By Marrecca Fiore & Linda Zebian Reed Elsevier Sells Canadian Industrial and Manufacturing Tradeshows

Reed Elsevier, parent of Reed Exhibitions, has sold its Canadian industrial and manufacturing tradeshow portfolio, as part of a strategy to align its business operations in North America. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Reed Elsevier in the transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers purchased seven of the shows: Plant Maintenance & Design Engineering, Western Manufacturing Technology Show, Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, Advanced Manufacturing Expo, Montreal Manufacturing Technology, Southwest Ontario Industrial Show and Canadian Manufacturing Week. Vance Publishing purchased Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo and SIBO.

The sale was the final step in a strategic alignment for Reed, focusing on four specific areas of growth: hearth & home; security; luxury & lifestyle; and life science/healthcare. Reed retained its Canadian retail events in Jewelry, Publishing, Golf, and Infosecurity. Earlier this year, it purchased the National Hardware Show Canada.

In related news, Reed Business Information Monday said it will acquire, an online lead generation company.

CMP Buys Software 2007 Conference

CMP Technology has acquired the Software 2007 conference, which is the fourth in a series of annual conferences built upon the 10-year-old Enterprise series that serves the top 200 software CEOs and executives. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The conference will add to CMP’s staple of technology-related conferences including Interop, VoiceCon, Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0 Conference and Mobile Business Expo. M.R. Rangaswami will continue his role as executive conference director of the event and will join CMP Technology’s MediaLive division.

Software 2006 attendees exceeded 1,500 and past sponsoring companies have included Microsoft, Oracle, EMC, SAP and Tata Consultancy. The Software 2007 conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 8-9.

Zinio: 50+ Digital Mag Launches in Recent Months

Zinio Systems, Inc., a digital publishing provider based in San Francisco, has launched more than 50 new consumer titles in 10 countries over the past several months, according to the company. Notable domestic launches include the digital launch of Men’s Health, Black Enterprise, and Penthouse. International titles include National Geographic Espana, Elle, and Maxim.

The Week Most Credible Media According To Study

Five-year old new digest The Week was ranked the number one most credible media by U.S. opinion leaders in a recent Erdos & Morgan study. The study ranked 128 print and broadcast media products. The top 10 most credible media include: The Week, The Economist, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, The New England Journal of Medicine, NOW (PBS), NOVA (PBS), National Review, Washington Week (PBS), The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Frontline (PBS).

Working Mother CEO, Founder Honored by March of Dimes

The March of Dimes will honor Working Mother Media CEO and founder Carol Evans at its ninth annual March of Dimes Chairman’s Club Dinner in New York tonight. Evans is being recognized for her work with the organization and its mission to save babies from premature death and other leading causes of infant death and disability since joining the Board of Trustees in 2004.

Reed Business Information to Acquire Online Lead Generation Business

B-to-b publisher Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, will acquire, an online lead generation company. The closing of the sale is expected to occur around the first of the year, according to a statement from the Jordan, Edminston Group, which represented Reed Business in the sale. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

BuyerZone is an online b-to-b marketplace that links prospective buyers to qualified suppliers of more than 125 business product and service categories, including office and industrial equipment, telecom, technology, human resources, financial products and retail services. The company has facilitated more than $5 billion in transactions since 2004. The acquisition is expected to accelerate online growth for RBI.

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