IFSEC Acquires Stake in Securex South Africa

June 26, 2008

LONDON , June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Information, the organiser of the world's largest annual security event, IFSEC, is pleased to announce its partnership with Specialised Exhibitions (a subsidiary of Andry Montgomery Ltd), owner of Securex, South Africa's largest security event. CMP Information has acquired a 50% stake in Securex, resulting in the formation of IFSEC South Africa incorporating Securex, which will take place, 1-3 July 2009 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa .

The growing security industry in Africa has created a market of opportunity for providers of safety and security equipment and services. Upgrading security has been identified as a top priority by businesses and homeowners, who are increasingly looking for external expertise and new digital technologies. Surveillance equipment, particularly CCTV, is the largest sector of South Africa's security market, which is valued between $85 million and $165 million.

IFSEC is the world's largest annual security event and 30,257 (subject to ABC audit) attendees visited the 2008 event, when it took place from 12-15 May 2008 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK . The IFSEC brand was successfully exported to India last year, with the launch of IFSEC India in October 2007 , and IFSEC South Africa will extend the global reach of the exhibition further.

Launched in 1994, Securex is the market-leading event for commercial security in South Africa . The 2007 Johannesburg show attracted 190 exhibitors and was attended by close to 6,000 visitors.

With IFSEC's 36 years' experience in the security industry, and Specialised Exhibitions' knowledge of the local market, the event promises to be a huge success.

CMP Group Director, Simon Parker , comments on the launch: "The South African security market has rapidly increased over the past few years and similarly, Securex has seen substantial growth. With the IFSEC global sales and marketing network, we are well positioned to take the event to the next level as the largest pan-African security event."

Sandy Angus , Chairman of Andry Montgomery Ltd says, "We're very pleased to be adding the IFSEC brand to Securex. The South African security market is an important one and this will be the ideal opportunity for international companies hoping to enter the market. We expect to announce some more exciting developments shortly."

IFSEC South Africa incorporating Securex 2009 will take place from 1-3 July 2009 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa . For the latest event information please visit www.ifsec.co.uk/southafrica. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Charlie Cracknell on +44 (0)20 7921 8069 or [email protected] or Breda Kenealy on +27 11 835 1565 or [email protected].

About CMP Information

Operating internationally, CMPi delivers targeted integrated business media solutions to around 20 industry sectors. Its products, including magazines, exhibitions, conferences, awards, information products and websites, target marketers, buyers and sellers across a range of markets; these include Construction and Architecture, Commercial Property, Food and Pharma Ingredients, Security, Interiors and Licensed Trade.

Amongst its well-established brands are industry-leading publications such as Building, Property Week, The Publican and Farmers Guardian. It also has a number of exhibitions recognised as the pre-eminent events in their respective market sectors; these include CPhI, The Interiors Event and IFSEC.

CMPi's magazines reach over 780,000 readers directly through subscription and controlled circulation. More than 330,000 business professionals and marketers visit its exhibitions each year. CMPi has approximately 1,200 employees in the UK, US, Asia and Europe and in 2007 generated over 190m pounds Sterling in revenues.

About Andry Montgomery Ltd (AML)

Established in 1895, AML is an international exhibition company with a predominant focus on B2B exhibitions around the world. Always innovative, Montgomery's vision, reputation and belief in the importance of international trade has led to the development of an exhibition and events programme in over 10 different countries. From the emerging markets of India , Russia , Poland and Hungary to the economic powerhouses of the UK and USA , Montgomery organises events specifically designed to bring buyer and seller together, face-to-face, to do business.

Operating in conjunction with local companies, Montgomery has concentrated on developing international shows within the different markets. AML's main focus is in the areas of food and drink, hospitality, and building & construction.

AML has offices around the world and also owns the Johannesburg Expo Centre in South Africa . It is a privately owned company based in London, UK .

Specialised Exhibitions (Pty) Ltd

Established in 1968. Specialised Exhibitions is South Africa's leading exhibition organizer. With its recent acquisition of Exhibitions for Africa , the company is now the largest business to business exhibition organizer in Southern Africa .

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