipment technology for their partner Bühler Barth that achieves a throughput of up to 20 tons per hour. The scale-up of such equipment is based on trials performed at the EKATO SYSTEMS testing facility that is equipped with the appropriate apparatus and analysis technology to determine the relevant mixing parameters.”

Other international high-tech on show at Foodtech Packtech comes from Ifm efector. The company’s new LMT level sensor ignores foam and build-up, and offers a better alternative to the vibration fork,” says Ville Mikkolainen. “In the food industry, deposits and foam often make reliable limit detection difficult. However, with the hygienic point level sensor LMT they can be suppressed. Therefore, the LMT can reliably provide full or empty signals of tanks and ensure dry-run protection of pumps. Its compact sensor tip allows integration even in small DN25 pipes.
“The sensor features factory settings for different media types, making adjustment unnecessary, even for viscous and sticky products such as ketchup. The hygienic point level sensor LMT with complementary output features a maintenance free sealing concept and stainless steel housing. Thanks to its orientation-independent installation it is easy to mount. The food-grade sensor with its high-quality housing materials such as high-grade stainless steel (316L/1.4404) and PEEK meets all requirements for hygienic areas. A laser type label provides durable legibility. With the highest protection rating IP 68/IP 69K, the LMT sensor is suitable for CIP wash down environments.”

Foodtech Packtech is a trade-only event with free entry for those who register online at www.foodtechpacktech.co.nz. One lucky visitor will win a $65,000 Ford Territory TS AWD vehicle just by having their visitor badge scanned at the Ford stand. Foodtech Packtech is on at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 25 to 27 September.
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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

Foodtech Packtech 2012 kicking off

New Zealand’s most anticipated event for food and beverage technology and packaging companies will reflect the sector’s strong performance and on-going vibrancy, says Foodtech Packtech’s organiser.

“It’s already clear that September’s show will be phenomenal,” says XPO’s Vanessa White. “Top industry suppliers from all over New Zealand are on board and we have many overseas companies also raring to go. Thanks to a continuous improvement programme and the many special features that make Foodtech Packtech a must-attend for sector professionals, the show continues to play an important role in the packaging, processing and food development industries.”

Foodtech Packtech kicks off at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on Tuesday the 25th of September and ends with a bang three days later on the 27th.
“We will have a feature within the show based on last year’s highly successful NZ Food Innovation Showcase profiling the Foodbowl facility. Details are under wraps right now but it’s exciting stuff. You’ll hear much more about that a bit closer to the time. Another fantastic feature is our hosting of the NZ Food Awards (www.foodawards.co.nz) alongside the show on Thursday 27th September.

“Together, this makes the three days the most important on the sector’s calendar and the many thousands of visitors will be guaranteed both good business and a good time. One as yet unknown person will have a visit to remember for life as all attendees who visit the Ford stand and get their badge scanned go in the draw to win an amazing Ford Territory TS AWD vehicle valued at $65,000.”

The biennial Foodtech Packtech gives sector professionals the opportunity to come face-to-face with the experts behind the key innovations entering the New Zealand market. The event will showcase the freshest ideas, latest technologies and the newest developments entering the food technology and packaging technology market from more than 180 prominent suppliers. A series of development and business seminars will also run, and Foodtech Packtech 2012 is endorsed and supported by the Packaging Council of New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Plastics New Zealand.

Many exhibitors are keeping secret for now what visitors will see, but some are prepared to offer a teaser or two into the products and services they’ll have on their stands. You can rest assured that there will be plenty of extra-tempting show specials on some of these too. No matter your business or interest, there will be something to pique your interest at Foodtech Packtech 2012.

D&L Packaging’s Digby Morton says visitors to their stand will see a few interesting technologies. “We are offering the latest in Shelf Life Boosting technology (SLB), including vacuum packaging, tray sealing/packing, skin packing and thermoforming, and the latest tray lidding barrier films. These technologies greatly extend shelf life to most fresh food products, while maintaining the quality and freshness of the food and all without the need of additives. Clearly there are great advantages for both food producers and consumers.

“We’ll also be demonstrating shrink label application equipment, and showcasing some of our latest shrink sleeve/shrink label applicators. There will be lots of shrink labels and shrink tamper sleeve examples on our stand so visitors to the show can see some of the best examples of this technology.

