Penton Media Europe and Reed Exhibitions Combine Forces to Better Serve the Manufacturing and Engineering Markets

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2001--Penton Media, Inc. (NYSE: PME - news), a leading, global business-to-business media company, said today that it's Penton Media Europe business in London and Reed Exhibitions UK Ltd have struck a strategic deal to bring together their manufacturing events (Computers in Manufacturing, Inspex, Tooling and Manufacturing Week) at the NEC in Birmingham, England in 2002.

The combined event will be jointly owned by Penton and Reed and managed by Penton Media Europe.

The events will be run under the newly created brand Total Engineering and Manufacturing (TEAM). It will include eight sub-shows: Computers in Manufacturing, Tooling, Factory Automation (new), Drives Motors and Controls, Design Engineering Show, Inspex, Factory Services (new) and Contract Manufacturing (new) -- forming an end-to-end manufacturing event to serve the industry's needs.

Andy Center, Managing Director of Penton Media Europe commented, "Penton was founded on its commitment to media serving manufacturing and we are delighted to further serve the manufacturing and engineering industries. As industry gets more competitive and collaborative, it makes perfect sense to create an event that covers all things to all manufacturers. UK industry needs all its stakeholders to play their part to increase our competitiveness. Now we have a meeting place for all of them annually."

Charlie Salter, General Manager of TEAM added, "It's important for UK industry that the media players unite behind a common cause to bring more buyers and sellers together. With manufacturing representing almost 20% of the UK's GDP, it's important that manufacturing gets the unified support it deserves. Together we aim to create the UK equivalent of the Hanover Fair to put manufacturing and engineering at the top of the national agenda. Coupled with the biggest-ever promotional budget for a broad manufacturing event, we aim to bring the whole industry to its own forum at the NEC next November."

Andrew Roberts, Managing Director of Reed Exhibition Companies (UK), said: "This is a deal whose time has come and one that makes real sense from all points of view. Manufacturing industry is under extreme pressure at the moment and, if ever there was a time to offer a unified and compelling proposition, it is now. We are delighted to be party to a deal that will open up exciting new possibilities not only for Penton and Reed but, most importantly, for the manufacturing industry as a whole."

TEAM 2002 runs 12-14th November 2002 at the NEC in Birmingham.

To inquire about exhibiting, please contact Jonquil Coy or Damon Thomson, +44 208 2321600.

About Penton Media

Penton Media, Inc. is a leading global business-to-business media company that produces market-focused magazines, trade shows and conferences, and Web sites. Penton's integrated media portfolio serves the following industries: manufacturing; design/engineering; Internet/Broadband; information technology; electronics; natural products; food/retail; supply chain; aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality. For more information, visit www.penton.com.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibition Companies is one of the world's leading organisers of trade and consumer events with a portfolio of over 450 events in 35 countries. Each year, Reed brings together over 150,000 suppliers and 9 million buyers from around the globe, facilitating billions of dollars in business. For more information about Reed Exhibition Companies, visit www.reedexpo.com


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