Smarter Shows acquisition, 04/12/2019 04 December 2019


Smarter Shows is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by the Tarsus Group.

This change opens a number of exciting opportunities for Smarter Shows exhibitor, sponsor, and visitor audiences, enabling the Smarter Shows team to further develop the existing portfolio of expos and conferences.

Commenting on the acquisition, Tarsus Group CEO Douglas Emslie, explained: “Over the years I have observed and admired what James and the Smarter Shows team have achieved. I’m really pleased to be working with them to develop and expand the business going forward. This acquisition is a perfect fit with our strategy of combining organic growth, replications and strategic acquisitions to achieve our ambitious growth targets.  I’m delighted to welcome the Smarter Shows team to Tarsus Group and look forward to an exciting future ahead’’.

James Reader, Co-Founder and CEO of Smarter Shows, elaborated…

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Cutting-edge conference agenda announced by industry-leading Foam Expo Europe event

Foam Expo Europe – the region’s only free-to-attend trade show and conference uniting the entire foam supply chain – has announced its full conference agenda, packed with exciting sessions, essential information and a stellar line-up of speakers. Taking place 10-12 September, 2019, the conference covers key industry topics, market trends and regulatory updates, and highlights R&D and innovation in foam materials, technologies and properties.

New for 2019

Building on this success, the 2019 edition of Foam Expo Europe welcomes a brand-new element: 360 Sessions – a dynamic programme of roundtable discussions, workshops and material jam sessions. Designed to enable focused peer-to-peer discussions, the sessions cover topics ranging from eliminating hazardous chemicals to reimagining foams and the new processing methods they require. Thought-leaders from across the industry are billed to moderate the sessions.

Visit the event website to view the full list of participating companies…

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Premier space event marks another outstanding show



Space Tech Expo USA blasted off in Pasadena, California last month, marking another immensely successful edition of the premier trade show for an industry that is growing exponentially.

More than 3,000 industry professionals attended, visiting the exhibition stands…

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First conference speakers and skeleton agenda announced for Foam Expo Europe 2019

The Foam Expo Conference – part of Europe’s largest trade fair dedicated to the technical foam industry – has announced the skeleton agenda and first confirmed speakers for this year’s event.

Taking place at Messe Stuttgart, Germany from 10-12 September 2019, the Foam Expo Conference is Europe’s only free-to-attend conference dealing with market trends, manufacturing challenges and opportunities for all technical foam applications, including the automotive, packaging, aerospace, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries.

The main conference focusses on key industry topics such as market trends, regulatory updates, optimising manufacturing processes and showcasing R&D and innovation in foam materials, technologies and properties such as additive manufacturing of foams, reducing scrap & waste and promoting circular economy & sustainability within the supply chain.

New for 2019 is our dedicated track of roundtables which will offer a space for focused discussion with your peers on topics ranging from improving converting and fabrication processes to reimagining foams and the new processing methods they require.

There is…

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Ceramics Expo 2019 – platform for discovery

There’s already been a great reaction to the new two-day format, added features, and bustling atmosphere generated at Ceramics Expo #5. Everyone came away from Cleveland energized, involved, and ready once again to push on and take ceramics to the next level. “We come to Ceramics Expo because it’s a great venue and it’s where the heart of the ceramic industry beats,” said Seyit Ural, business development manager at Harris Corp.


The expo has benefited greatly from a reputation established over a number of years and a loyal exhibitor group that welcomes new entrants every year. “We actually walked the show last year and saw that it could be very beneficial for us,” commented Chris Paris from FEI (Thermo Fisher). “Just in the first day, we had a large number of leads…we’ve been able to see current customers as well as new prospects that are highly qualified for our applications, so it’s a great fit.” Nothing is left to chance and the planning schedule lies at the heart of successful outcomes for all. “The way things are organized…

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More than 5,220 attendees from 45 countries traveled to Novi, Michigan, to meet and do business at the world’s largest technical foam event. Paul Bergad, President of Bergad Specialty Foams & Composites, commented, “We come to Foam Expo because we’re actually able to open up new markets that we have never dreamed of before. The number of people that have come by our booth has been absolutely amazing.” 

The show floor was buzzing as 355 exhibitors displayed the very latest products and technologies covering the entire industry supply chain, from raw materials and chemicals, to fabricating, converting, testing and recycling. Robb McMahan, CEO of GelPro, summed up the mood among the exhibiting companies: “The show’s been fantastic for us – really high traffic and qualified leads coming through. It looks like we’re going to do some business on the first day.”

Throughout the expo, industry heavyweights including ESCO, FXi and Nitto Automotive, to name just a few, displayed…

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Ceramics Expo to reach new heights

The field of aerospace and space technology is rarely out of the news, and with ceramics finding increasing application in these industries, the free-to-attend Ceramics Expo is set to welcome more C-level executives, R&D specialists, component designers, and production managers from these industries than ever before. Recent forecasts are for overall growth levels in excess of five per cent for the years ahead, and technical ceramics will surely play a key role in ensuring that the next generation of systems are lighter, more efficient, more durable, cost-effective, and safe.

Fantastic opportunities exist for ceramics in rapidly expanding areas – for example, the use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in additive manufacturing. It is predicted that the global market for AM in aerospace will top $3 billion as soon as 2022, with North America leading…

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Smarter Shows are delighted to announce a new, free webinar from Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe ‘Improving Energy Density, Lifespan and Affordability of EV Components Through Thermal Management Materials’, sponsored by LORD

The webinar will be taking place on Thursday 11 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST / 14:00 GMT / 09:00 EDT.

Electric vehicles (EV) are nearing an inflection point where they will begin to replace vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Much of this is driven by regulation and advancements in battery technology. Automotive battery packs generate heat that is often managed by connecting cells and/or modules to a heat sink through a thermal interface material. As EVs become more prevalent, continued innovation in thermal management solutions for battery packs will occur. This webinar will provide an overview of thermal management materials used in EVs, as well as to show how thermal conductivity, power density and weight reduction for EVs is addressed, making it a serious alternative to combustion engines.


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With just two weeks to go until Foam Expo North America opens its doors in Novi, Michigan, anticipation is building with a huge amount to look forward to.

On March 26-28, the world’s leading foam exhibition and conference will host more than 350 suppliers exhibiting thousands of foam products and solutions. For the 6,000 attendees expected, Foam Expo offers phenomenal scope on new products, developments, associated services, and talking points across the industry.

The show welcomes the biggest names in the industry. Stop by Huntsman’s booth to discover solutions serving a diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets; chat with representatives from 3M to find out about the company’s latest innovations; learn more about Avery Dennison’s high-performance foam bonding solutions; and find the right foam for your particular application at Woodbridge Foam Corporation’s stand.

Ten Foam Expo exhibitors will also participate in the Product…

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Smarter Shows are delighted to present a new, free webinar from Space Tech Expo ‘Exploring the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Future Spacecraft: From Data Processing to Efficient Constellation Control’.

The free webinar will be taking place on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 09:00am PT / 12:00pm ET / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology with great potential for various segments in the space industry, including satellite systems, both small and large, and other spacecraft. The impending arrival of low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations brings specific challenges, such as operational management of large swarms, Earth observation imaging analysis, and dealing with a more congested space environment. For large satellites, especially those that are software defined, AI can help with anomaly detection and data processing. Both these qualities will provide useful information to satellite operators as well as future satellite servicing missions.

In this webinar, AI experts in the satellite and other spacecraft manufacturing industry explain how this new technology is transforming…

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