“Odour control technology is another area of huge interest to the sector and many others. We have a brand new never seen before range of products for odour control. This product is an odour absorber unlike anything else on the market. Our product actually absorbs the odour and does not simply mask the odour by creating clouds of perfumed mist. This product can be used in virtually any building, vehicle, rubbish bin or enclosed area where foul odour is a problem and it will not just mask the odour, but absorb it and eliminate it.”
Spain’s Hiperbaric will present its complete range of integrated high pressure equipment for the first time at Foodtech Packtech 2012.

“Hiperbaric is a benchmarking and leading global supplier of high pressure processing (HPP) equipment for the food industry, and is presenting its fully integrated range of machinery at Foodtech Packtech together with its regional partner Scanz Technologies Ltd,” says Tony Rumbold of Scanz.

“Hiperbaric is currently the only manufacturer of high pressure processing machines offering a whole range of integrated equipment. Hiperbaric will also introduce its latest developments and improvements in HPP wear part and spare part design which are allowing a consistent decrease in cycle and production costs together with a maximization of the availability of HPP units and diminishing down times.”

Another exhibitor, Intralox, understands just how critical reliable conveyance is to food processors, says Tomoko Sacks. “Our innovative conveying solutions for improving food safety, increasing package handling capabilities, and increasing productivity have made radical improvements to our customers’ operations. Intralox’s comprehensive approach to food-safe conveyance includes the right choice of belt and components including ThermoDrive® and SeamFree™ beltings that offer the most time-efficient and cost-effective means of ensuring hygienic conveyance solutions: the Intralox FoodSafe Team’s food safety consulting service; hygienic conveyance design guidelines; and thorough cleaning process management support.”

Foodtech Packtech is a trade-only event with free entry for those who register online at www.foodtechpacktech.co.nz.

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Further information: Irene Smith, +64-21-378 202 or Irene@xpo.co.nz

 

TVNZ gets behind new small business event

TVNZ, New Zealand’s leading television and digital media company, and XPO Exhibitions have partnered in a major new national business event for small and medium enterprises.

“MyBiz Expo launches in October in Auckland and is designed to give the country’s SMEs a platform to compare their current business service supplier and learn about new business tools for success,” says XPO Exhibitions Director Brent Spillane. “Their media partnership demonstrates a strong level of confidence in the format of the MyBiz Expo event. It gives TVNZ a chance to reach thousands of Kiwi SMEs face-to-face over 3 days and educate them on the success stories of SMEs using TV to market their products.”

Tony Waite GM Media Sales at TVNZ says, “The MyBiz Expo partnership provides TVNZ with a great opportunity to reach business owners, gain an indepth understanding of their business challenges and demonstrate how TVNZ can help them overcome those challenges by developing an advertising solution that delivers true ROI. Television is a powerful advertising medium that needn’t be cost prohibitive and through MyBiz Expo we will showcase at the event the power of TV, the benefits in advertising with TVNZ and good reasons to consider TV for their business.”

Many other business service segments will exhibit including but not limited to leading power companies, telcos, banks, freight and print industry companies – all looking to reach the thousands of SME owners and managers comparing suppliers or looking at additional products/services that may help grow their business. XPO Exhibitions Director Brent Spillane says “Businesses are always looking for a return on their investment, and MyBiz Expo will help them achieve that, as well as explore things such as the relevance of advertising on TVNZ, that they might not have thought about before.”

XPO Exhibitions is the ideal organizer for MyBiz Expo, being the largest and longest-running B2B exhibition organizer. “We know that the country’s 500,000-plus business owners don’t have the time or resources to research whether their existing providers are ‘best in market’ for price and service. To help them out, this New Zealand-first initiative was launched. More than 120,000 business operators have attended our many business sector events and we’ll be making sure that they all know about MyBiz Expo and how they can register for free entry.”
“TVNZ will help us cast an even wider national SME awareness of the event. Visitors will be able to go from supplier to supplier at the event and analyse features and benefits, and exhibitors will have the opportunity to do face-to-face business and put together mutually-beneficial deals.”

“At MyBiz Expo you can bring in a pile of your bills and compare the offerings of different providers to make your bills smaller and your business bigger – on the spot,” continues Brent Spillane. “There will also be a valuable programme of business seminars and networking opportunities.”

