Reed Buys into India’s Retail Sector by Acquiring IRF

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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New Dehli—Reed Exhibitions expanded its global retail real-estate portfolio by acquiring the India Retail Forum (IRF) portfolio.

IRF will join Reed’s growing portfolio of retail real estate events, which includes MAPIC in France, Italy, China and Real Estate Exhibition (REX) in Russia.

Amitabh Taneja, CEO of Images Multimedia Group and founder of IRF, will join Reed Exhibitions India as Chief Convener and will continue to manage the event along with the co-located Shopping Centre Forum and Regional Retail Forum, which were already part of the IRF portfolio.

“Amitabh has built up a strong business in India and his experience and knowledge of the India retail real estate market combined with Reed Exhibitions global reach will be a great collaborative partnership,” said Michael Mandl, CEO for Reed Exhibitions India.

Mandl said the IRF brand would remain in place. The most-recent conference took place September 21-22 at the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.

Reach Michael Mandl at 011- 66056300 or michael.mandl@reedexpo.co.uk