Your Guide to Trade Shows and Exhibitions in 2022

At Allotts, we’re all about helping you make the most of the opportunities ahead to power your marketing, sales and growth.

So, here’s your guide to the best trade shows and exhibitions in 2022.

But before we get to those crucial diary dates, here’s a reminder of why trade shows and exhibitions matter, and can make a big difference to your business growth.

4 reasons why trade shows and exhibitions are important

 1. Sales/lead generation – they give you a platform to market to your prospects and generate new leads/sales. Attending and exhibiting at shows with high visitor numbers gives you access to a large pool of potential leads.

2. Networking and building your brand – the saying people buy people is so true. And so networking face-to-face is crucial for growing your business and raising brand awareness because they’re the perfect place to get interest and buy in from the people you meet. Plus, once you meet face-to-face, you’re no longer someone at the end of the phone or tucked away in a spam folder – you become ‘real’ and someone people want to interact with.

3. Gaining competitive edge/insights – attending a trade show or exhibition is one of the best ways for you to stay ahead of your competition. You’ll often find trade shows are used as testing grounds for new products, processes and ideas. You can test your innovations, but also survey what your competitors are doing now and in the future.

4. Customer outreach – every business knows that to keep customers you must continue to invest in that relationship and work to keep that business. Afterall, it costs more to find new customers than keep your existing ones, and no one wants to lose business. Plus, it gives you a chance to upsell to people who are already bought into your brand.

Here are the top trade shows and exhibitions in 2022 in sectors including medical, tech, construction, packaging, food and beverage, logistics, manufacturing, engineering and more.Arab Health

When: 24-27 January

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

Sectors: Medical devices and technology

Dubai welcomes around 35,000 healthcare and trade professionals from across the globe to Arab Health every year, making it the biggest show of its kind. Along with some accompanying conferences, Arab Health brings the healthcare industry together to showcase the latest innovations in this sector. Perfect for networking. learning and trade. From state-of-the-art imaging equipment and cost-effective disposables to developments in surgery and advances in prosthetics.

Read more about Arab Health here

Build Expo

When: Six events from January to July

Where: Regionally across the USA

Sectors: Construction and engineering

Build Expo is America’s premier building and construction show, hosting suppliers from construction related sectors including, architecture, engineering, design, facilities management, tools, property development, Government and private construction. As well as providing the opportunity to connect with thousands of key decision makers in the industry, you can take advantage of Build Expo’s classroom-style workshops where industry experts discuss the key issues affecting the sector. 2022 topics include Indoor Air Quality Technologies and Selling During the COVID-19 era.

Build Expo takes place regionally throughout 2022 at the following locations:

Miami Beach Convention Center, 4-6 January

Tampa Convention Center, 9-10 February

KBH Convention Center, Dallas, 16-17 March

Palmer Events Center, Austin, 13-14 April

NRG Park Center, Houston, 8-9 June

Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, 20-21 July

Learn more about Build Expo here 


When: 25-27 January

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, USA

Sectors: Primary and secondary meat and poultry processing, feed production

The International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) showcases the latest technology, equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat and poultry from farm to fork, and those involved in animal feed manufacturing. IPPE hosts thousands of international visitors every year, including operation and plant managers, buying agents, engineers, and researchers from the world’s top feed, meat processing and packing and poultry companies.

Read more about IPPE here

Executive Hire Show

When: 9-10 February

Where: CBS Arena, Coventry, UK

Sectors: Tools, plant and equipment hire

The Executive Hire Show is the hire industry’s number one event for the UK and Ireland. It brings together hirers and suppliers involved in the tool, plant and equipment hire trade. The show hosts representatives from trade bodies and hire firms large and small, and is particularly known as an important resource for independently-owned entrepreneurial hire outlets. It was first launched in 2007 by Executive Hire News, the sector’s leading trade magazine and a strong voice within the industry.

Read more about the Executive Hire Show here 


When: 13-17 February

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

Sectors: Food and beverage

Arguably the world’s biggest trade fair for the food and beverage industry, Gulfood welcomes around 60,000 visitors from across the globe every year, and hosts thousands of exhibitors across 20 exhibition halls. The halls are arranged by sector and cover beverages, dairy processing, fats and oils, health and free-from, meat and poultry, world foods, cereals and grains, and private label brands.

