Great expectations for ConexpoPublished 2/3 at 13:23
This coming Conexpo-Con/Agg show, to be held on 7 to 11 March at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, US, is well placed to set a record number of exhibitors and attract record number of visitors. PDi Editor in chief Jan Hermansson reports.
This time the US building and construction industry is in a much better shape than at the last Conexpo three years ago, which covered an exhibition area of around 232,000m2. This year there are about 2,300 exhibitors so far registered, including over 700 new ones, with many companies from foreign countries and around 125,000 visitors expected through the turnstiles.
Conexpo-Con/Agg is organised by the American Equipment Manufacturers Associations and could be compared as the US answer to Bauma in Germany. It is not as big as Bauma but the equipment displayed is more on the heavy side, like Bauma. Light construction equipment, such as concrete cutting machinery, diamond tools and concrete floor grinding equipment, is not represented in the same way as at World of Concrete, but heavy demolition carriers and attachments, as well as mobile recycling equipment will be on display. There will also be over 150 education sessions covering asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining and utilities.
What’s new for 2017?
The Tech Experience is something new, which is a 7,000m2 area where the future of the construction industry will be displayed and how businesses can become more profitable and more efficient.
There is also the new Badge-Pack that includes a free Las Vegas Monorail multi-day pass and free bus to and from the show to most hotels; access to seven different halls on all five show days and discounts at various Las Vegas bars and restaurants and entry to the new Tech Experience.
There is also a new system that helps visitors keep track of exhibitors visited and who to follow-up. There are also new education packs including technology, business management, workforce development, and more. The show also has its own radio programme this year.
Things to do
To benefit The Call of Duty Endowment, the show is hosting benefit auctions and a benefit concert with all of the proceeds going to the Call of Duty Endowment. There will also be a NASCAR Experiences at the show and meetings for young visitors to join with their peers to network and have some fun.
In this issue of PDi there is a list of exhibitors related to the product areas covered by the magazine, such as demolition, recycling, concrete cutting and floor grinding, hydrodemolition and related equipment. For a full list of all exhibitors please visit the Conexpo-Con/Agg website.
The show issues of PDi and PDa magazines will be available for collection at the main entrance.