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CPhI Japan Triumphs in the Prestigious AEO Excellence Awards

HONG KONG, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- CPhI Japan ( has won the "Organiser Team of the Year" award at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Excellence Awards on 6 July, 2012. CPhI Japan is a collaboration of UBM Asia in Japan ( and UBM Live (, also a UBM company which is based in Amsterdam.

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Operating the leading pharma event in Asia's largest market, CPhI Japan team demonstrates the highest levels of dedication and professionalism. In the wake of Northeast Japan earthquakes and tsunami in 2011, the team moved the event to Osaka in three months, retaining 50% of its original clients and subsequently helping the Japanese pharma market recover under the extraordinary circumstances.

In 2012, CPhI Japan returned to the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre with a record attendance of 14,473 attendees, representing a 17% increase over 2010. The success revealed the loyalty of the markets towards CPhI Japan, as well as the strength and resilience it had demonstrated to the Japanese pharma market in times of adversity.

Jime Essink, President and Chief Executive Officer of UBM Asia said:

"We are very honoured to have won UBM's first AEO award, which recognises and celebrates our excellence and innovation in serving customers. I would like to congratulate the CPhl Japan team and applaud their hard work. Their dedication in delivering a record event in April 2011 when the natural disaster hit just four weeks before the event is absolutely impressive."

AEO Excellence Awards ( recognise achievements in various areas of event organising industry from organisers to venues to suppliers every year. The 2012 awards ceremony was held at the Honourable Artillery Club in London and attended by more than 1,000 events industry professionals, all vying for the top slot in their respective categories.

Notes to Editors

1.    About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have over 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

2.    About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,600 staff in 31 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1691
Fax: +852-3749-7342

Elsie Hui, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1679
Fax: +852-3749-7342

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