September 19, 2002 -- (PrintOnDemand.com reporting from Seybold 9/12/02.) Key3Media executives made official what many people had been speculating: there will be no "Seybold East" Seminars and Expo in New York City in 2003.
After what appeared to be a much smaller Seybold San Francisco, the reportedly cash-strapped Key3Media organization announced at the close of the show Thursday, September 12, that there will be no major Seybold production next year in New York City. Current plans call for cutting back to a single major show each year, to be held in San Francisco in September.
Exhibitors were most notable for their absence at this year's San Francisco bash. Only about 50% of the available exhibit space in the South Hall of Moscone Center was in use, and the North Hall was empty. No official attendance figures for conferees had been released at "press" time, but it was a small fraction of the thousands the event has drawn in past years.
* Smaller, "Focused" Regional Shows Planned
Key3Media anticipates replacing the Seybold East show with several smaller, regional expo/seminars focused on specific areas of technology and communication. Likely targets include: XML and Cross Media, more PDF Workflow, On Demand and Variable Data Printing, and other areas of opportunity.
- Provided to WhatTheyThink.com via a content partnership arrangement with PrintOnDemand.com, Chuck Surprise (edited)
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