“The event will attract thousands of business owners over three days in October. Commitment to exhibit has already been made across leading telcos, power companies, insurers, e-commerce and IT companies who will exhibit their wares and demonstrate what they offer business owners.”

Brent Spillane says that while SMEs can use the event for price checking there’s far more to it than that. “MyBiz Expo will also inform and educate on new product offerings like new high speed broadband solutions and TV advertising that may be new investments for business but can deliver significantly for SME businesses. The show’s tagline says it all: ‘make your bills smaller (and/or) make your business bigger’.”

Supporting New Zealand businesses is important to TVNZ, and the innovative digital media company believes that MyBiz Expo is a valuable business tool that will help the country’s many small but vital enterprises flourish. The company is ensuring that the event gets high profile coverage, and will be giving away to one lucky visitor, live on air, a brand-new Ford Falcon, supplied by Ford New Zealand who are also partnering and exhibiting at MyBiz.

Business owners and managers visiting MyBiz Expo will have the process of making new supplier and business contacts made easy, say Brent Spillane. “TVNZ, like other major exhibitors and brands already on board, will get to engage face to face with thousands of business owners and electronically record that engagement to follow-up afterwards.” 

“If you provide products or services to SMEs you should consider exhibiting to your current and future customers at MyBiz Expo.”

MyBiz Expo runs from 14-16 October 2012 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. Entry is free to registered business owners, managers and representatives. There is more information for both visitors and suppliers wishing to exhibit at www.mybizexpo.co.nz
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More information: Irene Smith, 09-976 8352 irene@xpo.co.nz

 

New website helps retailers buy better

Retailers across the country are set to benefit from the new www.GiftTrader.co.nz website, which will give them access to order from a huge range of bulk gift and homeware products at clearance prices.

More than 600 Importers, manufacturers and wholesalers who have exhibited at a NZ Gift & Homeware Fair are able to list and sell clearance stock on the www.GiftTrader.co.nz website. Retailers who have recently visited one of the NZ Gift Fairs will get free membership allowing them to access the site and the full range of clearance product listed, snatching bargains for their store and customers.

The Gift Trader concept came about from a mix of research, conversations with retailers and suppliers, and some good old-fashioned Kiwi problem-solving.
Brent Spillane, director of New Zealand’s popular NZ Gift Fairs, says XPO Exhibitions developed the trading platform to benefit both retailers and their suppliers. “Selling ‘end of line’ stock can be an issue for many suppliers. Filling up the last few empty shelves are an issue for some retailers.

www.GiftTrader.co.nz is a platform to solve that problem.”Brent Spillane says the website will free up exhibitors to bring more new product to the Fairs. “Research shows that buying ‘new’ gift product is the main motivator for the thousands of New Zealand retailers who keep visiting the NZ Gift Fairs. Exhibitors can now sell their older lines via the www.GiftTrader.co.nz website – which frees up their cashflow to invest in new product ranges to display at the NZ Gift Fairs.”“Transactions can happen anytime of the day or night. The online service is free for New Zealand retailers only to use – it’s a benefit of regularly attending the NZ Gift & Homeware Fairs. Retailers use their current NZ Gift Fairs login and password to get access.”

And the site is expected to draw a large amount of genuine retailer buyers. In March 2011 XPO surveyed 460 retailers, with a resounding 73% responding that a website that allowed any retailer to purchase end of line products from any NZ Gift & Homeware exhibitor would benefit the industry, and that they would themselves use such a website.

Since then XPO has presented the concept to more than 30 suppliers and collated feedback to refine the system. It’s been all about keeping it simple. Retailers will be able to order different product from multiple suppliers at one time. Orders are confirmed and sent via email to both supplier and retailer. Retailers (and suppliers) are also able to view their order history online.
“The XPO team will be demonstrating www.GiftTrader.co.nz to visitors at Autumn Gift Fair 2012. It’ll be well worth taking five minutes with a demonstrator to see how easy it is to buy.”

For the first 90 days after Autumn Gift (located at the ASB Showgrounds March 4-6 2012) listings are free for NZ Gift & Homeware exhibitors to sell their clearance stock on Gift Trader. Once the trial period is over Gift Trader suppliers will pay an annual fee to block list up to 25 clearance product items at any one time.

