After years of continued growth the Chicago-based audio show AXPONA (run by industry event company JD Events) has decided to move its calendar date to Q4. AXPONA has retained their mid-April time slot since its relocation to Illinois in 2013. Its been quite a run the past few years and the expansion to a larger more convention-y venue at the Renaissance Schaumburg Center has no doubt opened the door to even greater potential for growth for the largest mid west show on the circuit.
While the headline might not seem too abrupt to the audio outsider, any avid show goer won’t likely miss the proximity to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest which is usually held in early October. As the years have gone by, audio shows have constantly jockeyed for space around key points of interest along the spending calendar. The weight and power of pre-holiday spending makes fourth quarter one of the most desired for product launches, which has always been a big talking point for RMAF historically.
Also on the bill for AXPONA in April were tight quarters between both a west coast headphone show and the international behemoth Hi End Munich which usually landed just a few weeks (or even a mere week) around the event. The change to late October/Early November is a big move for the industry and press, and one that will most likely effect the shape of things as high end audio continues to evolve. You can check out the full presser below for more details.
“AXPONA MAKES THE RENAISSANCE SCHAUMBURG HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER ITS PERMANENT HOME AND MOVES TO FALL FOR 2020 AND BEYOND
INDUSTRY AND PRESS INVITED TO THE INUAGURAL TRADE & PRESS DAY AT AXPONA 2020
SCHAUMBURG, IL (September 10, 2018) – – AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is pleased to announce its permanent home at the first-class Renaissance Schaumburg venue in the Chicago area, facilitating a transition to fall dates and accommodating a new dedicated “Trade Day” beginning in 2020. Following the upcoming April 12-14, 2019 AXPONA, the next event will be held October 29-November 1, 2020.
“We’ve been listening to our customers and industry leaders for years and have been strongly advised to move AXPONA’s dates further away from the Munich High-End show in May and to add a separate day exclusively for trade professionals and the press,” says Liz Miller, VP and Event Director, AXPONA. “We were thrilled with the positive feedback we received regarding our new Schaumburg home in 2018. The first-class venue in the fall timeframe, coupled with a special day for trade professionals, will prove to be a huge win for the global audio industry and AXPONA for years to come.”
AXPONA’s new dates in 2020 will serve the entire high-end audio industry better than ever before by timing the fast-growing audio show perfectly for fourth quarter product launches, enticing more consumers to buy audio products for the holidays and to “gear up” for the indoor listening season. Also, alleviating busy spring travel schedules for industry executives will greatly increase the number of international buyers, distributors and press that can attend AXPONA every year.
The 2020 Trade & Press Day will open exclusively to dealers, distributors, manufacturers and press to get a head start on exploring AXPONA exhibits. Industry executives can use this day for business meetings and to experience the newest products on the market before the event opens to the public, Friday through Sunday. In addition, there will be an Opening Night Trade & Press Reception on Thursday, October 29 to kick off AXPONA on the right note with great food, refreshments and live music.
Save the Dates
April 12 – 14, 2019
October 29 – November 1, 2020
October 28 – 31, 2021
For more information about the 2019 event, please visit www.axpona.com.
About JD Events
JD Events is dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. For more information, visit: http://www.jdevents.com.”