The company, which had one of the largest stands at the 2007 show with a double-decker, was flanked by the notorious curtain which separated ATEI from ICE.

Chairman Russell Hoyle said: “More than anything else, ATEI has become a social event for the UK market place and we can do that just as effectively in other ways.

“As far as the international business is concerned, we have our partnerships in various places in the world and don’t need the show to foster those. And last year the layout left me less than impressed; we felt that we had wasted our money.”