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INTERNATIONAL NEwswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 13ITE expands Turkish stakeTURKEYITE Group has acquired a 60 per cent stake in Turkish exhibition company YEM Fuarcilik (YEMF) for up to £16.3m.YEMF owns three exhibitions covering the building materials and construction industries including TurkeyBuild, an annual construction event held in Istanbul in April/May. "The addition of these three exhibitions to ITE's Turkish business is consistent with our strategy of building market-leading positions in core markets and sectors," said ITE chief executive Russell Taylor.ITE can acquire the remaining shares on agreed terms over a three- to five-year period.TurkeyBuild 2011 attracted 110,000 visitors.Diversified plans Q2 launchesDiversified Business Communications is launching seven shows internationally in India, Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Canada, the US and the Netherlands over the next two years.Office management exhibition Office will run for the first time in the US (Washington DC), Canada (Toronto) and select Australian cities after a successful launch in the UK last year.Fine Food India launches in May 2012, replacing the Drink Expo acquired from Tarsus, while Grand Designs Australia Live will run in May 2012 in Melbourne and is a partnership between Diversified and Media 10.Natural and Organic Scandinavia launches at the new Malmömässan venue in Sweden.Other events include the Digital Asset Management Conference (DAM) in the Netherlands and Frozen Food Asia in Hong Kong, co-located with Restaurant and Bar Hong Kong and the Asian Seafood Exposition.Diversified UK MD Carsten Holm (pictured) said Diversified is now looking for local partners to push into new territories where it does not yet have offices.WORLDarTExIs opEns norDIc DIvIsIonArtexis, the Belgian owner of low-cost organiser Easyfairs, has created a new division to consolidate its presence in Scandinavia.Artexis Nordic AB is the exhibition venue management company of the newly-built exhibition venue Malmömässan in Malmö, Sweden (pictured). It claims the 20,000sqm venue will be 'quicker to reach from Copenhagen Airport by train than Bella Center in Copenhagen itself'.Malmömässan, which opens its doors in 2012, is expected to cater for the events of small-to-medium regional organisers.Lars Larsson has been appointed CEO, while Easyfairs board member Håkan Gershagen becomes chairman. Peter Wanderydz, MD of Easyfairs Scandinavia, continues his responsibilities across Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.Artexis Group assumes 57 per cent of Artexis Nordic, with Wanderydz picking up 19 per cent, Gershagen 19 per cent and Larsson five per cent."We believe Easyfairs Nordic will be a bigger market than Easyfairs Belgium in two years," Gershagen told EN. "We've been very well received in the Nordic market, which has been controlled by the city-operated halls. Very few independent organisers have been successful in launching businesses here."SWEDEN ASSOCIATION ChIefS SeArCh fOr UNITY The leaders of four United states exhibition and event industry associations are convening for the first All-Exhibition Industry summit later this year.The purpose of the summit is to create a set of guiding principles that will define industry best practices. Representatives include AsAE president John Graham, EsCA chairman Chuck Grouzard, IAEE chairman Vinnie Polito and sIsO chairman sean Guerre."There have been many piecemeal attempts throughout the years to define those practices that are essential to the efficient and fair conduct of business in the exhibition industry," said Grouzard. "while we applaud all of those past attempts the fact remains there are too many troublesome issues that demand a common and agreed-upon set of understandings."USATrAde fAIr mArkeT dOUbleS IN SIx YeArSOrganisers in Asia sold 15.5m net square metres in 2010, almost twice that recorded in 2004 (8.1m sqm), according to the latest edition of UFI's annual report on the Asian trade fair market.The report, commissioned by exhibition association UFI and conducted by Business strategies Group (BsG) in Hong Kong, shows that the trade fair industry in Asia expanded 4.3 per cent in 2010.Overall, revenues from trade fairs in Asia increased 4.7 per cent over the same period, rising to $3.55bn (£2.2bn).China, the largest trade fair market in Asia, was in step with the regional average and grew by 4.3 per cent as 8.5m sqm were sold there. According to BsG, the trade fair market in China now largely defines the region and is the largest trade fair market "by any measure".The fastest growing locations were smaller trade fair markets, the Philippines and Macau. Hong Kong grew by 11 per cent.ASIA