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INTERNATIONAL NEwswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 13ANIME JOINS COMIC CONAMERICASReed has confirmed the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) is to become an integral part of pop culture event New York Comic Con (NYCC).The decision means the NYAF ceases to be staged as a separate co-located event, having been launched in December 2007 as a standalone festival offering content and entertainment to anime fans and professionals in New York City.While NYAF will no longer be a separate entity, its mission to serve the anime community will be a priority and remains consistent with past standards of excellence, according to the organiser, Reed subsidiary ReedPOP.TOY FAIR TO PLAY IN CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is hosting what it claims is the first international toy and game trade fair ever held on the African continent.The as yet unnamed exhibition, which takes place in August 2013, is the brainchild of celebrity Australian toy innovator Ken Howard, who hopes to use the event to kickstart a vibrant toy design and manufacturing industry in South Africa."Ken's innovative concept is great news for Cape Town and the country as a whole," said chief operating officer of the CTICC Joey Pather. "With his vision, and the support of local industry bodies and business organisations, we are hopeful that the event will evolve into a world-class showcase, on par with similar events held in the United States and Europe."Howard gained fame when he developed a board game called Parliament to teach his children about his country's parliamentary processes. He has since developed more than 1,000 products and is the creator of the MasterChef Australia board game. He regularly consults for companies, TV shows and advertising agencies around the world and helps aspiring toymakers get their ideas off the ground.AFRICAREEd FORMS NEW JVS IN ASIAReed Exhibitions has formed new partnerships in China and Indonesia.The new Reed Hongda Exhibitions will host the China International Automotive Aftermarket Expo and China Auto Accessories Trade Fair (CIAAF), which is in its ninth edition in Zhengzhou this year. Reed has 55 major events in the country.Reed said it hoped to develop CIAAF into a landmark annual event in Asia's auto aftermarket sector. The most recent event spanned more than 200,000sqm and took place on 26-30 June. It was expected to attract 2,400 local and international exhibitors. CIAAF was previously organised by the China Auto Fitting Industry Federation. Reed pointed out China's automotive aftermarket is on the up and was valued at RMB430bn (£4.31bn) in 2011. It is expected to reach RMB550bn this year."This new commitment in Zhengzhou is a statement of our intent to ensure the success of this new venture by dedicating Reed's global resources to the efforts here," Reed Exhibitions Greater China president Preecha S. Chen said. "Reed's international offices and extensive sales networks across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US will all be leveraged for success in this city."Reed Exhibitions has also formed a joint venture with Indonesia's Panorama Group to run a new exhibition for the mining industry.Reed Panorama Exhibitions' (RPE) first event will be the trade show Mining and Engineering Indonesia Expo, taking place in Jakarta this October. The partnership also sees the exhibition arm of Panorama Group's MICE subsidiary Panorama Convex Indah folded into RPE, retitled as Panorama Meetings and Events.Panorama Group CEO Budi Tirtawisata said the partnership will lead to improved quality for exhibitions in Jakarta.ASIAE3 mulls movE from los angElEs Video game trade show E3 may relocate if ongoing disputes over Los Angeles redevelopment plans are not immediately resolved, according to reports.with more than 45,000 attendees and an estimated generation of around Us$40m (£25.5m) for local industry, the loss of E3 would be a significant blow to the Californian city. But according to the Los Angeles Times, the video game industry's largest annual trade show may be looking for a new home.Plans for the proposed Farmers Field development and Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) rebuild will need to be resolved "imminently" according to president of organiser, the Entertainment software Association (EsA), Michael Gallagher."we're still in discussions with the city of Los Angeles," said Gallagher, according to the Los Angeles Times, "but we have a number of issues that still need to be resolved. If we can't resolve them, we are preparing to go elsewhere." AMERICASEasYfaIrs To PolIsH munICH's mETallEasyFairs has assumed control of GHM's Munich-based metalworking industry show, Metall Munchen, and announced a series of changes including a rebrand.The new-look Metall 2013 returns to the New Munich Trade Fair Centre for its fourth edition from 6 to 8 March 2013 and will run for three days instead of four. The biennial event was previously held in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The financial arrangement has not been disclosed."we plan to run the show largely according to its traditional format, though we will introduce some new features in line with our successful easyFairs concept," easyFairs German MD siegbert Hieber said."In particular, this means a more compact, visitor-friendly atmosphere and free admission for bona fide metal industry professionals who pre-register or who are invited by exhibitors."The company plans to change the focus of the show from a European-oriented event for metal working in industry and trade to a regional trade show dedicated to metal processing. EUROPE