Once billed as the largest English speaking international print show, Ipex will shut up shop.
Rob Fisher, event director for Ipex, says, “Through Ipex, we’re proud to have played a role in an important and diverse industry, and to have supported a brand that has such a long history. We enjoyed organising and delivering Ipex 2017 and received positive feedback from exhibitors, many of whom recorded excellent levels of interest and sales at the event.”
“The changing market conditions and appetite for a large-scale event which focuses on print in action continues to be challenging. Having engaged with a range of exhibitors and partners to evaluate the options for Ipex, we have concluded that the requirements of the industry no longer match our own in terms of the cycle, scale and what is required to help us further support and fully invest in the brand.
“We’d like to wish our partners, exhibitors, and everyone we’ve worked with on Ipex every success as the industry continues to evolve.”
technology and equipment event, is to close after a period of consultation with the industry.
From 50,000 in 2010, the shows visitor numbers fell dramatically, with 23,000 attending the 2014 show and only 7,000 at last year’s event. It hadn’t helped that organisers moved the show from its Birmingham base to London and then back again.
The show organisers have given no indication of any replacement show yet.