PennWell Acquires LED Lighting Event - The LED Show

Oct 05, 2011, 14:46 ET from PennWell Corporation

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired the assets of The LED Show (, a conference and exhibition serving the lighting design and technology segment of the LED industry.


Launched in 2009 by lighting designer and founder James Highgate, The LED Show is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada and attracts leading LED manufacturers displaying the latest technology and products.  The LED Show was last held in July 2011 for architects, electrical engineers, home builders, hotel engineers and designers, with 87 exhibitors and an attendance of more than 3,000 from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Korea, Japan, China, England, The Netherlands and Greece.  The 2012 LED Show will take place July 30-August 1, 2012, again in Las Vegas, and Highgate will continue as a consultant to PennWell.

The LED Show is PennWell's third acquisition in the LED and lighting industry and will be part of its LEDs & Lighting Media Group which includes the Strategies in Light conferences and exhibitions held annually in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China; the Strategies Unlimited research company focused on photonics, LEDs and lighting; and LEDs Magazine, the leading magazine and website for the global LED industry. PennWell will manage the business from its Technology Group offices in Nashua, New Hampshire under the direction of Christine Shaw, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher, LEDs & Lighting Media Group.

PennWell President and CEO Robert F. Biolchini said, "The acquisition of The LED Show expands our presence in the fastest growing segment of the LED industry, as advances in lighting technology and design are expected to proliferate over the next decade.  We look forward to marrying PennWell's conference and exhibition capabilities with James Highgate's deep knowledge of the manufacturers and lighting specialists that will ensure the continued growth of this event.  With the addition of The LED Show to our portfolio, PennWell has achieved a dominant position serving the full spectrum of the LED industry."

PennWell's LEDs & Lighting Media Group includes the following:

Strategies in Light Worldwide Events
Strategies in Light ( is a business-oriented conference and exhibition on high-brightness LEDs held annually since 2001.  The longest running conference in the LED industry, the February 2011 event in Santa Clara, California drew its largest audience to date with more than 4,200 participants and 140 exhibitors.  This event is considered to be the premier annual forum for presenting commercial developments in high-brightness LEDs for component and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users.  Entering its 5th year, LED Japan/Strategies in Light ( has achieved record-breaking attendance exceeding 6,000 in 2010.  Strategies in Light Europe is entering its second year with sell-out programs and exhibit floors in 2010 and 2011. (

Strategies Unlimited, Market Intelligence for Photonics, LEDs, and Lighting
Strategies Unlimited specializes in market research reports and custom studies for the optoelectronic, optical communications, compound semiconductor, and RF/microwave components industries.  Founded in 1979, Strategies Unlimited integrates technology and business issues through primary data collection and detailed input-output analysis.  With its in-depth understanding of market applications, technology developments, industry participants, and government policies, the company is renowned for its outstanding record in market forecasting. (

LEDs Magazine, Print and Digital Media
LEDs Magazine is the leading information resource for the global LED and lighting community, serving thousands of readers that specify, design and manufacture LED-based products for a wide range of end-use applications. The LEDs Magazine portfolio has four main components – the magazine, website, newsletter and Suppliers Directory. (

About PennWell
Founded in 1910, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries:  Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiber-optics, aerospace and avionics, LEDs and lighting, fire, and dental. PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services.  In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia; and Hong Kong, China.

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