“A lack of industry support” is blamed for the cancellation of this year’s CEDIA Home Technology Event by the organisers. The event was scheduled to take place at ExCeL London from the 29 – 31 May 2012 but exhibitors “have failed to sign up in sufficient numbers to make the event viable this year”.
In 2011, the show was organised for the first time by Upper Street Events and demonstrated positive growth. It featured over 250 brands from across the CI industry and attracted 5,559 attendees, a 7% increase on 2010 figure. This included a significantly higher proportion of architects, interior designers and other specifiers.
Nevertheless, executive director Wendy Griffiths said: “CEDIA has heavily subsidised the show since 2009 in response to demands from the industry for a dedicated CI industry platform in the UK. 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 stakeholders to host the show.”