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Reed Exhibitions announces acquisition of 40,000-visitor India BIG7 event

IBTM World organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced the acquisition of the India BIG7 trade fair, which is set to welcome 40,000 visitors in August.

Launched in 1993, the annual event is India’s largest trade event for gifts, stationery, writing instruments, office supplies, gadgets, houseware, kitchenware and home décor.

The Mumbai-based event will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Nesco Center, Goregaon East, between 21-24 August.

India BIG7 is set to host 1,500 exhibitors, from 10 countries, and becomes the latest edition to the Reed portfolio that includes more than 500 events across the globe.

Gregory Zaraisky CEO, Reed Exhibitions, India, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed this acquisition and look forward to welcoming the BIG7 event team to Reed Exhibitions, India.”

India BIG7 is organised by Introduction Trade Shows which has organised more than 600 events since 1984 and annually conduct over 22 exhibitions in India and overseas.

Jivesh Sachdev, managing director, Introduction Trade Shows, said: “I firmly believe India BIG7 will attain phenomenal growth & enrich its global presence with the world-class management & operational excellence of Reed Exhibitions.

“The organisation’s experience in delivering customer value and investment in technology will benefit our customers and BIG7’s future development tremendously.”

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX, hosts events for 43 industry sectors in almost 30 countries welcoming around 130,000 exhibitors and attracting more than seven million participants.

BIG7 joins a growing portfolio of Reed Exhibitions gift shows in Germany, Japan, Australia and China.

Zaraisky, said: “Having known Jivesh Sachdev and his flagship event India BIG7 for more than two years, we have been very impressed by the team’s continuous drive to innovate, keep the event on-trend while focusing on the customers’ needs today and in the future.

“By joining forces, we can increase customer value and help accelerate the transformation of the industries which urgently need investment, innovation and new technologies.”

RELX is a provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers with four sectors: scientific, technical and medical, risk and business analytics, legal and exhibitions.