AES says PC 96 in Melbourne drew 46,500

PC 96, held from 3-6 September at Melbourne's new Exhibition Centre, showcased the burgeoning corporate and community interest in the Internet, intranet and notebook computers. While crowds declined marginally from last year's event, the number of exhibitors and amount of exhibition space increased.

Chris Murray, exhibition director for Australian Exhibition Services, says PC 96 in Melbourne drew approximately 46,500 - down 1,700 from last year's show. PC 96 in Sydney drew 47,900, he said. However, at PC 96 in Melbourne, the number of exhibitors rose from 287 to 295 and the exhibition space increased by 2,000 square metres, according to AES.

A variety of awards were presented at PC 96:l Best stand shell scheme: Keyboard Concepts l Best stand award - free design under 36m squared: Com Tech International l Best stand award - free design over 36m squared: Hewlett-Packard l Best new Australian product: Loyalty Magicl Best new corporate computing product: Powersoft's Powerbuilder 5.0 l Best new media product: Creative Software Technologies' Camwiz Worksl Best new Macintosh product: Mitsui Computers' PowerTower Pro l Best new hardware product: Modem Connections' Pilotl Best new software product: CyberMedia International's FirstAid 95 l Best networking product: Banksia Technology's ISDN Expressl Best product of show: the PilotWilliam Bremer of Norse Technology, a Sydney-based wholesaler, says Norse picked up a number of useful contacts at PC 96, although he was unsure as to whether the show was the best way to attract dealers.

Bremer estimated the number of people to have passed through his stand at "300 to 400 a day".

Meyer Missry, from SyQuest, said last week his initial impressions were that "although numbers seemed down [on the previous year], the quality [of people who passed through the stand] was very good".

He was, however, unable to make a more definitive comment until data on inquiries received at the SyQuest stand is retrieved from a barcode- oriented information storage system. Missry says SyQuest has a heavy product release schedule based around the PC shows set down for 1997. "Although the PC show is a scatter gun type approach, which hits a broad audience, it does open a lot of opportunities," he said.