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Most successful RWM ever heralds further expansion for environmental sector’s premier event

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Source: Emap Ltd

“Recession? What recession?” was heard up and down the aisles at this year’s Recycling & Waste Management exhibition (RWM 09). Confirming its place as the number one recycling and waste management exhibition in the UK, RWM 09 attracted more visitors and exhibitors than ever before.

Initial figures show a 7% increase on last year’s record attendance. A total of 9,762 people (subject to audit) visited RWM 09 at the Birmingham NEC from 15 to 17 September. Stand space was sold out with over 500 exhibitors and over half have already rebooked for 2010.

“RWM has grown consistently over the last five years and against the background of a general economic downturn we still saw substantially more visitors and exhibitors than ever this year,” said event director Gerry Sherwood. “There was a real buzz about this year’s show, which with the new Korean pavilion had a growing international flavour among exhibitors and visitors alike. Up and down the show floor record numbers had clearly come to RWM to do business.”

Inside the exhibition halls, visitors packed-out the three free seminar theatres as top flight speakers delivered thought-leading presentations on Local Authority, Business and Energy & Water themes. Among the most popular were those given by retailers like Asda, Sainsbury and Marks & Spencer; from Miller Homes and Wates in the construction sector, and those covering the subjects of anaerobic digestion, energy from waste and carbon reduction. RWM provided exhibitors with the perfect environment to meet prospective customers obtain sales leads and, in many cases, sign lucrative new contracts.

Biffa and Stadler signed the contract for a £13.5 million advanced automation Commercial & Industrial treatment facility to be built at Trafford Park, Manchester. Senior representatives from Stadler, the turnkey plant supplier, and TITECH UK, providers of the automated sorting systems joined Dr John Casey of Biffa to sign the contract on Stadler’s stand at the show.

JCB also announced the sale of two new high specification machines on show in the outdoor area to Newcastle-based Graphite Resources Limited, which will use them for handling waste at its £50 million Derwenthaugh EcoParc facility on the banks of the River Tyne. The vehicles were 456ZX wheeled loading shovel and JCB JS220LC tracked excavator complete with new JCB SG Selector Grab attachment.

'It’s been the best RWM yet, and very important for Helesi as a venue for a UK launch,” said Ian Bellamy, UK business director at Helesi. “We’ve generated very good quality leads from the local authority and private contractor markets.”

Corin Wright, sales and marketing manager at JMC Recycling was surprised and delighted at the success of their stand: “We took orders for 24 of our metal recycling machines including all of our display models. That’s more than last year and much more than we were expecting in the current climate. We are also getting more orders from our sales follow up.”

“We’ve been absolutely inundated,” said Fraser Macintyre, national sales manager at Recresco. “This is the best RWM in the ten years we’ve been attending. I can’t fault it. Even on the last day it’s been very, very lively. Visitors from the local authority sector have been plentiful and we’ve got some great quality leads.”
Behind the scenes organisers were keen to minimise the environmental impact of the exhibition. Dry waste segregated by exhibitors and visitors at the recycling points provided by SSI Schaefer and Straight was compacted and baled by Mil-tek, while food waste collected from the NEC’s catering outlets was processed onsite by Tidy Planet.

RWM 10 takes place from 14 to 16 September 2010 at the Birmingham NEC. Entry remains free of charge. For more information visit www.rwmexhibition.com ; for a flavour of RWM 09 visit the exhibition blog http://blog.emap.com/rwm/ and follow RWM on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rwmexhibition
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Photographs: A comprehensive selection of photographs of RWM 09 is available on request from Iona Communications (see below) or can be downloaded from: http://www.ionaftp.com/emap/RWM09/RWM_09_Show/

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