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CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2014 attract nearly 130,000, set new exhibit & education records

CONEXPOCONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4-8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers. Total registration of 129,364 soared past the last edition of the shows as they achieved the second-highest attendance in their history. The shows also set new records for exhibit space, number of exhibitors and education tickets sold.

The co-located CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, at the Las Vegas (USA) Convention Center, delivered a global showcase of the newest product innovations and technologies for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries with more than 1,000 new products and services on display.

Attendees also took advantage of the shows’ strong industry education programs and the unparalleled opportunity to connect with industry peers, take the pulse of what’s happening and learn what the future holds.

“The enthusiasm and traffic on the show floor was just incredible. Exhibitors cited the high quality of attendees; they told us these were serious buyers and reported robust sales to existing as well as new customers that exceeded their expectations,” stated Megan Tanel, CONEXPO-CONAGG show director.

Quality Attendance, International Scope

The Show maintained the growing international scope of the shows with international registrations totaling more than 31,000, or an increase of nine percent from the most recent events.  The number of countries represented increased to 170 from 159 in 2011, and the number of international attendees matched the record 24 percent of total attendance set in 2011.  International attendance drew heavily from Latin America, China, Canada, and Europe.

More than 75 percent of show visitors were in managerial roles (with 36 percent of these with the top titles of president/owner and vice president/general manager/chief financial officer).

Both shows set new records for exhibit space and number of exhibitors, CONEXPO-CON/AGG with more than 2.35 million net square feet of exhibit space and more than 2,000 exhibitors, and IFPE with more than 161,000 net square feet and 400 exhibitors.

A record 41,000 education ticket sales were sold to the shows’ education programs, underscoring their relevance to helping attendees succeed in today’s business environment.

“CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 reflected the feeling of momentum building in the industry. We are industry-run shows with industry needs put first; these show numbers are a testament to the value attendees, exhibitors, and other stakeholders derive from their participation,” stated Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director.

Global Industry Gathering Place

Among the show visitors were Acting U.S Deputy Secretary of Commerce Patrick D. Gallagher, Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez and former U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, who served as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007 to 2011.

The shows were chosen for the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Buyer Program, which helps facilitate global attendance. More than 50 official international attendee delegations were organized by DOC as well as show industry partners.

More than 95 allied associations and groups were official supporting organizations, coming from the U.S., Canada and 16 other countries worldwide.

Several national industry associations held their annual conventions or high-level board meetings at the shows; they joined hundreds of other industry and company meetings, from large events to smaller committees and other groups, all taking advantage of the shows to meet and share knowledge and learn from one another.

Education and Exhibits

The education program covered 120 sessions over 10 targeted tracks. The IFPE Technical Conference anchored IFPE 2014 education, joined by half-day “college-level courses” and a new Fluid Power Seminar series, from Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine.

The 2014 Show featured a new Demolition & Recycling exhibit pavilion from the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) and the Technology & Construction Solutions pavilion from the Associated General Contractors of America.

IFPE featured exhibit pavilions from the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) and for sensors manufacturers and product suppliers.

Reinforcing the global scope of the shows were eight international exhibit pavilions: CONEXPO-CON/AGG with China, Ireland, Korea, Spain and United Kingdom, and IFPE with China, Italy and Taiwan.

Show safety and education/training events at the shows included:

  • NRMCA International Truck Mixer Driver Championship, from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Lift Safety Zone, from NCCCO National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators and IPAF International Powered Access Federation
  • Crane Operator Rodeo from Maximum Capacity Media

Industry recognition and networking events and programs also amplified the show experience:

  • Innovation Awards program (from Diesel Progress magazine and global powertrain specialist ZF Friedrichshafen)
  • Young Leaders event (from Construction Equipment magazine)
  • Quality of Life industry recognition campaign (from Dexter + Chaney)
  • 5K Run/Walk benefiting the non-profit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (from Maximum Capacity Media)

Night at the Race Track hospitality event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

December! Not Again!

sitekHow many times have you said or thought this or something similar? Too many for me to state… Counting the years is not really important; each is only a milepost along the highway of life; a way of marking progress or lack of; another notch.

Actually it’s more than that. It’s a time filled with our biggest holiday; a time when we stop and look at tomorrow’s possibilities and yesterdays accomplishments and/or failures; it’s a time for celebrating and a time for planning. It’s a time that proves we humans are not very bright. Why would we create a situation of conflict that demands our time, focus and attention to do planning for tomorrow and celebrating?

As the final page of the 2013 calendar turns maybe we’d be better off focusing on the celebration and forgetting the planning. Unfortunately we can’t do that but we certainly can take the time to celebrate the good things in our lives and express appreciation and gratitude for all we have.

