Just returned from Long Beach and the APEX 2000 show. It has been a number of years of since I attended a trade show and felt the excitement of being on an exhibit floor.
All or at least most of the exhibitors seemed to be very busy and looking forward to next years show in San Diego.
The attendees were busy walking and looking at the new equipment on display and the general feeling seemed to be, �It is smaller and more focused�. All seemed to think it was easy to look at equipment and not have to fight through the different halls.
For the exhibitors in the main hall things were very busy, but the people pushed into the back arena were very slow at times and did not see the large numbers of attendees.
Most booths were typical size, but a few seemed to be too large for the setting of the exhibit hall. Some with high structures blocking the view of other exhibitors. (Thought this was one issue that the IPC was not permitting at APEX?)
This was a capital equipment show and in general worth visiting.
Just my thoughts