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Informa acquires materials handling business to become key player in logistics sector

IIR Exhibitions, part of Informa PLC, the world’s largest organiser of exhibitions, conferences and training events, has today announced the acquisition of Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions from owners Keith Harris and Paul Michael.

The acquisition includes IMHX, one of the world’s leading materials handling and logistics exhibitions, held every three years and attracting more than 350 exhibitors and tens of thousands of industry professionals.  IMHX is co-owned by the British Industrial Truck Association and is firmly established in the global calendar, with the next event taking place at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2013.

The Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions portfolio will enhance Informa’s position in the Logistics & Supply Chain sector by joining existing Informa products including the TOC Container Supply Chain global series, Intermodal Europe exhibition, RORO Conference and Exhibition and Lloyd’s List Containerisation International, Cargo Systems and IFW publications. 

Commenting on the acquisition Peter Hall, Managing Director, of IIR Exhibitions said, “This acquisition is a very good fit for IIR and the strength and depth of Quartz’s Materials Handling products will provide the perfect platform from which to expand our logistics portfolio both here in the UK and overseas.  Quartz is an exceptionally well managed business with an excellent reputation in the industry and we are delighted that the Quartz team will be joining Informa”

“There is a good synergy between Quartz’s Materials Handling products and those of Informa, so the acquisition is a great fit.," Paul Michael. "We believe that Informa have the management team and international resources necessary to grow the business for the benefit of the exhibitors and visitors. This also represents a great opportunity for the staff to join a large company that is enthusiastic and committed to the Handling and Logistics industry.  The Cleaning portfolio of Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions will be joining our sister company Quartz Business Media Ltd based in Redhill”