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Ipex relocates to ExCeL as London Secures Landmark Bid for 2014

IPEX 2014The Informa Print Group is delighted to confirm that Ipex 2014 will return to London with the relocation of the exhibition to London’s ExCeL international exhibition and conference centre.  The exhibition will take place in the heartland of London’s redeveloped Royal Docklands from 26 March to 2 April 2014.

"We have undertaken detailed consultation with exhibitor and visitor groups prior to making this decision, and we are extremely excited about the move to ExCeL London for the considerable new opportunities it offers for the expansion and development of Ipex going forward,” said Trevor Crawford, Director of the Informa Print Group. “While our UK audience will always remain critically important to the show, Ipex is a truly global event, and the attraction of London as a venue, and the remaining legacy of the 2012 Olympic investment into the area, will certainly add to the attraction for our international visitors."

ExCeL London, which will play host to seven Olympic and Para Olympic events in 2012, is an award winning international exhibition and convention centre within a 100 acre campus offering 100,000 sq metres of flexible exhibition space, five on-site hotels, numerous bar and restaurants for after hours networking and excellent transport links to central London. 

"This is a significant decision in the history of Ipex that sees the exhibition return to London," continued Trevor Crawford.  "Ipex has been located at the NEC since 1980, some 30 years of its successful history, and until now the NEC venue was the only one in the UK that could handle the sheer size of the event.  Since the expansion of its event halls in May 2010, ExCeL London has now become the perfect venue for Ipex to begin the next chapter in its development."

Commenting on behalf of ExCeL London, Kevin Murphy, CEO said, "We’re delighted to welcome an event such as Ipex to ExCeL with our unrivalled facilities and proven track record for hosting large scale International and UK events.  We believe that the combination of the Informa and ExCeL organising teams will bring a memorable event in 2014 and beyond."

Equally bullish about the move is David Preskett, President of Ipex 2014, Chairman of the IAC (Ipex Advisory Committee) and European Professional Print Director, Canon Europe.  "Relocating to London will give Ipex the backdrop and foundation to further expand its International appeal.  Ipex is a forward-thinking event that is determined to raise the bar to reflect our changing industry and communications media landscape."

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London has welcomed the return of Ipex to London. "It’s tremendous news for London, and certainly befitting to our Olympic legacy and standing on the international events stage that the ‘Olympics of the global Printing Industry’ returns home to our City."

"London offers enormous opportunities for Ipex," said Nick Craig Waller, Marketing Director of Ipex 2014.  "In the coming months, we’ll be engaging with organisations such as Transport for London, as well as our marketing partners to put the fundamentals in place and commence a worldwide marketing campaign to bring an Ipex in 2014 that is second to none."