Re: TCT 2003 @the NEC in Birmingham, UK

From: Paul Suomala (psuomala@sandersdesign.com)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2003 - 21:29:04 EET


PT Mativenga wrote:

>That is exactly what I was trying to get across to the organisers.
>
>Paul
>
>On 18 Nov 03, at 11:23, Paul wrote:
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>From: "Paul" <paulb@laserrepro.com>
>To: "David Park" <david0park@hotmail.com>,
> <P.Mativenga@umist.ac.uk>,
> <rp-ml@rapid.lpt.fi>
>Date sent: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 11:23:07 -0500
>Subject: Re: TCT 2003 @the NEC in Birmingham, UK
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>>One thing I think is an oversight here. The students of today will become
>>our customers of tomorrow! We constantly provide tours to high school and
>>college students, sometimes with workshops and also sponsor numerous student
>>projects. I look at it as it cost me more if I choose not to invest in the
>>future. Food for thought!
>>
>>Regards,
>>
>>Paul Bordner II VP of Operations Laser Reproductions 950 Taylor Station Road
>>Suite E Gahanna, Ohio 43230 phone 614.552.6905 fax 614.552.6907 mobile
>>614.206.0436 www.laserrepro.com
>>
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "David Park" <david0park@hotmail.com>
>>To: <P.Mativenga@umist.ac.uk>; <rp-ml@rapid.lpt.fi>
>>Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 7:47 AM
>>Subject: Re: TCT 2003 @the NEC in Birmingham, UK
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>>>Paul,
>>>
>>>I visited TCT this year, it was my first time as I am new in the industry
>>>and the first thing I must comment on is the value of the show, I
>>>
>>>
>>certainly
>>
>>
>>>learnt a lot over the three days. Thanks to the people from this list for
>>>recommending it.
>>>
>>>With regards to your comments on students, I don't think the organisers
>>>prevented students from visiting the conference, as there were a couple in
>>>the sessions that I attended. However, I do know that they were trying to
>>>prevent students walking around the exhibition floor, which they were
>>>
>>>
>>trying
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>>>to keeping as an area where exhibitors could do valuable business with
>>>visitors. I witnessed first hand an exhibitor's reaction as a group of
>>>students, who did manage to get into the show, decided to take several
>>>pieces of promotional items off his stand, I think he said each item cost
>>>him 4, which may not seem like much money, but in the current market many
>>>companies are counting every penny. I think this is a case of a few
>>>spoiling the experience for the many. I agree with the organisers in this
>>>case.
>>>
>>>I would suggest if you are interested in visiting next year, that you
>>>approach the organisers, like the University of Wolverhampton did and make
>>>
>>>
>>a
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>>>deal where you can visit the conference, but will stay away from the
>>>exhibition.
>>>
>>>David
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>From: Paul Mativenga <P.Mativenga@umist.ac.uk>
>>>>Reply-To: P.Mativenga@umist.ac.uk
>>>>To: rp-ml@rapid.lpt.fi
>>>>Subject: TCT 2003 @the NEC in Birmingham, UK
>>>>Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 13:40:14 +0000
>>>>
>>>>I thought it was a bit unfortunate for the new organizers of the TCT to
>>>>officially state they they will not allow PhD and other postgraduate
>>>>students
>>>>to visit the show.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Regards
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Paul
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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>Dr P T Mativenga
>Lecturer
>University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
>Manufacturing Division
>Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering
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Gentlemen,
 For what it is worth... Possibly one day of the show would be
acceptable for entry by any interested parties.
 If I remember correctly, Euromold '99 followed that procedure.

Best regards,
 Paul S



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