Sparrow The Vertikal Press Ltd. Several years of incredible growth were clearly fading out, but the global banking crisis had not yet hit. That introduction referred to the uncertainty ahead and how important it was in such times to make the most of a big international show. Three years on, and the same message applies, but for very different reasons. Since the last Conexpo the world has been through the worst recession in living memory. Although we appear to be on the road to recovery we probably face several years of slow growth. This year there are also a record number of sub-suppliers offering components and services, many of which are well worth a visit. This guide is intended to help you identify and highlight the most interesting exhibits.