Trade Show News Network list compiling the top U.S. trade shows includes all four of the Association of Equpment Manufacturer-run events held in North America during the 2011 ranking period. TSNN compiled the list based on net square feet of exhibit space.
ConExpo-Con/Agg took the No. 1 position with more than 2 million net square feet of exhibit space. ICUEE-The Demo Expo for construction/utility ranked No. 4 with more than 1 million net square feet. IFPE, which is focused on the fluid power/motion control/power transmission industry sectors, also made the list.
AEM’s newest show--AG Connect Expo & Summit for agribusiness professionals--made the list in only its second show year. The show has continued to grow since its first show in 2010 and ranked 129 with 174,500 net square feet. IFPE 2011 was a sellout for space and the largest in its history with more than 140,000 net square feet to rank 161.
AEM says the quality of the show experience is the main goal, not size just for size’s sake. “Our success is the result of our industry and customer focus on quality. We have been able to deliver results because of the energetic and diligent teamwork by so many during our show cycles,” stated Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions & events for AEM.
AEM owns and produces trade shows for the benefit of participants and has a reputation for delivering measurable value. The shows promote industry cooperation and co-locations to enhance networking and increase results for participants; they are industry-run and education is a major component.
“AEM shows are privileged to have great industry support and that makes all the difference. For both attendees and exhibitors, these rankings reflect their commitment to the shows, which is the reason for their continued success,” stated Melissa Magestro, AEM’s senior director exhibitions.
“AG CONNECT's early success in growth is an excellent example of the value of co-locations to transform shows into industry gathering places,” noted Sara Truesdale Mooney, AEM show director. “The upcoming 2013 show continues the pace and the now-biennial event is already 10 percent larger than 2011.”