“Exhibitors are able to sell large quantities of end of line product swiftly to retailers, who will benefit from special deals and easy ordering. “We are expecting many thousands of clearance items ready for retailers to buy online by the time Autumn Gift & Homeware Fair is here in March,” says Brent.
All retailers need to do to gain access to www.GiftTrader.co.nz is attend one of the Gift Fairs each year to keep their registration up to date. It’s just another reason why retailers benefit from visiting the NZ Gift & Homeware Fairs.
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More information;
Brent Spillane, XPO Exhibitions ph 09 976 8300 email brent@xpo.co.nz
www.giftfairs.co.nz

Ford gets behind Kiwi businesses

Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Limited has cemented its commitment to Kiwi businesses with a two-year partnership that will see six new Fords given away to visitors at NZ’s largest and longest running sector specific exhibitions and events.

XPO Exhibitions Ltd, leading business-to-business (B2B) event organiser, has partnered with Ford to give trade visitors to the country’s leading food technology, packaging technology, engineering, manufacturing,  gift & homewares, build, design, architecture and business services sector specific exhibitions. It’s an opportunity for our business visitors to add a brand new Ford to the company asset register, says XPO Director Brent Spillane.
“It’s great that one of the country’s oldest and most-respected motor companies with a passion for this country has recognised the same in our DNA. XPO has the country’s longest-running successful trade exhibition portfolio.

e’ve been successful because we focus on sector specific businesses. We work hard to make our trade events the place that businesses can come to compare, research and buy world leading products and services face to face. It’s about ensuring ongoing value for exhibitors as well as visitors.

“Ford has the same values in supporting New Zealand business. Ford dipped its toe in the water at our biennial ‘buildNZ designex’ event earlier this year by giving away a new Ford Ranger Utility to one lucky trade visitor. The response from the trade was brilliant. Ford saw genuine value from the captive market and an intimate way to market its’ leading vehicles to Kiwi businesses,” says Brent Spillane.
The XPO/Ford partnership gives the motor company exclusive access as our preferred vehicle partner at the country’s premiere business and trade events.
“XPO events attract more than 35,000 genuine trade only visitors every year, and the majority of them are return visitors proving the enduring value of these events. Visitor numbers have been on the increase too. The agreement will allow Ford to capture its own rich business profile data of those attending and entering the prize draws or simply interacting with Ford on their prime exhibition space.”

The business events that Ford will be supporting and providing a vehicle prize giveaway include the New Zealand Gift & Homewares Fairs; the EMEX engineering, manufacturing and electronics sectors event; FoodTech PackTech which is for the food, packaging and technology sector; buildNZ designex which supports the building, construction, design and architecture sectors; and MyBiz Expo which helps small and medium enterprises source competitive business services for their companies.

Ford will run a number of show-only promotions before and after the events, giving visitors a genuine reason to buy. Chris Masterson, national marketing manager at Ford says, “It’s an exclusive business target audience and one that we just had to jump at – and we are the first major vehicle brand to partner with XPO in this B2B exhibition space. Our vehicles are a great value match for specific business sectors looking at fleet or even personal needs. This is a fantastic new marketing launch pad.”

There is more detail on each of these business sector events at www.xpo.co.nz
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Further information: Brent Spillane, 09-976 8378 or 021 906 111

Back to the Future for New Zealand’s Leading Trade Exhibitions

XPO Exhibitions Limited completed the purchase of DMG World Media (NZ) Limited’s Gift and Trade event portfolio in January 2010 seeing the group return to New Zealand ownership for the first time in 12 years.

The purchase effects seven major trade events fairs, including the three NZ Gift Fairs; Autumn Gift, Winter Gift and Spring Gift, plus EMEX, Foodtech Packtech, Build NZ/Designex NZ and Printech.

Between them these key trade events represent millions of dollars in trade for more than 1500 exhibiting companies from throughout New Zealand, Australia & around the world, plus around 35,000 trade visitors who attend these shows to research, network and purchase products and services from exhibiting companies.

16 of DMG’s experienced staff and management team have been retained to run the events, with Commercial Director Richard Bews assuming the new role of XPO’s General Manager. DMG’s consumer shows have been sold separately.

XPO’s Managing Director Bill Spillane explained that the purchase is great news for exhibitors and visitors of these shows. “The return to New Zealand control of these shows and the successful acquisition of the talented staff who run them is a great win,” he said.

