New York – The Battery Show North America and its co-located events was acquired by UK-based UBM from Smarter Shows, another U.K.-based company, adding the energy storage shows to its Advanced Manufacturing Group. The co-located shows include the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo and Critical Power Expo.
The Advanced Manufacturing Group stages eight annual and three biennial events and is the leading producer for the $3 trillion advanced manufacturing industry. The 2016 Battery Show North America and the co-located shows were held in September in Novi, Mich. outside of Detroit, drawing about 530 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees. Organizers said that was the best attendance ever at the shows.
Lori Silva, managing director for the Advanced Manufacturing Group of UBM Americas, told Association Show News that the show is the “leading event in the booming global market for batteries and energy storage.”
Scott Schulman, CEO of UBM Americas, added that the Battery Show “has tremendous synergies with UBM’s existing advanced manufacturing business” that is poised for growth in the medical, aerospace, consumer goods, electronics and automotive industries.
That optimism was reflected at the most recent Battery Show North America, where keynote speakers Dr. Paul Albertus, Program Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy and Jim Greenberger, Executive Director for NAATBATT International—a U.S. trade association—told attendees that the auto industry’s growing demand for greener vehicles with better fuel efficiency was one of the factors driving demand for cost-effective energy storage. “There is a need for grid-level energy storage solutions,” Albertus told attendees.