Words from the IACDS PresidentPublished 29/3, 2016 at 11:12
The busier the better!
It has been a very busy start to 2016 and it shows no sign of letting up. This is great news and the busier the better, I say.
I am writing this column in between the fantastic World of Concrete event and the forthcoming Bauma in Munich in April.
There was a real buzz in Las Vegas at WOC and there was certainly a feeling that the industry is on the up again. At the time of writing, I haven’t had the official attendance figures, but it felt much busier than I can remember in terms of visitor numbers. It was confirmed before the show that there was more floor space taken up by exhibitors than at any time in the last seven years. If that is not a sign that confidence is returning, then I don’t know what is. Of course, we can all see that there are signs of some global economic difficulties, but that does not seem to be dampening the spirit of the industry, which is great to see.
I have spoken to colleagues at the Concrete Drilling and Sawing Association, and they say it is the best take-up of their training courses at the event since they started offering them there back in 2010.
One of the themes running through my columns has been on training and development, so I was delighted to hear this news and that a training course the CSDA ran in Florida a few weeks before WOC on the use of robotic demolition equipment attracted 15 students.
There were also 75 people in attendance at its Next Generation networking event at World of Concrete, the people who are the future of our industry. This is music to my ears and gives me great confidence that we finally have a future generation of people to pass our wonderful industry onto.
I never win a penny in Vegas so at least I can get excited about what is going on with our industry. As I keep telling the press in the UK, concrete cutting is sexy. #concretecuttingissexy
So we move onto Bauma in April and another event I am very much looking forward too and it runs alongside our International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers event and meeting from April 15 to 17.
This is a brilliant opportunity to network and discuss the latest industry developments. It is a good mix of formal and informal sessions and I find that is the best way to get the conversation going. That is why we are having a drinks reception on Friday, 15 April at 5.30pm at the Fachverband Betonbohren und -Sägen Deutchland stand 138 in Hall 1. Pop along and join us for a beer.
I hope to see as many of you as possible there and I am really keen to hear how everyone’s business is faring and what the trends are on a country-by-country basis, but also globally.
Of course, I am also there to have a bit of fun too, you know what they say about all work and no play.
That’s why we are having a social dinner on Saturday evening followed by a meeting on April 17 starting at 9am and we are always happy to have guests at the meeting and also suggestions for topics to discuss. You can find more details here: http://www.iacds.org/calendar/activities/iacds-annual-meeting-2016
I have no doubt that the topic of the EU referendum that is being talked about in the UK will crop up in conversation – it’s certainly dominating the media in the UK at the moment and I am sure it will continue to do so for many months to come.
Again, I’d be very interested to know how other UK companies feel about the referendum and also how this debate is being viewed both inside the rest of the EU and outside of it – is the UK heading down an unknown path?
Once again, BAUMA will also be a chance to showcase the very best of our industry through the Diamond Awards. I hope you have all managed to get an entry in ahead of the February 29 deadline and that we have another fantastic winner to show the world what we do best! More information is here: http://www.iacds.org/calendar/activities/diamond-award-2016
See you at BAUMA!
Julie White, President of IACDS