It is a case of ‘back to the future’ for Bill, who as founder of the New Zealand Gift Trade Association (NZGTA) created the Gift Fairs back in 1980, before selling to DMG. His own experience in trade fairs is extensive, both as an organiser as well as exhibitor - with his own company Spillanes Trading Co Ltd being a leading importer of house wares and electrical home appliances for the past 30 years under the well known Zip brand. Bill continues to Chair the GTA in New Zealand, a role he has held for the past 25 years.

“I am confident we will continue to deliver an international standard for exhibitions but with a New Zealand flavour – with local staff, management and ownership,” he said.

Bill will also be injecting additional family talent into the XPO business with his son Brent joining the new team. Brent has worked for a global insurer in Australia for the past 10 years, most recently in capacity of General Manager for Allianz Finance.

XPO has a busy time ahead with the transition of business assets, personnel, systems and a steady schedule of exhibitions ahead. “Exhibitor bookings to date for upcoming shows are already tracking ahead of last year which demonstrates just how important these shows are for business during these tough economic conditions,” Bill said.

XPO is promising a fresh approach to the running of these shows. “Our exhibitors quite rightly want us to attract as many ‘target market’ visitors to the show as possible,” says Bill. “We already have a great deal of survey information and metrics to interpret what our customer want and need and we will be naturally rolling out strategies in the coming year to achieve this – watch this space!”

RMBF aligns conference with leading NZ Building and Interiors Industries Trade Event

Two of the biggest brands in New Zealand building, the biennial BuildNZ Trade Exhibition and the Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF) have joined forces to create the ultimate event for all those associated with the building, design and interiors industries in New Zealand.

The event now sees the Registered Master Builders Federation, whose membership is collectively responsible for two thirds of total value of all building work in New Zealand, bring its annual conference and educational activities alongside BuildNZ, creating a complete one-stop-shop for products, services, education and professional development. 

The conference will be co-located at BuildNZ, alongside the Designex and Plush exhibitions at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland June 26 - 28, 2011 - creating a combined audience expected to exceed 7,000 unique visitors, and what is expected to be more than 250 leading trade exhibitors. Conference seminars will be held onsite at BuildNZ with an extensive line-up of forums open to all exhibitors and trade visitors.

"Having the knowledge and professionalism of RMBF together with BuildNZ's proven trade exhibition format creates a must-see event happening at the ideal time for the industry," says Brent Spillane, Director of XPO Exhibitions; organisers of the event.

"Tony Alexander, Chief Economist for the BNZ, has recently referred to research suggesting  New Zealand needs around 23,000 new houses built each year to keep up with expected population growth," says Spillane*.

"New housing consents are falling well short of that number at present, however it remains important for the building industry to prepare for growth sometime in the future. The (combined) BuildNZ seminars and exhibitions will help with that preparation," he said.

Spillane adds that this announcement coincides with a greater emphasis on industry professional standards for ongoing training and education. “It absolutely makes sense to combine the professional knowledge component (of the RMBF seminars) with the extensive industry products and services on offer at our BuildNZ event,” he said.

“We are also working with other leading building and interiors authorities and associations to bolster the education and key speaker platform even further.”
Warwick Quinn, CEO of the Registered Master Builders Federation is extremely enthusiastic about the partnership. “RMBF is thrilled to be bringing these industry leading events together.  Having been a supporter of BuildNZ in the past we’re well aware of the benefits to those involved in the industry who attend.  We will be actively encouraging all RMBF members to be there in 2011,” he said.

A schedule of seminars will be created closer to the date, but Quinn notes that the timing of the event coinciding with the introduction of builder licensing and new weather tightness legislation add to the importance that all builders attend. “It is also very likely that attendance will also qualify for professional development points that professional builders will require to be licensed in future,” he said.

BuildNZ also includes two equally important additional components; Designex and Plush, which focus on interior design and interior textiles respectively, so trade visitors get to see end-to-end (product and service) solutions and trends for commercial and residential buildings. “This is a complete industry event,” said Spillane.

BuildNZ runs from 26-28 June 2011 at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland, with the RMBF Conference running from 25-27 June, 2011.

The event is FREE to attend for relevant industry professionals.
Please visit the website: www.buildnz.com

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*source: NZ Herald June 8, 2010, page 7, “Property Report” Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, BNZ

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