The Toy Fair Exhibition claims it has sold out its expanded Olympia show footprint two months before its 60th annual event.
The trade show returns to Olympia on 22-24 January 2013 and will extend out from the venue’s Grand Hall to also include the recently-refurbished West Hall. Event director Simon Pilling said more than 230 companies will be featured in comparison to 218 this year, including 53 first-time exhibitors.
A further 21 companies are returning with bigger stands, while 41 exhibitors will be featured in The Greenhouse, a zones focused on emerging brands that celebrates its 10th anniversary next year. Manufacturers that have confirmed attendance include Bandai, Character Options, Lego, Spin Master, Drumond Park and Golden Bear.
Strong growth in exhibitions over the last four months has helped Centaur report a 14 per cent rise in revenues.
According to an interim management statement covering 1 July to 31 October 2012, group revenues showed double-digit growth year-on-year, while pre-tax earning margins benefitted by recent restructuring initiatives.
Key contributors were exhibition business and shows such as Employee Benefits Live, Aidex and the National Home Improvement Show, which all performed ahead of expectations. As previously reported in EN, the National Home Improvement Show claimed record numbers for visitor and exhibition attendance this year.
Centaur said exhibitions now accounted for 30 per cent of total revenues, up from 22 per cent on the same period last year. It also claimed to be generating good momentum by building a strong pipeline of event launches.
On the 3rd October 2012, BloodHound launched the biggest rocket fired in the UK for over 20 years at the Newquay Cornwall Airport. This was a key development in the making of their record breaking attempt of a 1000mph car. For this project we were asked to design the interior of three aircraft hangars and cater for the needs of over 450 guests. With only 16 days from planning to completion, find out how Bell Stone helped make this event a success.
The Initial Stages
Our first step was to visit the site to take measurements and photographs. The three aircraft hangars measured 1000 sqm each (10700 square ft). Being there really gave us a feel for the space we had and the potential for what we could do with it.
On our return to the office we began work on detailed 3D models for each of the hangars. This included the design of all the displays, exhibits, seating layouts, and arrangement of over 100 media personnel and equipment.
At the Aerohub, Newquay Cornwall Airport, the BLOODHOUND Project successfully tested its unique hybrid rocket system, for first time.
Bell Stone Associates Ltd have had the exciting opportunity of being involved as a sponsor of the Bloodhound project. One we have very much enjoyed this summer. Supporting this project has required a lot of work indeed. We have though been happy to provide all the advertisement for this project; which included producing and installing advertising banners, staging areas, display screens, and most importantly the gantry that housed the rocket itself! At 4 meters (12 feet) long, 45.7 cm (18 inches) in diameter and 450kg in weight, BLOODHOUND’s rocket is the largest of its kind ever designed in Europe and the biggest to be fired in the UK for 20 years.
R2-D2 was unveiled to the market at two of the biggest toy events of the year.
Princess Leia herself was on hand to demonstrate this incredibly fun RC R2-D2,complete with an intergrated weeble wobble self uprighting mechanisim, which proved a great success to both retailers and Star Wars fans.
R2-D2 received fantastic media attention backed by strong orders and has been tipped as 2012 toy of the year. Watch the video below to see R2-D2 in action: