New Chairman of the Board, new member, exciting projects

2018 will bring changes for I.M. Austria that will influence the trade fair and live-marketing industry over the next two years and strengthen the community of interests of Austria’s trade fair and live-marketing specialists: a change of chairmanship, a strong new member and the establishment of I.M. Austria as a knowledge centre for the industry.

Reorganisation of I.M. Austria

Rudolf Angermayr is the new CEO of I.M. Austria and has thus taken over the chairmanship of Christine Opitz by unanimous resolution. Rudolf Angermayr has played a major role in shaping the domestic trade fair industry for over 40 years. He worked for 32 years for Salzburg-based System Standbau GmbH and under Reed took over the companies System Standbau GmbH and Expoxx GmbH as Managing Director and Director. Rudolf Angermayr worked for these companies with great success and led them to become a player operating throughout Europe, which today ranks among the top 20 in the industry. As a former board member of I.M. Austria, he is familiar both with the community of interests and with the industry throughout Europe. Since mid-2017 he has been working as an independent consultant and in the course of this he is again a member of I.M. Austria. His goals as chairman of the community of interests are clearly formulated: to strengthen the cooperation of the member companies and use existing synergies, as well as to establish I.M. Austria as the industry’s first point of contact.

New Member – Signature Group

Signature Group GmbH has also been a member of I.M. Austria since the beginning of 2018. The event service provider is active in the fields of event engineering, digital signage and media communication and thus complements the multi-faceted membership structure of the association.

Managing Director Philipp Cejnek comments: “As a technical service provider, we can proudly look back on thousands of planned and staged events. As a new member, we are pleased to live the I.M. Austria principles and to contribute to the professional development of the trade fair and live-marketing industry with every event that is staged. Our service model has always stood for quality and planning reliability. This is another reason why, as an internationally environmentally certified company, we take responsibility for the environment towards our customers and our employees.” Awarded the ISO 14001:2015 seal of quality, the Signature Group is the only company in Austria to have achieved this distinction. As a pioneer in the certification of environmental management systems, the company fits perfectly with I.M. Austria, which plays a leading role in the further development of the industry.

I.M. Austria as a Knowledge Center

On the occasion of this repositioning, I.M.Austria will continue to actively shape and further develop the trade fair and live-marketing industry in 2018. In this context, the interest group will also pass on its expertise on industry topics to external companies and training institutions in the form of lectures and discussion rounds within the framework of a “Knowledge Center.” Parallel to this, an interactive workshop will take place in April in which further activities will be defined. Thus, I.M. Austria 2018 strengthens its goals to increase professionalism in the industry and to serve as an important contact for the industry.

I.M.Austria at a glance

I.M. Austria is Austria’s association of trade fair and live-marketing specialists and an active member of the international umbrella organisation IFES (International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services; in Brussels.

As a nationwide and independent interest group, I.M. Austria has been working for the interests of its members for over 25 years and is committed to the professional development of the trade fair industry in Austria, training and further education of the sector and improved international framework conditions.

Through its member companies, I.M. Austria offers all services for the trade fair, event and congress industry and is Austria’s information hub for the trade fair service industry at home and abroad. The member companies of I.M. Austria are distinguished by the IMA seal of quality.