East Coast Amusement Show goes to Washington

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New for 2017, the East Coast Amusement Show has expanded to include Washington, near Newcastle, as well as its traditional home of Skegness. Michael Green of UDC tell us all about the show.

 

Why and when did ECAS start?

ECAS started back in 2010 after we’d been asked by many of our customers on the east coast if we could show our new products at a venue that they’d find easier to travel to. Whilst we invite everyone along to the Park Avenue Open Day in June it’s a long way some to attend and the timing during June can make it problematic. We knew about various regional shows are run up and down the country and could see that this area was left out and felt that we could properly address this oversight with ECAS.

Why Skegness?

It’s a focal point for the east coast. There are so many excellent operators within a relatively short distance it made sense. The Southview Park Hotel was our first choice of venue and they’ve been terrific every year.

And now why Washington?

For the same reason, customer demand! We’ve been asked time and time again to see if we can do a show in the north east. Our friends and customers in the north east have been somewhat neglected when it comes to nearby shows to see new equipment and catch up on the latest industry developments. The venue, the Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Gold and Spa, is an excellent location with tremendous facilities if visitors decide to make a day of it. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s come together.

What does ECAS deliver for UDC?

It’s invaluable for us to be able to keep our finger on the pulse of both the east coast and the north east regions. We have many customers in both areas and look forward to seeing them and catching up. It’s a close knit industry and many operators are also friends, so we get to socialise whilst talking business. It’s also a great opportunity to attract new customers to come along. We’re able to talk one-on-one with operators away from the everyday distractions for a few hours and talk them through our range of new games. We find out what’s doing well and what we can do to help if anyone has any issues we have members of our technical team on hand who have been known to visit arcades whilst we’re in the area to lend a helping hand if need be.

What are you showing this year?

There’s going to be plenty for visitors to see including redemption games, pushers, skill games and interesting new products. Amongst those we’re showing are an 8 player ‘Bingo’ 10p pusher which we’re very excited about, the latest skill game from Benchmark is the ‘Tesla’ and a new 10p redemption ticket pusher called ‘Le Top’. Then there’s the Eclipse photo booth with a stunning LED curved display which is very attractive and innovative.

What can you tell us about your fellow exhibitors?

The line-up for ECAS has changed over the years. RMLS Sales have been a part of the show now for a number of years and their range complements our own, I think it’s a good mix of product. ITP Imports, who specialise in prizes, are a new addition this year.

Anything left to say?

Just that if you’re nearby it would be a shame for anyone to miss it, it’s well worth the effort to come long in my opinion. ECAS is an intimate affair with a laid back atmosphere. Unlike the bigger shows we have more time to spend with each operator when they come along, which means we aren’t as rushed as in London at the EAG, so there’s time for a really good chin wag as well. The UDC team will be on hand, including myself, Joshua Hurst in sales, UDC Technical Director Paul Moriarty. We’re really looking forward to it, see you there!

tell us all about the show.

 

Why and when did ECAS start?

ECAS started back in 2010 after we’d been asked by many of our customers on the east coast if we could show our new products at a venue that they’d find easier to travel to. Whilst we invite everyone along to the Park Avenue Open Day in June it’s a long way some to attend and the timing during June can make it problematic. We knew about various regional shows are run up and down the country and could see that this area was left out and felt that we could properly address this oversight with ECAS.

Why Skegness?

It’s a focal point for the east coast. There are so many excellent operators within a relatively short distance it made sense. The Southview Park Hotel was our first choice of venue and they’ve been terrific every year.

And now why Washington?

For the same reason, customer demand! We’ve been asked time and time again to see if we can do a show in the north east. Our friends and customers in the north east have been somewhat neglected when it comes to nearby shows to see new equipment and catch up on the latest industry developments. The venue, the Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Gold and Spa, is an excellent location with tremendous facilities if visitors decide to make a day of it. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s come together.

What does ECAS deliver for UDC?

It’s invaluable for us to be able to keep our finger on the pulse of both the east coast and the north east regions. We have many customers in both areas and look forward to seeing them and catching up. It’s a close knit industry and many operators are also friends, so we get to socialise whilst talking business. It’s also a great opportunity to attract new customers to come along. We’re able to talk one-on-one with operators away from the everyday distractions for a few hours and talk them through our range of new games. We find out what’s doing well and what we can do to help if anyone has any issues we have members of our technical team on hand who have been known to visit arcades whilst we’re in the area to lend a helping hand if need be.

What are you showing this year?

There’s going to be plenty for visitors to see including redemption games, pushers, skill games and interesting new products. Amongst those we’re showing are an 8 player ‘Bingo’ 10p pusher which we’re very excited about, the latest skill game from Benchmark is the ‘Tesla’ and a new 10p redemption ticket pusher called ‘Le Top’. Then there’s the Eclipse photo booth with a stunning LED curved display which is very attractive and innovative.

What can you tell us about your fellow exhibitors?

The line-up for ECAS has changed over the years. RMLS Sales have been a part of the show now for a number of years and their range complements our own, I think it’s a good mix of product. ITP Imports, who specialise in prizes, are a new addition this year.

Anything left to say?

Just that if you’re nearby it would be a shame for anyone to miss it, it’s well worth the effort to come long in my opinion. ECAS is an intimate affair with a laid back atmosphere. Unlike the bigger shows we have more time to spend with each operator when they come along, which means we aren’t as rushed as in London at the EAG, so there’s time for a really good chin wag as well. The UDC team will be on hand, including myself, Joshua Hurst in sales, UDC Technical Director Paul Moriarty. We’re really looking forward to it, see you there!


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