The CiEN, held from 24 to 26 May 2011 in Paris expo Porte de Versailles, brought together 276 exhibitors (including 48 RF-Hyper wireless exhibitors) and 3,577 visitors, 51% of whom were new.
The exhibition included an electronic measurement section, which represented 16% of exhibitors.
The 2011 edition has an attendance equivalent to that of 2010 in number but, according to the organizers (GL-Events), superior in quality with contacts mainly from the services Offices of Research and Development, Purchasing, General Directorate and Training.
The CiEN, which claims to be the reference fair for French electronics and has the support of the main trade unions, is therefore having a hard time taking off. However, there is no profound questioning, and we already know that the next edition will take place in October 2012.
Without prejudging the lessons that will be learned from this second edition, which should have benefited from the rather optimistic climate in the world of electronics, the organizers and professional unions can say: "We tried everything". When they decided to create the CIEN in 2009, electronics professionals wanted above all to emancipate themselves. Suppliers of electronic components and electronic production equipment felt that "their" Intertronic show was not sufficiently independent. As for the electronic instrumentation suppliers, they had not appreciated at all that their dear "Electronic Forum" show disappeared to be merged into Measurexpo. Moreover, no one appreciated exhibiting in Paris Nord Villepinte and, aggravatingly, in the second half of the year. With the creation of the Cien that united all these professions, with the change of date and place, they thought they had found the solution. Very average attendance forces you to think about other strategies. A first decision was made by shifting the show in October, probably at the same time as MeasurexpoVision (new name of Measurexpo). History is an eternal cycle...
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