DDR Forum and Expo 2017, focused on the Circular EconomyPublished 10/7, 2017 at 13:15
The European Demolition Association held its first DDR Expo and Forum in June. The event, which is planned to be held at the Brussels Expo every third year, included an exhibition with over 20 exhibiting companies and three days of seminars. Attendance was expected to be round 1000 with a focus on the circular economy and how to adapt. PDi Editor in chief Jan Hermansson reports.
The DDR Forum and Expo 2017 was an event where professionals in the industry had the opportunity to meet under the same flag: How to go towards the Circular Economy? Participants came from different corners of the world representing contractors, institutions, associations and federations, including the European Commission. The conference sessions covered topics of interest for the attendants listed in PDi 2-2017.
Heavy partners and exhibitors
The institutional partners were the European Commission, Flemish Construction Confederation, European Builders Confederation; Construction Products Europe; Fédération Internationale du Recyclage; the Concrete Initiative; Metals for Buildings; European Aggregates Association; European Convention for Constructional Steelwork; European Federation of Glass Recyclers; Committee for European Construction Equipment; and VITO.
Between the two conference areas, the workshop room and the planetary room the DDR Expo was staged with 23 exhibiting companies. Caterpillar used the opportunity to launch its Cat340F UHD track excavator. Other exhibitors were Liebherr, Keestrack, Dynaset and MB Dustcontrol who launched a new dust suppression cannon. In addition Atlas Copco, Arvi, Demarec, Arden Equipment, VTN Europe, Leotech, Hydraram, Grabiron, Rotar, Dem-tech-LaBounty, Spraystream, Antea Group and DDB displayed some of their products. Spraystream showed a new small battery driven dust suppression cannon. Quite new to the European market was the Ukrainian manufacturer Grabiron. In addition, the contractor companies Italian Despe and VI.BI, as well as Intermat, supported the event.
The general opinion among the exhibitors was that attendance was low and disappointing. This in combination with the high cost of exhibition space might cause problems at future events. However, the second day was with higher quality of visitors.
EDA General Assembly 2017
Several national associations held meetings during the event, including the European Demolition Association’s general assembly. EDA members reviewed the main subjects of the association and decided how to face key projects in the future. In addition, there was time to create an overview of the demolition situation in each country, where the delegates shared the forecasts for the future. The following representatives of the national associations were present in the meeting:
CASO (Belgium): Johan D’Hooghe and Kees J. De Groot
FDA (Finland): Janne Salonen and Riikka Kinnunen
SNED (France): Sebastien Sureau, Nathanaël Cornet-Philippe and Patrick Frye
DA (Germany): Andreas Pocha
NAD (Italy): Stefano Panseri and Maria Beatrice Celino
AEDED (Spain): Francisco Cobo and Daniel Anka
RIV (Sweden): Igor Kecskés-Maconkai
NFDC (United Kingdom): William Sinclair, Howard Button and Paul Brown
SDA (Serbia): Dejan Bojovic
The EDA’s next annual event will take place from 7th to 9th of June 2018 in Vienna, Austria.