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CEDIA UK EXPO 2007 Gains Industry Association Support

CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, has gained support for its annual Expo (ExCeL London, 25th-28th June 2007) from two influential industry trade associations. BIDA (British Interior Design Association) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) are both lending their credibility and marketing support to CEDIA Expo 2007.
Support from these key associations will ensure extensive exposure for CEDIA Expo 2007 and will help secure a growth in interior designers and architects visiting the show.
“As an organisation dedicated to advancing architecture through professional excellence, it is vital that we keep our members up to speed with new electronics systems for the home, and the potential of this technology for integration and concealment within the fabric of residential properties.” explains Minesh Patel, CPD Marketing at RIBA. “That’s why we’re supporting CEDIA Expo, a unique education and product showcase event where attendance carries CPD points for architects.”
“We are delighted to support CEDIA Expo. BIDA and CEDIA members share a common purpose – we create beautiful home interiors to meet the lifestyle aspirations of our clients. As a result, our members often work closely with CEDIA members to integrate home electronics technology seamlessly into designs” says Dean Keyworth, Chair of BIDA. “CEDIA Expo is a great opportunity for our members to find out about the latest developments in this area. It provides the chance to see at close hand technologies, such as, LCD, plasma and projector screens, multi-room audio systems, automated furniture mechanisms and lighting control solutions, and understand how their inclusion into a scheme can be stylish as well as efficient.”
Listening to exhibitor feedback after 2006, CEDIA has made a number of improvements which will help in 2007. These include creating larger aisles to make visitor traffic flow easier and an extra day for build up and break down (two days in total), ensuring easier access and traffic management at the event. CEDIA Expo has also relocated to a new hall (Hall S1-S4) at ExCeL London, which is nearer to the venue’s main entrance and provides better access to catering facilities. More routes to nearby London City Airport and a new car park underneath the venue will meanwhile, make it easier for visitors and exhibitors to attend the event.
ExCeL London had a double award win at ‘The Event Awards’ at the end of September where the venue took gold for ‘Live Events Venue’ and silver for ‘Exhibition Venue of the Year’.
Other relevant developments at ExCeL London bode well for the social and networking side of CEDIA Expo. In the past twelve months a number of new bars and restaurants have opened close to ExCeL London, whilst nearby Canary Wharf is also gaining in reputation for the quality of its pubs, restaurants and hotels. Making use of these facilities, CEDIA is currently finalising exciting plans for the Chairman’s Reception, the CEDIA Awards presentation and CEDIA Party – so watch this space for developments.
CEDIA Expo 2007 is the only dedicated trade event for Europe’s fast-growing home technology, automation and integration sector. Last year’s CEDIA Expo attracted over 6,000 trade visitors to London. As the market continues to expand, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.


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