Read more about Gulfood here


When: 21-23 March

Where: ExCel Arena, London, UK

Sectors: Food and drink retail, foodservice, wholesale

The International Food and Drink Event, held at London’s ExCel arena every year provides the opportunity to showcase products to an audience of 30,000+ UK and international buyers. The exhibition is split into 8 zones, to cover bakery/confectionery, drinks, grocery/wholesale, frozen and chilled, health food, international products, speciality food and vegan/plant-based. There really is something for everyone in the sector, as exhibitors and buyers are in attendance from all the biggest national supermarket and restaurant chains, educational and transport catering companies, wholesalers, hotel groups and more.

Read more about IFE here


When: 28-31 March

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, USA

Sectors: Logistics, supply chain

Modex brings together industry peers from across the USA and beyond, to showcase the latest technology in the supply chain and transportation world. With around 900 exhibitors, Modex is great for networking, but also has a strong emphasis on education. There will be more than 100 free education sessions, and four keynotes from some of the industry’s best minds, discussing how key trends and innovations can help transform your manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Read more about Modex here



When: 29-30 March

Where: CBS Arena, Coventry, UK

Sectors: Logistics

An unmissable showcase of the latest and best in intralogistics, this exhibition is for companies covering the full range of logistics activities including, warehousing, automation, packaging and software. Here you’ll find more than 150 exhibitors, 1,400 visitors, 20 conference sessions on innovation and live demonstrations. IntraLogisteX will be packed with everything you need to improve productivity, safety, maximise space and reduce costs.

Discover more about IntraLogisteX here

MACH 2022

When: 4-8 April

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Manufacturing, engineering

MACH 2022 is organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association, the UK’s leading trade body for manufacturing and engineering companies. The MACH show attracts around 25,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors every year, and in 2018, it’s estimated that over £200million worth of business was directly attributable to MACH, so it’s definitely a must attend event for anyone working within these industries.

Find out more about the Mach Show here

Drives & Controls 2022

When: 5-7 April

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Engineering

An essential source of information on the latest technology and engineering developments, Drives & Controls is a biennial event bringing together key suppliers from across the engineering sector. Key areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, and automation are included. And 2022 will see the return of a live robotic demonstration area.

Discover more about Drives & Controls 2002 here

Food & Drink Expo

When: 25-27 April

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Food and drink retail, foodservice, wholesale

Held in association with The Grocer magazine, Food & Drink Expo has for many years remained the UK’s flagship event for retail, wholesale and foodservice audiences focusing on finished products. As well as the vast array of exhibitions on offer, the show is known for its highly engaging content programme, a must for key decision makers wanting to keep abreast of the themes and challenges currently affecting the industry. Food & Drink Expo 2022 will host several high-profile keynote speakers, alongside masterclasses, plenary sessions, live interviews and panel discussions centred around national food and drink issues. Input will also be included from MCA and Lumina Intelligence, offering the most up-to-date market data and trends to complement the content programme.

Discover more about Food & Drink Expo here

Anuga FoodTec

When: 26-29 April

Where: Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany

Sectors: Food and beverage technology

Taking place every three years, Anuga is one of the world’s biggest food and beverage technology exhibitions. It typically welcomes around 50,000 visitors and 1,600 exhibitors. Anuga promotes innovations covering all aspects of the industry including processing, packaging, filling, packaging materials, digitalisation and logistics. As well as the in-person exhibition in Cologne, there will also be an online exhibition in 2022.

Discover more about Anuga FoodTec here


When: 3-5 May

Where: Cintermex, Monterrey, Mexico

Sectors: Metal forming technology

FABTECH is an exhibition for the metalworking industry in Latin America. Hundreds of brands come together at the show every year to display the latest technology, machinery and solutions in the metal manufacturing industry. A programme of speakers also runs alongside the exhibition, with presentations from organisations including the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, discussing best practice and industry developments.

Find out more about FABTECH here



When: 14-19 May

Where: Messe Frankfurt, Germany

Sectors: Meat and meat alternatives

Arguably one of the world’s most important trade fairs for the meat processing industry, IFFA has also become a leading event for the now burgeoning alt-meat industry. This event will showcase solutions for industrial-scale and artisan butchery. Key themes in 2022 include automation, digitalisation, food safety, sustainability, food trends and individualisation in the butchery trade.

