NMBS held its 50th annual exhibition at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and attracted the highest number of registered visitors in its half century history, with over 1,000 member attendees.
The exhibition also saw the highest number of different exhibitors to date and had a total of 280 of the organisation’s supplier members across 360 stands.
Managing Director Chris Hayward commented: “The very first NMBS Exhibition was held at the Pennine Hotel in Derby in 1968 and ever since it has continued to go from strength to strength.”
Many exhibitors also had on-stand entertainment including ArtificialGrass.com, which used a boxing machine to run a competition to see who had the hardest punch. OX had a pair of football freestylers on hand and Forterra offered visitors the chance to have a caricature drawn by their own on-stand artist.
The annual award for ‘Stand of the Year’ went to power tool manufacturer, Milwaukee.
Chris concluded: “It’s perhaps befitting that the show which coincided with the half centenary of the NMBS Exhibition proved to be our busiest to date. I would like to thank everyone who visited or exhibited as well as all the NMBS team involved in staging and supporting such a major and successful event.”