|Ask the Experts|
April 19, 2010
APEX Trade Show Feedback
I was all set to go to the APEX trade show in Las Vegas, but an issue came up and unfortunately I missed attending this year. What is the overall feel of the market? What did I miss?
|Expert Panel Responses|
From our perspective the show was a good one, while we were not prepared to sing,"Happy days are here again", the show did confirm our feeling that orders and rfp's were starting to flow. However the competition for these orders appears to be fierce and price pressure is playing a big roll in keeping staffs lean and new hires on hold for now.
Cautious optimism is the general feeling I got.
Personally I spent all of my time on the booth because we had so many technical questions, I did not attend the conference. It was busier than last year but not as busy as 2008 in numbers of people. The people who had made the effort to come appeared to have a good reason to be there with specific high level technical questions. The mood was generally positive with all most everyone have increased activity.
Senior Applications Chemist
Tha show was great. Back to 2008 levels.
North America Sales Manager
In general the mood was cautiously optimistic. Leading indicators and recent trends suggest that the worst is over, but many are still wary of an unstable market.
M.O.L.E. Line Product Manager
Electronic Controls Design, Inc. (ECD)
You missed a much busier show then last year, at least for ESSEMTEC. We unveiled a new pick and place platform for the first time in North America call the Paraquda. See it on our website http://www.essemtec-usa.com/, the feedback was very good, our E-place software was a very big hit. No one has an operating system like this but the iPhone.
Apex 2010 was fantastic. Our booth with all of our carts and handling systems on display was packed with people for all 3 days. Everyone that came to our booth talked about budget was available and that improvements to their processes needed to be made, and they planned on buying higher quality equipment than in the past which is great for us. I believe 2010 will be a great year overall, although like others I am cautiously optimistic.
President & CEO - Retired
Bliss Industries, Inc.
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