Discover more about IFFA 2022 here   


Packaging Innovations/EMPACK

When: 25-26 May
Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK
Sectors: Packaging including design

Packaging Innovations/EMPACK is a premier UK event for packaging professionals which covers all aspects of the packaging supply chain. It is held annually, and brings together hundreds of specifiers, buyers and suppliers. Visitors are equipped with knowledge on the latest new materials, formats, smart packaging technology and the expert know-how needed to create the future of their brand’s packaging.

Find out more about Packaging Innovations/EMPACK here


When: 8-9 June

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Manufacturing, maintenance engineering

Widely considered the event of the year for the UK’s maintenance engineering community, Maintec welcomes thousands of professionals from the buildings, supply chain and industrial maintenance sectors. Industries represented cover a wide spectrum and include engineering, manufacturing, automotive, utilities, oil and gas, food and drink, energy ports and marine, and rail. In recent times, Maintec has become part of a whole week of manufacturing and engineering exhibitions and seminars, and is now co-located with the following shows (see below) so there are big opportunities for networking and lead generation for everyone involved in the wider sector.

Learn more about Maintec 2022 here

Design Engineering Expo click here

Engineering Expo click here

Manufacturing Expo click here                                

Multimodal 2022

When: 14-16 June 

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Freight, transport, logistics and supply chain

In 2022 Multimodal celebrates its 15th year. It’s now firmly established as the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event. Multimodal represents every logistics sector, including sea, road, rail, air and inland waterways, under one roof, and key verticals, including manufacturing, retail, agribusiness, chemical, automotive, electronics, FMCG, food & drink, fashion, pharmaceuticals, construction, aerospace, energy, real estate, recycling, paper/print and perishables and more. In 2022 new initiatives at Multimodal include:

  • A matchmaking service to connect shippers to each other and visitors.
  • Free vertical half day seminars that reflect shipper interests.
  • Dedicated BIFA Freight Forwarders Village with Logpods.
  • Plus, The Multimodal Awards and Multimodal Mixer.

Find out more about Multimodal here

TILOG LogistiX

When: 22-25 June

Where: BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand

Sectors: Logistics

A major event in the calendar for logistics professionals in East Asia, TILOG LogistiX is the most comprehensive show of its kind in the region. It covers all aspects of the sector, including material handling, packaging, warehousing, logistics IT and transporting. As the needs of customers in this sector continue to transform, TILOG LogistiX gives exhibitors the opportunity to get their latest technology in front of over 10,000 visitors at the show from across the ASEAN region.

Find out more about TILOG LogistiX here


When: 27-29 July

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, USA

Sectors: Medical devices and technology

FIME stands for the Florida International Medical Exhibition, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in July 2022. FIME hosts the biggest names in medical technology from around the world, and is the largest show of its kind across the USA and Latin America. The exhibition typically hosts around 500 suppliers and manufacturers of new and refurbished medical devices and equipment, offering attendees the opportunity to witness the latest technology and make valuable business connections. In terms on the seminars on offer, 2002 themes planned include Imaging and Diagnostics and Healthcare Supply Chain and Procurement.

Learn more about FIME here

Expo Logisti-k

When: 16-18 August

Where: La Rural, Buenos Aires

Sectors: Logistics, information flow, supply chain

Expo Logisti-k 2022 is the 14th international exhibition of equipment, technology and solutions for logistics, information flow and supply chain. It’s an event that’s designed to bring people together with solutions for everything, from buying raw materials, to delivering the finished product to the customer. This includes transportation, production, packaging, storage, movement, coding and distribution.

Find out more about Expo Logisti-k here

Labelexpo Americas 2022

When: 13-15 September

Where: Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, Chicago, USA

Sectors: Labelling, packaging, printing

Labelexpo Americas is the biggest show specifically dedicated to the labelling, packaging and printing sectors across the Americas. Latin America is strongly represented at this event, where people can experience the latest technology in printing, converting, software and interactive technology, packaging materials and more.

