DDR Forum and Expo 2017, focused on the Circular Economy

Published 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. 


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