Who they are?

Reed Exhibitions is the world's first event organiser, with a portfolio of approximately 500 events in 40 countries including UK, Austria, USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Australia and the Middle East. Reed Exhibitions, which employs about 3,500 staff, is a division of RELX Group, a provider of professional information and workflow solutions in the science, legal, medical, risk management and business sectors. In 2011, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,391 million on turnover of £6,002 million.

What they do?

Reed Exhibitions organises market leading events that are relevant to industry needs, where participants from around the world come together to do business, network and learn. Its exhibitions and conferences encompass a wide range of sectors, including: broadcasting, TV, music & entertainment; building & construction; electronics & electrical engineering; alternative energy, oil & gas; engineering, manufacturing & processing; gifts; interior design; IT & telecoms; jewellery; life sciences & pharmaceuticals; marketing; property & real estate; sports & recreation; and travel.

In January 2012 Reed Exhibitions took full ownership of our joint venture, Alcantara Machado, Brazil’s leading exhibition organiser.


The origins of Reed Exhibitions can be traced to 1966 when IPC purchased a stake in US Cahners Publishing and its exhibition portfolio. IPC was acquired by Reed International in 1970 and over the next 15 years, Reed and Cahners continued to grow their exhibition business in the US, Asia and Europe through acquisitions and mergers, becoming Reed Exhibition Companies in 1986.

With the purchase of Miller Freeman Europe in 2000, Reed Exhibitions became the world’s largest exhibition organiser. In the decade since, there has been a shift in emphasis towards the growth markets of China, Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, fueled by joint venture partnerships and the leveraging of market-leading Reed brands.

Reed’s first major presence in China (Reed Huayin) was established in 2003, followed by Reed Sinopharm in 2005 and Reed Huabo in 2007. In 2007 Reed also acquired a joint venture partnership with Alcantara Machado in Brazil - in January 2012 Reed made a move to buy out the partnership and consequently now own Alcantara Machado outright.In 2011 Reed Multiplus was acquired. Reed Multiplus is also based in Brazil and it specialises in renewable energy events, as well as events in the furniture market.

Reed Exhibitions is seeking to increase the proportion of the portfolio in Asia and emerging markets from 24% to 35%


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