Learn more about Labelexpo Americas here


PPMA Total Show 2022

When: 27-29 September 2022

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Processing and packaging machinery

Taking place during the last week in September, the PPMA Total Show is the UK’s largest event for processing and packaging machinery, robots and industrial vision. This event will showcase the very latest in processing and packaging machinery, robotics and industrial vision systems, and the latest innovations in materials, containers and packaging design. Sectors include food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, pet care, micro-brewery and distilleries, FMCG, contract packers and more. The show invites visitors to network, source new ideas and solutions and meet potential new suppliers, influencers and technical experts. It’s expected to attract around 8,000 visitors, more than 2,500 brands and over 400 exhibitors.

Find out more about PPMA Total Show 2022 here 


When: 4-6 October

Where: Messe, Stuttgart, Germany

Sectors: Machine vision technology

Vision is the world’s leading trade exhibition for machine vision technology. Here businesses of all sizes will exhibit their latest innovations and share knowledge in this highly specialised field. The key themes for 2022 will include embedded vision, hyperspectral imaging and deep learning, and how these relate to Industry 4.0. The show covers the entire spectrum of products and services in the image processing sector including, barcode identification, 2D and 3D robot vision, optical character recognition, security systems, sequence analysis and assembly control.

Find out more about Vision here

Pack Expo International

When: 23-26 October

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, US

Sectors: Packaging and processing

One of the most comprehensive packaging events in the world, Pack Expo International brings together around 2,500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from across the packaging industry. It also has a dedicated processing section, covering a wide range of related food and beverage sectors. The show features technology solutions for virtually every application you can imagine. Plus, there are dedicated halls for printing, containers and materials, confectionery, reusable packaging, and processing.

Discover more about Pack Expo International here

Advanced Engineering International

When: 2-3 November 2022

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: OEMs, engineering including medical, manufacturing, supply chain

Advanced Engineering is a wide-ranging trade fair for the entire OEM, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain sectors with a focus on innovation, future-proofing and technologies for supply chain continuity. Top brands showcase the technology of the future. Visitors can benefit from the show’s hugely successful AE Connect portal – an online business matchmaking system that allows visitors and exhibitors to search attendees, connect and book meetings. Estimates following the 2019 edition suggest that approximately £320K worth of deals were secured through AE Connect.

Learn more about Advanced Engineering International here

ATX East

When: December 2022 – dates tbc

Where: Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, US

Sectors: Robotics and automation

ATX East is a key sourcing home for the eastern US for hundreds of suppliers in the robotics and automation industries. Automation, 3D printing, robotics, assembly, smart manufacturing equipment and motion control are well represented at the show which is the largest of its kind in the region. Robotics and automation solutions for medtech, packaging, product design, plastics, and quality assurance can all be found at ATX East, which brings together engineers, designers, and decision-makers in the industry.

Find out more about ATX East here


Trade shows to watch out for in 2023…



When: 24-26 April 2023

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

Sectors: Food processing, packaging and logistics

FoodEx is the UK’s premier trade event for food and drink manufacturing, processing, packaging and logistics, taking places every three years. Industry 4.0 will be a key theme at the 2023 edition, as well as sustainability.

Discover more about FoodEx 2023 here


When: 18-21 April 2023

Where: Palexpo Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Sectors: Nonwovens, geotextiles, infection control, packaging

 Index is the key event for the nonwovens industry around the world and takes place every three years. This is a must visit for companies working in the any of the various sectors of the nonwovens industry and will host around 12,000 visitors from around the world.

Learn more about Index 2023 here


When: 4-10 May 2023

Where: Messe, Düsseldorf, Germany

Sectors: Packaging, processing, distribution

An important international event for packaging and associated industries, Interpack showcases packaging, processing and distribution solutions from the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and industrial goods sectors.

Find out more about Interpack 2023 here


When: 13-15 June 2023

Where: East of England Arena, Peterborough, UK

Sectors: Construction, hire

Plantworx is the UK’s largest live working construction event and a huge opportunity for worldwide construction equipment manufacturers to introduce the latest plant technology to the UK construction industry. The event typically attracts around 15,000 visitors, from a variety of construction sectors such as plant and tool hire, civil engineering, groundworks, contractors, utilities, highways, demolition and many more.

Learn more about Plantworx here

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