ACMA Cancels 2008 Show, Moves Event to Early 2009

The big news at this year’s American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2007 trade show (held Oct. 17-19 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.) was ACMA’s announcement that its show would vacate its traditional fall time slot in 2008 and return again in early

The big news at this year’s American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2007 trade show (held Oct. 17-19 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.) was ACMA’s announcement that its show would vacate its traditional fall time slot in 2008 and return again in early 2009. The decision, reportedly reached after consultation with exhibitors, was proposed because for several years, the ACMA and IBEX shows have been held within the same 30-day period. This year, they were separated by less than two weeks. ACMA president John Tickle said that because many companies exhibit at both events, “we have heard a lot from our manufacturers and suppliers about the challenges caused by having competing shows located so close in time to COMPOSITES & POLYCON.” The resulting exhibitor “crunch” has been a reality since the previously separate IBEX and National Marine Manufacturers Assn. (NMMA) boatbuilding shows were combined, and the larger of the two, IBEX, relinquished its February slot. The combined IBEX event now occupies the former NMMA slot. ACMA has elected to reschedule its event in the first quarter, the timeframe once occupied by IBEX. The specific dates and location for COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2009 have yet to be determined.

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