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INTERNATIONAL 13Informa's Brazil plansBRAZILInforma has made two strategic acquisitions in Brazil in a new attempt to cement its position for leading trade exhibitions.The publicly-listed company has bought Brasil Trade shows Partners Participacoes (BTs) and is organiser of trade shows in the food and beverage services, furniture manufacturing and franchising sectors, from DLJ south American Partners LP. It is best known for exhibition brands including Fispal, ABF and ForMobile.Informa has also acquired Ibratexpo Feiras e Eventos from the Alatzatianou family including serigrafia, one of largest sign, screen and digital imaging shows in south America.German trade fairs market reports 2011 turnaroundThe German trade fair industry has shown promise of resurgence in the first quarter of 2011, following a marked decline beginning in 2009 and levelling off in 2010.Speaking at the annual press conference for the Association of German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), chairman Hans-Joachim Boekstegers (pictured) said the growth shown by many of Germany's industrial sectors has had a positive effect on exhibitions.Compared to 2009, figures from last year show a slowing pace of decline in terms of rented space (2009: -6 per cent, 2010: -3.2 per cent) and visitor numbers (2009: -8.4 per cent, 2010: -0.8 per cent). In addition, more than half of exhibitors came from abroad. About one quarter of visitors were from outside Germany.Shows organised outside of Germany by German companies grew significantly to 226 in 2010, following a 2009 drop year from 220 to 211.GERMANYUBM-MontGoMery shows wIn saUdI MInIstry BackInGUBM and Alagat Montgomery have won the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Interior and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for their jointly organised events IFSEC Arabia and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Arabia. IFSEC Arabia, which takes place at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre (pictured) on 20 to 22 November brings together fire, safety and industrial security solution providers with Government and commercial buyers in both Saudi Arabia and the Middle East and North African region. The co-located OSH Expo Arabia provides professionals involved in occupational safety and health with a platform to source products and services, as well as an extensive educational programme. IFSEC Arabia is held alongside the 14th International Conference and Exhibition for Industrial Security, organised by Saudi's Higher Commission for Industrial Security.SAUDI ARABIA Messe Munich eyes Mosbuild Messe Munich's international arm IMAG is launching an event aimed at the building, architecture and design industry in Russia and its surrounding countries. Buildex 2012 will run from 3 to 6 April 2012 at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre, expanding IMAG's portfolio of trade fairs for the construction sector, which includes construction machinery trade fair CTT Moscow. The launch marks a bold move by IMAG, which has been active in the Russian market since 1991, as it runs directly against the first week of regional market leader and UFI-approved event Mosbuild, held at Moscow Expocentre from 2 to 13 April.A spokesman for IMAG said Buildex, aimed at the high-value end of the sector, will be competitive with Mosbuild, a fact they attributed in part to the high standard of technical facilities and easy accessibility of Crocus Expo.RUSSIAbitec invests in facilitiesThe Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) is investing THB 750m (£15.2m) in its facilities in anticipation of increased business brought in by the extension of Bangkok's skyTrain due to open 12 August.The company is spending THB 350m on a welcome hall and walkway to connect the centre with sukhumvit Road to attract visitors and exhibitors travelling by elevated train. The welcome hall and walkway will add 5,000sqm to the centre. Both projects are expected to be complete by year-end.The venue is also investing THB 400m to renovate existing facilities, which today span 50,400sqm.The development is thought to be a deciding factor in Reed Tradex signing a three-year advance with the venue for 2011 through 2013 for Manufacturing Expo, one of Asia's most significant manufacturing and supporting industry events.THAILAND

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