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Iconic CES Trade Show Celebrates 50 Years in Style

CES 2017 Consumer Electronics Show registration building a tension fabric structure at the Las Vegas Convention Center

The 50th annual CES Consumer Electronics Show (1967-2017)  wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. Eagerly anticipated by industry and consumers everywhere, this annual technology fest gives companies from around the globe a chance to share their latest technology breakthroughs in new products and promising concepts that will make our lives better and more fun. CES is held each year here in our home town of Las Vegas and, for a number of years, we’ve had the honor of providing temporary activity, display and event spaces at CES for the show and exhibitors with our tension fabric structures.

Allsite Temporary Fabric Structures at CES 2017

As in past years, Allsite was privileged to be a vendor for CES, providing two clear span fabric structures, consisting of a 21 meter (70’ x 164’) and a larger 48 meter (156’ x 98’) CES Registration area including public entrance doors on Allsite TFS temporary structuretemporary fabric building. They were put to good use by Gibson Brands, an exciting exhibitor in the entertainment space, and by the CES Show organizers to help process CES attendees at registration, for the duration of the event.

Our tension fabric structures were just what was needed to house the CES Registration Hall. Our clear span structure provided CES with a temporary, spacious, airy and conveniently situated hall in which to accommodate large numbers of arriving attendees as they poured in from all over the world to pick up their credentials, get questions answered and move on to the actual show floor and various event venues. The temporary fabric structure, in this case erected in a centrally located parking lot, was installed in a matter of days, and was equipped with appropriate wiring, lighting, public access doorways, and climate controls to provide services and optimize the space for efficient and comfortable processing of show attendees and other guests. With Allsite’s sturdy, all-weather tension fabric structures, our trade show clients know their structures will easily withstand any weather that may roll through, day or night, whether rain, snow, ice or, as is sometimes the case in Las Vegas, strong winds. Strong and light, they’re perfect for short duration use at trade shows like CES, as an affordable and convenient solution for a temporary need, and can be quickly configured, transported, installed and then uninstalled after use.

Allsite Clear Span Structure Highlights Gibson Brands at CES

In addition to the CES Registration area, Allsite once again provided Gibson Brands with a free-standing entertainment venue, where this iconic company’s musical and home entertainment brands were on visual and, of course, excellent audio display. Equipped with a heavy-duty truss, our aluminum framed structure accommodated Gibson’s sophisticated sound system requirements. The large, open, clear span structure provided plenty of space for multiple musical instrument and entertainment product demos and displays, as well as plenty of inviting space for live music and concerts.

Some CES 2017 Favorites from the Show Floor

Now that the show has wrapped, we can look back at another successful CES. Since we had a chance to take in some of the show while we were on site, we’d like to mention a few of our favorite “finds” among the thousands of introductions, demos and displays on the show floor. Among this year’s new product announcements that included many new digital entertainment and information technology devices, covering seemingly everything for smart homes, smart offices and smart cars, not to mention smart outdoors, here are a few of our favorites:

  • In automotive technology, the BMW HaloActive Touch / i Inside Future Concept featuring futuristic, mind-bending holographics, with ultrasonic haptic controls, promising to make the driving experience more intuitive, interactive and fun.
  • In digital health technology, the Hyundai H-MEX Exoskeleton that allows people now in wheelchairs to “walk” using a digitally- guided mechanical suit that supports and reinforces the human body where it needs help. Hyundai hopes to make this freedom-giving device available in a few years, once it passes regulatory approval.
  • In robotics, everyone at the show fell in love with charming Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics. Designed by Pixar, Kuri combines charm with service and versatility. It is a personal assistant robot that can navigate your home, carrying out everything from security checks to entertaining you and your children.

Allsite staff looks forward each year to attending CES Las Vegas, and to providing the right trade show spaces for our clients, no matter what their needs. Our tension fabric structures come in a variety of sizes and can be equipped with a number of options, allowing us to provide a unique and perfect solution for each client’s needs. We know that what goes into getting ready for trade shows like CES is a lot of hard work and preparation. Our goal is to make it just a bit easier for companies to take part in shows like CES by providing them the right space to do it, easily, affordably and reliably.

We hope to see you next year at CES 2018!


Author Beth Karikari

Beth holds a Bachelor of Business and Master of Marketing from Griffith University, Australia, and is currently undertaking her Master of Business Administration at Griffith. Read more about Beth and the rest of our team at

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