China, living in interesting times!Monday, December 30, 2013
—Chinese leaders began a four-day secret meeting recently to set a reform agenda for the next decade as they try to push more sustainable growth after three decades of breakneck expansion amid signs of continuing debate on how to implement the reforms.
The meeting—held under tight security at a Soviet-era hotel in western Beijing—will show just how committed the new leadership is to reform the economy, after formally taking power in March.
China, it’s growing fast and it’s behind you!china, it’s growing fast and it’s behind you!Thursday, September 26, 2013
—As many of you who’ve already read my missives will know, I am a “global warrior,” travelling the world peddling my wares. This gives a great insight to many things, from views of local people to the underlying situation in an economy which is often missed by a focus on “top line numbers.”
Going Dutch - Not a show report, more a way of life!Wednesday, July 24, 2013
—As most of you know, a lot of my working life is spent at various shows around the world, and I hope that over the years I have become able to talk knowledgably about them.
The recent show in Holland, Electronics and Automation, is always a favourite of mine, held every two years in Utrecht, the same year as Productronica. With all the hype about the “biggest show in Europe, if not the World!”
17,000 AirMiles in 3 weeksTuesday, May 28, 2013
—They say travel broadens the mind; if so, I must now be more broad-minded than Hugh Heffner (much younger too!). The global show calendar becomes more congested each year, and it is now at a point where companies have to chose which major shows to focus on and which to miss, so this would indicate that the market is beyond saturation point. As a new show appears it is now simply dissecting the exhibitors and audience.
San Diego or Bust!Tuesday, April 9, 2013
—I must say I love San Diego as an event location, lots of hotels and places to eat close by, great transport links, and during APEX the local area has a buzz about it, which is great for exhibitors and visitors. Productronica is also a great show, but everyone is scattered throughout Munich and its suburbs. Here you cannot go into any hostelry without seeing a face or two that you recognize; indeed The Field becomes the APEX afterparty for the whole show.
New beginnings for a new yearFriday, February 1, 2013
—Well, if you are reading this and you believed the end of the world ‘prophecy’, you were WRONG!
Or were you? Apocalypse has other meanings: disasters, destruction, catastrophe—there have been plenty of those this year. Those in the path of Sandy or the other storms around the world would have certainly used those words, the mass shootings, the floods all fall into this category. So perhaps their weather predictions were just a bit off, but they were made 5,000 years ago!
everything in its place for 2013Friday, December 28, 2012
—With the mass exodus to the “cheap” areas, there was little time given to efficiency and legislation. Economy of scale and low labour rates were the only focus for many. After the big guys moved out, almost all the others followed,even better job on the products that are suited to this model.
Who ya gonna call?Thursday, November 22, 2012
—A few months ago I wrote a piece about partnerships, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have since complimented me on the article, some hoping their customers had seen it too! It shows that this stuff is actually read by many around the world, and that makes it more than a little humbling, so here is more in the same vein.
Incredible India?Thursday, October 25, 2012
—I was lucky enough to attend the electronica/productronica event in September in Bangalore; running alongside this prestigious show was the emerging SMALED Conference.
There has been a feeling for a while now that the Indian market, which has been growing steadily, is about to take off. We may still be waiting on the runway but all the signs are there. Read More