Geneva’s Palexpo SA joins forces with EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Fair organisers

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October 2013

The future of the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Fair at the Palexpo in Geneva looks secure as the organisers have announced the establishment of a new pool of shareholders, with the exhibition centre’s operating company Palexpo SA taking a commercial interest in the fair. Co-founders André Colard and Olivier Saenger retain a one-third interest in the fair and will remain involved with its organization jointly with Palexpo SA.

“We want to enshrine the success of the EPHJ- EPMT-SMT Trade Fair over the long term,” explains Olivier Saenger. “We therefore took the decision to strengthen our shareholder base and consolidate our organization.” The move follows a successful 2013 edition of the fair at the Palexpo in Geneva which saw 755 exhibitors and over 18,000 visitors.

“Palexpo was an obvious choice for us, since we have been partnering with this team of professionals in building up the success of our Trade Fair in Geneva over the past two years,” underlines André Colard. “We will, of course, continue to work closely with the organizers to ensure a smooth transition and guarantee the continuity of our Trade Fair, true to the spirit and principles which made its success.”

Palexpo SA will progressively take over the reins beginning 1 November. “The EPHJ- EPMT-SMT Trade Fair is the most important annual professional trade fair in Switzerland,” says Robert Hensler, Chairman of the Board of Palexpo SA. "Its success is undeniable, and it has made a major contribution to the growth and visibility of a sector that plays such a pivotal role in driving the dynamism of our industry. These factors inspired us to become involved on an economic and operational level in this event. Palexpo will ensure that all its teams’ experience is employed to continually improve the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Fair while preserving the principles and values that have been intrinsic to its reputation and success.”

The next edition of the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Fair will be held from 17 to 20 June 2014. With three quarters of reservations already finalised, it once again promises to be an outstanding event.