The Compounding World Expo has been selected as a finalist for two prestigious awards organised by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO). The debut expo, which took place in Essen, Germany in 2018, has been shortlisted for the Best Tradeshow Launch and for the Best International Show – Europe.

“We are delighted that the success of the Compounding World Expo has been recognised in the AEO Excellence Awards 2019,” said Rita Andrews, AMI’s head of exhibitions. “AMI has a long history of organising conferences, but the Compounding World Expo was our first big tradeshow, so it’s a fantastic result to be shortlisted alongside lots of established players,” she added.

Other finalists in the two categories include events organised by market-leading international exhibition companies such as Reed, Informa, EasyFairs and Clarion.

The first Compounding World Expo and Recycling World Expo attracted 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors to Messe Essen in Germany. The new focused event was very positively received by exhibiting companies and by visitors who came from as far afield as Brazil, South Africa and China.

“The focused nature of the expo worked very well for visitors from the plastics compounding sector,” explained Andy Beevers, events director at AMI. “They could meet with key suppliers and participate in highly relevant conference sessions all under one roof. Similarly for exhibitors, the clear focus of the events meant they were meeting large numbers of visitors with a very specific interest in their products and services”.

The second Compounding World Expo is taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on 8-9 May, and is building on the success of the launch event with even more exhibitors. The exhibition will return to Essen, Germany next year on 3-4 June 2020.