Amex delivers again


The road from Dublin airport was still littered with the posters from the recent elections.  A bewildering array of candidates with unpronounceable names, all promising to lead the Celtic tiger back to former glories.

The Green Isle Hotel at Newlands Cross, the location for the 32nd AMEX show, has also been transforming over the past few years. It is bigger than ever and now boasts a leisure complex and more rooms. The show inside, however, was much the same as ever and even though I had not attended for 2 years, most of the exhibitors were in similar locations to the last time I went. Things got a bit quiet around 4pm but were looking nice and busy at the start.

ng reassuring about the Dublin show. Exhibitors take a few pieces of equipment, some of which is already sold to Irish customers and some of which hopefully will be by the end of day one. “The joy of this show is that most of the customers you see are owner operators who can make a buying decision on the spot,” said Paolo Sidoli of SB Machines, who had two of his leading kiddie rides; Hello Kitty Funhouse and Smiley Train at the show.

On the video front, Sega brought some used product and seemed to do a brisk trade. Brent/Namco Bandai had one of the bigger stands as usual and brought a good selection of machines, including Super Bikes 2. Harry Levy Amusements had some amusement and redemption pieces, including the popular Pull My Finger! Steve Bryant represented AMG and showed some exclusive products including LAI Games Stack n Grab and Harry Levy’s Snakes n Ladders

Electrocoin showed an exciting range of gaming machines for both North and South, including X Games with a compendium of favourites and the innovative X Roulette. Crown Direct showed a variety of equipment for the Irish market including two slot for Ireland and a Coronation Street puser from Harry Levy.

There were some visitors from the north of Ireland at the show, according to Alan Meats of Sound Leisure, which won a prize for the most innovative product of the exhibition for its Venue Hub. Other jukebox manufacturers were also present, including NSM Music on the Q Leisure stand at the back of the hall and a newcomer, Irish company Touchhits.

As ever, much of the gaming product was more casino than street gaming and suppliers including companies such as Carnaby Gaming, TCS John Huxley and Genesis Games with its selection of Amatic slots.

SAM Leisure  brought the new SAM Atlantic table to AMEX in stunning Zebrano finish. Baize Craft Table Sport Products was also in attendance, exhibiting cue sport products, with its attractive WIK SKATE Air Hockey table featuring a unique Curved Half-Pipe play bed, and also the new Simply Pool, Milano Modern 8 ball pool table. The company’s Gareth Haughey said, “We found the show to be a great opportunity to showcase these two new tables, and reintroduce ourselves to our customer base throughout Ireland.”

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Novelties and plush were well represented by the irrepressible Ian Malpas of Novelty World who has been through the mill recently with a legal case involving a member of staff which has necessitated a company name change. He seemed to spend half his time on the stand of fellow plush and licensed products ITM Leisure. This was probably because they had a great crowd at the show including the wonderful Jean Thomas who was in fine voice (as indeed we all were!) in the bar that night!

Spares and cash handling equipment could be found on the stands of Hazel Electronics which was doing a brisk trade throughout the show. E-Service brought a team including Ian Fuller of Thomas Automatics, which is now of course part of the company. Cummins-Allison Ireland showed their range of coin and note counting equipment. Scan-Coin Ireland  showed its range of heavy duty SCS8200 note sorters  and the XC3 note and coin changer.

If we have left anyone out of the show report – we do apologise. Just send in an angry note and some details of what you would like me to mention about your product and I will make sure it gets a mention next time. I will put it down to the 6am start, which gave me just 5 hours of precious sleep after all the singing with Susan Freery and John Purcell in the bar. Thanks guys for a really great little show.

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