RWM17 Exhibition Review
Bunting Magnetics Review UK’s Waste & Recycling Show
On the 12th to 14th September 2017, the focus for the UK’s recycling and waste industry was the RWM 2017 exhibition (NEC, Birmingham). Bunting Magnetics, along with their acquired business Master Magnets, were demonstrating metal separation on an Eddy Current Separator (for non-ferrous metals) and Stainless Steel Separator.
Bunting’s Dave Hills (Head of Sales) gave us his thoughts on the show:
“We [Bunting and Master Magnets] have come away from the show with some very high quality leads. In fact, our sales team will be visiting potential customers this week and we are organising urgent tests at our site in Redditch.
The number of visitors to RWM17 appeared to be down on 2016, with day 1 and 3 particularly poorly attended. The middle day was really busy and this was when we generated the vast majority of the leads.
As in previous years, we had Magnetic Separation equipment operating on the stand to stimulate interest. And, as usual, our plan was successful with some of the enquiries being a direct result of visitors seeing a large lump of stainless steel being magnetically attracted and separated. Our ethos of ‘Seeing Is Believing’ was correct and this has now moved onto the next step with the planning of more extensive tests at our Master Magnets plant.
Despite the positives, our major concern going forward is that the number of visitors to RWM continue to fall each year. As openly discussed with exhibitors and visitors, there is a good argument for the show to be held every two-years instead of annually. Indeed, many German exhibitions are only held every two or even three years. There are possibly not enough new developments in the waste and recycling sector to justify visitors attending the show every year. However, despite those concerns, the organisers simply seem intent on an annual show with the announcement of RWM18.
At this year’s show, many exhibitors openly admitted that they would not be attending RWM in 2018. This continued contraction of the primary exhibition for recycling and waste in the UK is a real concern. An honest and open review, with input from visitors and exhibitors, is needed. RWM should be a showcase for the whole waste and recycling industry, but further contraction may put it at risk of closure.
Only in time will we [Bunting and Master Magnets] be able to measure the return on our investment in RWM17, once we been able to visit and speak with visitors and assess how we can help them solve their metal separation problems..
We wish to thank everyone who took the time to visit our stand at RWM17. Our team enjoyed the show and we will be in contact with you shortly.”
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