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4/2/2012 4:15 PM

logo-informa_thumb.pngIIR Exhibitions, part of Informa plc, the world’s largest organiser of exhibitions, conferences and training events, has acquired Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions from owners Keith Harris and Paul Michael. 

The acquisition includes ShD magazine, and IMHX, one of the world’s leading materials handling and logistics exhibitions, held every three years and attracting more than 350 exhibitors and tens of thousands of industry professionals. IMHX is co-owned by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and is firmly established in the global calendar, with the next event taking place at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2013.

The Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions portfolio will enhance Informa’s position in the Logistics & Supply Chain sector by joining existing Informa products including the TOC Container Supply Chain global series, Intermodal Europe exhibition, RORO Conference and Exhibition and Lloyd’s List Containerisation International, Cargo Systems and IFW publications.

Commenting on the acquisition Peter Hall, Managing Director, of IIR Exhibitions said: “This acquisition is a very good fit for IIR and the strength and depth of Quartz’s Materials Handling products will provide the perfect platform from which to expand our logistics portfolio both here in the UK and overseas. Quartz is an exceptionally well managed business with an excellent reputation in the industry and we are delighted that the Quartz team will be joining Informa.”

Commenting on the acquisition Paul Michael said: “There is a good synergy between Quartz’s Materials Handling products and those of Informa, so the acquisition is a great fit. We believe that Informa have the management team and international resources necessary to grow the business for the benefit of the exhibitors and visitors. This also represents a great opportunity for the staff to join a large company that is enthusiastic and committed to the Handling and Logistics industry.

"The Cleaning portfolio of Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions will be joining our sister company Quartz Business Media Ltd based in Redhill.”

About IIR Exhibitions Ltd

IIR Exhibitions Ltd is part of Informa Exhibitions (, a network of exhibitions businesses within Informa plc that operate around 135 trade and consumer events in over 38 cities across the globe. Its main office locations are in London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Singapore, Melbourne and Beijing.

Each year the group brings together approximately 1 million professionals from every corner of every continent, all looking to meet, network and do business.

Informa plc ( provides academics, businesses and individuals with unparalleled knowledge, up-to-the minute information and highly specialist skills and services. With around 8,000 staff working in some 150 offices in over 40 countries, Informa’s global reach and breadth of offer is unique.

About Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions

Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions consists of IMHX, an exhibition co-owned with the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), Storage Handling & Distribution (ShD) publication, the Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS&D) Exhibition, (incorporating the Frozen and Chilled Foods (F&CF) Show), a joint venture with Sherwin Publications Ltd, as well as the Solids & Bulk Handling publication.

IMHX 2010 attracted 355 exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors from virtually every industry sector, including logistics, materials handling, transportation, food and drink manufacturing, retailing, pharmaceuticals, automotive, manufacturing, engineering, government and many more.

IMHX 2013 will be held at The NEC, Birmingham on March 19th – 22nd 2013.

Storage Handling & Distribution (ShD) is the UK’s leading publication in the materials handling and logistics industry. First published in 1957, ShD continually strives to innovate and reflect the ever changing face of today’s materials handling and logistics market sectors.

The TCS&D Exhibition and F&CF Show is co-owned by Sherwin Publications Ltd, publishers of TCS&D and F&CF magazines and is an exciting new exhibition successfully launched in Peterborough in September of this year and designed to showcase products and services from the specialised frozen and chilled food & temperature controlled logistics industries.

For over 30 years Solids & Bulk Handling has been the leading journal for the solids and bulk handling industries covering many sectors including food, drink, tobacco, animal feed, recycling, quarrying and agriculture.

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