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February 2, 2012

Trophex 2012 really pulls in the crowds!

Back in January the Trophex exhibition took place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The show was a great success with numbers up 20% on previous years and visitors from as far and wide as Kenya, the USA and Estonia. Crowds of people came through the door, isles and stands were packed with eager visitors trying to be the first to see the new seasons awards, new machines and new products which exhibitors had to offer.

Trophex is the only major show in the UK devoted to the trophy, awards and engraving industry. The show has a good balance of exhibitors who represent the industry, some exhibit year after year and for some it was their first time. Regular exhibitor Glenway Products Ltd had another great show. They were delighted with their stand which had a new layout for 2012 and showed their products in a new light. Andrew Sharp, Managing Director said: “We were really pleased with the turnout again this year. Our new Xplode range has gone down very well with visitors and we are very optimistic for the year ahead.” Sharing the Glenway stand for a second year was Victory from the USA. Eric Priceman, Victory's vice president was happy with the results: "I see a lot of positives from Trophex. It seemed like traffic was up this year and customers were in more of a buying mood than in recent years. Glenway is our main distributor in the UK and it was nice to see their customers take a genuine interest in the product range." Victory has introduced new items for 2012, including white brass plated steel suitable for both sublimation and laser engraving, new mahogany coloured Recognition Pocket ™ magnetic perpetual plaques, and new ‘ZA’ plates. The latter feature high definition artwork on plaque plates in brass plated steel.

The Trophex Awards returned for a second year and once again these proved very popular. This year there were even more categories and entries and these looked very impressive as they lined the TEN/EURO TEN stand. Visitors could vote all day on Sunday and up until midday on Monday, the results were announced later on that day and a presentation was made to all the winners.

Sponsors of the Trophex Awards and regular exhibitor to the show were Crystal Galleries who had three generations on their stand! They were showing awards, their stem wear products and sandblasting equipment. Once again Trophex was an excellent show for them. Says Jeremy Lowes, Managing Director: “The quality of customers was good with people taking a genuine interest in our products and sandblasting machines. We had a lot of new customers visit our stand many of which were foreign – we even sold a system to a customer in Beirut! We were very busy throughout the exhibition and even ran out of brochure packs – something we’ve never done before!”

Gravograph exhibit every year but this year they had split their stand into two between the aisle and were showing lasers on one stand and engraving machines on the other. This allowed people to walk in between creating a lot more sales opportunities. Their impressive machines on show included the new LS900XP C02 laser engraving and cutting machine which reaches speeds of up to 4 metres/second and is ideal for matrix applications, rubber stamps, sign making, model making and POP displays. As well as this their new RingCube and TagCube engraving machines were also on display. With the Cube family of engraving machines, Gravograph has launched a new breed of systems focusing on elegance, ease of use and compactness. The RingCube can engrave both inside and outside of rings and bangles and the TagCube is ideal for pet tag engraving, both of which don’t require a pc to operate. So popular were these that they won the Trophex Award for Most Pioneering Piece of Machinery!

Exhibiting from Malta for the first time were Fair Play Awards. The company was started in 2011 and Trophex was the first time they had brought their product ‘Medal Print’ to Europe. Medal Print is a new high speed system that prints high quality nameplates at an affordable price. An alternative to engraving, the Medal Print system can print 100 individually distinct nameplates in under a minute. The software supports the printing of logos, multiple fonts and sizes on unique Medal Print self-adhesive nameplates which are available in a range of transparent or metallic mirror finishes. Dominica Minnaard, Sales Manager of the company said: “We were pleasantly surprised with how busy Trophex was for us. We had a very positive response for Medal Print. Retailers can see where the product is going which is encouraging.”

Visitors to the show included Bob and Steve Chapman from Robert Chapman Presentations & Awards in Sutton Coldfield who visit Trophex every year, when reflecting on the show they said: “Trophex is a buoyant, lively and busy show which is well laid out. We visit the show every year to keep up-to-date with what’s out there, to study market changes and to look at any advances in technology particularly in engraving – the tools of the trade.” They continued: “Trophex is a great day out for us where we can meet with both old and new suppliers to discuss our business. If you don’t come to the show, you don’t have access to this information.”

Trophex 2013 will take place on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th January 2013.

Trophex 2013 may be a long way off but it’s never too early to find out more about this fantastic exhibition.

Hill Media Ltd organise the exhibition and publish the leading magazine for the industry – TEN/EURO TEN – Trophy and Engraving News.

More information can be found on the website:

Hill Media Ltd
Marash House, 2-5 Brook Street
Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5ED
Phone: 00 44 1442 826826
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