David March joins Collaborative Creations

David March joins Collaborative Creations

David March joins Collaborative Creations.

Talking point: do you know how to use data for successful online events?

Talking point: do you know how to use data for successful online events?

Bogdan Maran, co-founder, partnerships and data at AMMP Media, on how event organisers can use data to create successful online events. T...

PLASA are hosting a Culture Recovery Fund Webinar

PLASA are hosting a Culture Recovery Fund Webinar

We are encouraging all our clients and companies in the industry to apply for the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF.) The fund is aimed at the ...

Leading the charge – why we've cancelled Zoom

Leading the charge – why we've cancelled Zoom

Let’s face it – the past six months have been tough. We’ve baked focaccia, bought a variety of plants, downloaded (but never used) Duolin...

CC Content Director Nicola Macdonald becomes Mental Health First Aider

CC Content Director Nicola Macdonald becomes Mental Health First Aider

We’re happy to announce that Collaborative Creations Content Director Nicola Macdonald (pictured left) has qualified as a Mental Health F...

Collaborative Creations supports #WeMakeEvents

Collaborative Creations supports #WeMakeEvents

Last weekend, the Collaborative Creations headquarters at Waterloo East transformed into a hub for the #WeMakeEvents Survival in the Squa...

CC to hold free Follow-Me training in December

CC to hold free Follow-Me training in December

Collaborative Creations will be holding free Follow-Me training throughout December, available for both operators and technicians. Follow...

Virtual Events Institute announces AMMP Media as production partner

Virtual Events Institute announces AMMP Media as production partner

The Virtual Event Institute (VEI) has confirmed AMMP Media as an official event production partner. As an event production partner, AMMP ...

Can tech enable us to re-open in a CoViD-secure way?

Can tech enable us to re-open in a CoViD-secure way?

It’s November 2020, and England is in the midst of its second national lockdown. Theatres, stadiums, museums, music venues and more are c...

Collaborative Creations launches Content Production service for trade event organisers

Collaborative Creations launches Content Production service for trade event organisers

In response to the impact of CoViD-19 on the events industry, Collaborative Creations has announced the launch of a new service for event...

CORE Lighting talks battery power with Exhibition News

A recent cover feature in EN (November issue) calling for the exhibition industry to take a closer look at regulations around battery-powered stands has prompted a flurry of companies calling for change.


Phil Ion (pictured), Founder of CORE Lighting,  believes battery-powered stands are coming, but asks if the industry is ready?: “It’s long been a fairly contentious issue; it’s no secret that many exhibitors find the cost of electricity prohibitive on top of the initial stand cost, plus more businesses than ever need that electricity to exhibit effectively.


“I’ve run my business for over ten years, and in that time I’ve exhibited personally at numerous trade shows in the events and hospitality industries. We manufacture a range of battery-powered lights, which I’ve always used for my own stands. During that time, I’ve frequently heard fellow exhibitors, often small, independent businesses for whom a trade show is a big investment, complain about the prohibitively high electricity prices.”


The EN feature exploring the industry’s view on alternative power highlighted floors in Association of Event Venue’s eGuide, a rulebook member venues follow when permitted batteries at venues. Many venues cite potential health & safety concerns as a reason to clamp down on battery-powered stands, specifically around the use of lithium ion batteries, which have had rather a bad rap over the last few years thanks to the dramatic recalling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 back in 2016.


Ion adds: “Airlines responded appropriately and now it is undeniably trickier to transport lithium batteries internationally, although it’s worth pointing out that millions are still shipped every day without incident (Approximately 1.43 billion mobile phones were sold worldwide in 2018). Every mobile phone and laptop has similar batteries to those we use, as do an increasing number of consumer devices such as vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers and eBikes.


“Battery power is currently an unrealistic option for large exhibition stands and will be for the foreseeable future, but I believe that it’s something worth considering for the vast number of smaller exhibition stands at fairs and markets around the world.”


Ion makes the point that smaller stands at B2C events operate under tighter margins where there’s a stronger argument for alternative power.


He adds: “A one-off upfront cost for a battery pack would be made back in only a matter of shows, and could therefore make exhibiting a more attractive proposition for these smaller, frequently exhibiting businesses (not to mention for organisers who offer ‘plug-and-play’-style stands). Not to mention acting as an incentive for businesses previously put off by cost to return to the fold, making exhibitions more competitive in the face of rival marketing channels.”


Ion explains that what the industry needs is a way to integrate battery-powered stands fully into the show floor. If there are concerns around health & safety then perhaps it’s time to provide a form of official regulation for battery-powered stands, rather than allowing them to be a growing trend that often goes unremarked upon during build-up.


“As a manufacturer I’m sure I’m not alone in being able to provide declarations for lithium batteries, which have been tested to UN standards, and able to provide replacements if there were any issues arising from frequent long-term use. We can also aid in battery disposal if ever needed in line with The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which became law in 2003 and which set targets for the collection and recycling of electrical goods.”


Battery powered exhibition stands are the elephant in the room for many exhibitors (and organisers), looking to reduce total exhibiting costs. As the stakeholders responsible for managing mains power at a show, it would be reasonable to look to the venues and contractors for potential solutions.


The question is, do they have an incentive? Surprisingly, many organisers could play a more significant part in driving the technology as is many cases it offers better ROI for their customers.



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