dmg events acquires Exhibition Management Services

One of the world’s leading event companies, dmg events, has announced the acquisition of long established Pan African exhibition organiser Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS) – headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

dmg events is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), an international portfolio of digital, information, media and events businesses.

“This acquisition is part of our strategy to become key event players in Africa. EMS offers a strategic hub in Africa’s largest economy,” says Geoff Dickinson, CEO at dmg events.

EMS adds five shows to the existing portfolio of dmg events:

  •      SAITEX – A non-food retail products exhibition 
  •      Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) – The continent’s biggest food and beverage industry trade expo
  •      WAMPEX – Mining and power, machinery and technology, Ghana
  •      INDUTEC – Industrial design and manufacturing expo
  •      CIS – An industry showcase in Cape Town, covering the oil & gas, marine and offshore, logistics and temperature controlled warehousing sectors together with      relevant small business suppliers.   

dmg events now operates 12 events across the continent, including construction and interiors in Morocco, oil and gas in Egypt, construction and coatings in Kenya, and the Global African Investment Summit that takes place in London, UK and Kigali, Rwanda.

The Johannesburg-based company will change its name to dmg EMS Africa, reporting to dmg events’ Middle East, Asia and Africa division that operates some of the largest exhibitions in the region. These include ‘The Big 5’ series of construction events, ‘INDEX’ the interiors event in Dubai, and The Hotel Show – the Middle East’s biggest Hotel and Hospitality event.  

“The team and I are excited about the events and opportunities that this acquisition opens to us in Africa. We can build significantly on the existing successful EMS events and already have plans to grow the business with fresh launches supported from our new Johannesburg hub,” says Matt Denton, President of dmg events – Middle East, Asia and Africa.

“dmg events with its extensive portfolio of events, international networks and financial resources is the ideal organisation to further develop and expand upon the portfolio of exhibitions that we have established over 35 years in Africa, says John Thomson owner and founder of EMS in 1981,” says  John Thomson owner and founder of EMS in 1981.

The sale was brokered by Mayfield Media Strategies, specialist brokers for the global exhibitions sector.


Logistics sector joins Cape Industries Showcase

Two world-class distribution, materials handling and storage expos have been added to the Cape Industries Showcase (CIS) taking place from 13 to 15 July 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Cape Logistics Expo and the Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Expo join the established CIS events comprising the Oil and Gas Africa Expo, theMaritime and Offshore Marine Africa Expo and the Empowertec Cape SME Expo.

“Cape Town has not had a dedicated materials handling and logistics exhibition in South Africa for many years,” says event organiser John Thomson. “Six of South Africa’s eight major marine ports are situated in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, which jointly handled 7.6 million tons of bulk cargo, 3.9 million tons of break bulk and 1.8 million containers during 2014. This clearly shows the region’s importance to the logistics sector, and the relevance of the two logistics expos.”

In fact, the component shows of the CIS expo dovetail perfectly with the objectives of the South African government-driven Operation Phakisa initiative. The aim is to accelerate growth in the country’s ocean economy and includes planned ports expansion to handle increased maritime transport traffic and cargo volumes, greater development of the offshore oil and gas industry, and position the Cape as a preferred marine and maritime service and supply centre. The Cape Logistics expo, located at the heart of the country’s maritime, oil, gas, logistics and cold chain centres, brings together customers, suppliers and co-operation partners in a versatile business network environment.

Strong industry support

A number of leading industry associations are backing the shows, including the Namibia Logistics Association, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa (CILTSA), the Railroad Association of South Africa, the Southern Africa Refrigerated Distribution Association, the Southern Africa Shippers Transport and Logistics Council and the Supply Chain and Logistics Group.

“Logistics research and information-sharing is a key activity at CILTSA, and we always support innovators in transport, logistics and supply chain management,” says Elvin Harris, President of CILTSA.  “The Cape Logistics Expo initiates this with a particular focus on operations in the Eastern and Western Cape, and is a fantastic way to market products and solutions, and to discover latest developments in the industry.”

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