Operations Award

Objectives of the "UFI Operations Award" competition

  • To reward, the best exhibition industry initiatives connected to operations issues as they are related to the current competition theme.
  • To give exhibition professionals the opportunity to exchange interesting and innovative ideas, concepts, techniques and knowledge to related operations issues.
  • To honour those in the exhibition industry who have successfully implemented creative and results-oriented initiatives.

Operations Award 2009


The Grand Award winner was Messe Düsseldorf with an outstanding  presentation of its programme which is designed to improve site  logistics and system reliability, increase on-site safety and stabilise  logistic costs for exhibitors while improving site turn-around times  between events.  What particularly impressed the jury was the adaptation of off-the-shelf technology to significantly facilitate traffic  management.  The system sends an SMS message directly to service  provider and delivery drivers advising them when they are permitted to  enter the exhibition venue.  Rowena Arzt, UFI Business Development  Director and Secretary of the UFI Operations Committee, summed up the  selection of Messe Düsseldorf as the winner of the 2009 UFI Operations Award, saying, “As all involved in exhibition management are aware, one  of the keys to a speedy and efficient exhibition set-up period is  timely, smooth venue access. The adaptation of existing technology by  Messe Düsseldorf ’s team created a customized solution to this problem.”

More details with the press release




Left to right:
Andreas Winckler – Chairman of UFI Operations Committee & General  and Manager Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH – Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Werner Arnold - Team Leader Logistics / Department Site Services and Logistics – Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Ian Hume - Director of the Department Site Services and Logistics – Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Rowena Arzt – UFI Director of Business Development and Secretary of the UFI Operations Committee

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