Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions
Industry Exhibitions, Conferences and Events
Founded 1968 (1968)
Headquarters Richmond, Surrey, England
Key people
Mike Rusbridge - Chairman, Chet Burchett - CEO
Number of employees
~ 3,500

Reed Exhibitions is the world's first event organiser, with a portfolio of approximately 500 events in 40 countries including UK, Austria, USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Australia and the Middle East. Reed Exhibitions, which employs about 3,500 staff, is a division of RELX Group, a provider of professional information and workflow solutions in the science, legal, medical, risk management and business sectors. In 2011, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,391 million on turnover of £6,002 million.[1]

Reed Exhibitions' primary focus is large-scale business-to-business events, although it also runs a small number of consumer events. Reed’s main industry sectors are: aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation and travel.


The origins of Reed Exhibitions can be traced to 1966 when IPC purchased a stake in US Cahners Publishing and its exhibition portfolio. IPC was acquired by Reed International in 1970 and over the next 15 years, Reed and Cahners continued to grow their exhibition business in the US, Asia and Europe through acquisitions and mergers, becoming Reed Exhibition Companies in 1986.

With the purchase of Miller Freeman Europe in 2000, Reed Exhibitions became the world’s largest exhibition organiser. In the decade since, there has been a shift in emphasis towards the growth markets of China, Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, fueled by joint venture partnerships and the leveraging of market-leading Reed brands.

Reed’s first major presence in China (Reed Huayin) was established in 2003, followed by Reed Sinopharm in 2005 and Reed Huabo in 2007. In 2007 Reed also acquired a joint venture partnership with Alcantara Machado in Brazil - in January 2012 Reed made a move to buy out the partnership and consequently now own Alcantara Machado outright.[2] In 2011 Reed Multiplus was acquired. Reed Multiplus is also based in Brazil and it specialises in renewable energy events, as well as events in the furniture market.[3]

Reed Exhibitions is seeking to increase the proportion of the portfolio in Asia and emerging markets from 24% to 35%.[4]

Reed Exhibitions also caused an uproar at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show when they decided to not allow personal defense weapons at the show, also known as AR-15s. This decision caused a huge backlash and subsequent boycott that eventually shut the show down for 2013. Also the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) terminated their management of the SHOT show held in Las Vegas every year.[5]

Key people

Selected list of Reed-run trade shows

See also


  1. Reed Elsevier Annual Report. (2011)
  2. "Strategic Milestone Achieved: Reed Exhibitions Acquires Brazil’s Equipotel & Completes Alcantara Machado JV". February 16, 2012.
  3. Mickey, Bill (February 24, 2011). "Reed Exhibitions Acquires Brazilian Energy Event Organizer". Expoweb.
  5. National Shooting Sports Foundation. "NSSF Statement on Management of the SHOT Show". National Shooting Sports Foundation. National Shooting Sports Foundation. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. 1 2 "Management team". Reed Exhibitions. Retrieved May 14, 2014.

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