Home Technology Event cancelled

This year’s Home Technology Event has been cancelled due to lack of industry support.

The show, organised on behalf of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (Cedia) was due to take place at London’s ExCel from May 29-31.

Although last year’s show featured more than 250 brands from across the custom installation (CI) industry and attracted 5,559 visitors – seven per cent more than the year before – exhibitors failed to sign up in sufficient numbers to make this year’s event viable.

“We recognise that these are challenging times for the CI industry, alongside many other sectors of the economy,” said Cedia’s executive director Wendy Griffiths.

“Cedia has heavily subsidised the show since 2009 in response to demands from the membership for a dedicated CI industry platform.”

However, she added: “Without the support of the majority of suppliers from within the sector, we have decided that it is not in the best interests of its membership to continue to do so.”

Ms Griffiths said Cedia was keen to find an alternative platform for the residential custom installation industry that works for all parties in the future – exhibitors, visitors and Cedia.

“Cedia will continue to serve the needs of the industry through the Cedia Awards and Connect with Cedia events,” she added.

She confirmed the association would continue to collaborate closely with Upper Street Events (which worked on the Home Technology Event) on other activities including the Gadget Show Live which will feature a professional day on April 10, 2012.

“Cedia membership remains at an all time high,” she said, “and we are looking forward confidently to the rest of the year and beyond.”

Cedia is already closely involved with a European event for the commercial and residential AV and systems integration sector, Integrated Systems Europe (http://www.iseurope.org/), which opens in Amsterdam on January 31.

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