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Rapid News Communications Group Completes Acquisition of Med-Tech Innovation Magazine, Website and Expo.

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16th November 2016, Chester, UK - Rapid News Communications Group (RNCG) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of the Med-Tech Innovation brands from MedTech Communications Ltd.

The Med-Tech Innovation brand was established in 2010, under the direction of Colin Martin and is now firmly positioned as the leading medical device magazine and exhibition for the UK and Irish medical sector. Martin will continue to drive the products under the new ownership.

Rapid News Communications Group, led by the experienced executives Mark Blezard and Duncan Wood, is a specialist B2B media and events company with market leading brands in the life sciences, plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing sectors. The Med-Tech products will join a hugely successful media and event portfolio including Interplas, TCT, Medical Plastics News, European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, British Plastics and Rubber and Digital Health Age.

Mark Blezard, CEO, RNCG commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be adding to our strong portfolio in the life sciences sector with this acquisition. The Med-Tech products clearly increase our commitment to the UK healthcare market and we promise to invest not just money and infrastructure into the magazine and event but also our 25 years experience in the medical device sector. We have a track record in high technology industries and have accelerated media and events with great success in recent years. We look forward to doing the same with the Med-Tech brands and enhancing them for all stakeholders in the UK and Ireland medical device sector.

Colin Martin adds, “I am delighted to be able to take the business forward with the resources, experience and expertise of RNCG. Med-Tech Innovation has always been about facilitating communication between all stakeholders in the medical device, innovation, design and manufacturing process and this announcement propels Med-Tech forward in all areas of the business. I look forward to getting started with the team at RNCG immediately.

Registration for the UK’s Biggest 3D Technologies Event Hits Record High


This year TCT Show + Personalize is celebrating its 20th anniversary and promises to be the best edition to date as registrations for the event, with just two weeks to go, hit record levels.  

As the world’s largest and most comprehensive dedicated 3D technologies event, the TCT show floor really is the only place to be in September, as the biggest players in the 3D printing industry come out in force to demonstrate their full range of capabilities. The biggest names in 3D printing — including industry champions Stratasys, EOS, EnvisionTEC, Renishaw, Materialise, SLM Solutions, Autodesk, Arcam, citim GmbH, Declam, ExOne, Höganäs, Proto Labs, Mcor, Makerbot, Roland DG, 3D Systems, DSM Somos, and Ultimaker — will all be present at TCT Show, bringing together the largest number of additive manufacturing technology manufacturers in one place. This year, TCT also boasts over 60 brand new exhibitors that have never before shown their products to a TCT audience. For a full list of exhibitors, click here.  

The newest and freshest talent of 3D printing can be explored in the Start Up Zone and through the TCT Introducing stage — an opportunity to see the very latest product launches from both first-time exhibitors and returning companies with something new to unveil. For the maker community, TCT welcomes back the RepRap Hub, a renowned hotbed for sharing ideas and making connections.

In the main conference arena, keynotes will kick off morning and afternoon sessions on both days of the show including: Al Siblani, CEO, EnvisionTec; J. Scott Schiller, Worldwide Director of 3D Printing, HP; Andy Middleton, President EMEA, Stratasys; Max Lobovsky, Founder & CEO, Formlabs; Dr Conor MacCormack, Co-founder and CEO, Mcor Technologies; and finally, Todd Grimm, President, T.A. Grimm & Associates.  

The rest of the sessions will cover the myriad applications of 3D technologies across a diverse range of industries. Day one features sessions focusing on Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing looking at the processes themselves; Day two will then cover applications of the technologies in the Transport, Healthcare, and Jewellery & Heritage sectors. For the full list of confirmed speakers, click here.  

The Technology Stage will feature a host of interesting and informative seminar sessions carefully crafted to educate both new and experienced users of 3D technologies. The ever-popular Introduction to Additive Technologies session will return to the show as well as industry-focused sessions on software, inspection, digitising and metrology. A new session for 2015 called Introducing the UL AM Training Curriculum will look at training standards in the 3D printing sector.  

Finally, making a welcome return to TCT Show will be TCT Inspired Minds in association with Black Country Atelier and 3D Systems, giving schoolchildren the chance to get hands-on 3D printing experience.  

Head of Content at TCT, James Woodcock, said:

The 20th anniversary edition of TCT Show + Personalize was always going to be special and the whole team is exceptionally proud of the event we’ve put together for 2015. The TCT show floor has become the benchmark against which other shows are measured, and the conference stage attracts the biggest names in the industry year-on-year. To have all of this available free for visitors is an unparalleled achievement. We’ve seen an incredible evolution of 3D technologies in the last few years but TCT Show remains the very best place to see everything together under one roof.