2014 will be a year filled with opportunities and challenges. At the beginning of the year we have CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which promises to be an interesting industry show filled with new products, new technologies and new manufacturer/suppliers. There will be several first-time Chinese equipment manufacturers entering the U.S. market that will add a new level of excitement to the show. The exhibitor list is greater than it was in 2011 and attendance is expected to set records.

At the tail end of the year will be the “Mid-term” elections and in between the expiration of the current fuel tax bill and the extended highway bill. What happens with these two pieces of legislation will probably have a great impact on our industry, commerce and the national economy. With a rapidly deteriorating transportation infrastructure it is critical that something positive be done to address this need.

What is the outlook for 2014? Looking at back on 2013 ahead to 2014, in a state of retrospective reflection, the first thought that comes to my mind is a line from an old Harry Belafonte song, Man Piaba, “It was clear as mud but it covered the ground
And the confusion made the brain go ’round.” There has been very little media coverage on these pieces of legislation it’s easy to forget that they come into play very soon. If it weren’t for the associations like AEM, ARTBA, NAPA and others, they would probably fade into oblivion.

There are all the other important issues that are of concern, like healthcare, the national debt, the debt ceiling, etc., etc., etc. but these are getting endless coverage by the mainstream media. We as citizens of this country need to become actively involved in the politics of our country. It’s time for us to stop thinking that our responsibility as a citizen ends when we have cast our votes; that this alone is the needed extent of our involvement.

In 2014 become involved in the issues and politics that will shape this country’s future and the legacy we leave our progeny. Don’t just vote, know who and what you vote for; understand the issues and let you representatives on a local state and federal level know how you expect them to represent you.

On that note, we at ACP wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

NOTE: This editorial appears in the December 2013 issues of all 13 ACP magazines.

ICUEE 2013 New Products & Technologies program increases show ROI
Attendee online ‘show planner’ offers added convenience

169ICUEE 2013 is almost here and is tracking to be one of the best ever: attendees can use the show’s online New Products & Technologies program and show planner to make the most productive use of their time onsite. For added convenience, the planner is available as a free mobile app.

ICUEE 2013 – The Demo Expo will be held October 1-3, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Register online at www.icuee.com.

ICUEE is the gathering place every two years for utility and contractor professionals looking for the latest product innovations and industry knowledge to increase performance and productivity.

The ICUEE 2013 New Products & Technologies program helps attendees quickly find new and innovative products and services on display. Attendees can check out program participants through the online exhibitor directory and visit the specially marked booths on the show floor.
Attendees can organize their onsite visit using the ICUEE 2013 show planner (and exhibitor directory) to assemble a personalized itinerary that can be updated pre-show and onsite.

Show planner features include exhibitor lists and show maps, a demo schedule, new products & technologies listings and education sessions. The show planner/exhibitor directory is searchable by company name, type of product, geographic location, and location on the show floor. With the mobile app, attendees can also locate booths faster when they are on the show floor, and can connect with fellow attendees who have signed in.

An intra-show shuttle runs between the indoor exhibit hall and outdoor exhibit lots to also help attendees save time and focus on the exhibits, demos and education.

“We want attendees to be able to navigate the show as efficiently as possible to take advantage of all it has to offer, and get the most value to meet their specific business needs,” stated Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director.

ICUEE 2013 offers more targeted and diverse industry education than ever before, and more product demonstration opportunities: an indoor demo stage joins the show’s hallmark working-equipment demos. The show floor features exhibit pavilions for fleet management, utility safety, lift safety and sustainable energy products and services.

For more details on ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, visit www.icuee.com.

‘Hands-on’ at ICUEE 2013: Demonstrations and learning opportunities enhance show experience

ICUEE 2013Online Exhibitor Demo Schedule, planning tools help attendees maximize time onsite

Advance registrations for ICUEE 2013 continue to outpace the last two events as the show nears opening day about a month away. Utility and contractor professionals attending ICUEE can expect to experience one of the largest and most comprehensive shows in ICUEE history.

In addition to 25 acres of exhibits of the newest products and technologies, the show will feature jobsite safety demonstrations in addition to its numerous working-equipment demos and a new indoor “demo stage.”

Attendees will also find a more diverse and targeted education schedule than ever before, and several industry certification programs and exams will be offered.

ICUEE 2013 will be held October 1-3, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Utilities and contractors come to ICUEE to see the latest in equipment and products that can improve efficiency and profitability; hands-on demos help attendees better evaluate and compare product capabilities across multiple brands,” stated Sara Truesdale Mooney, ICUEE show director.

“They are also looking to improve their operational proficiency and jobsite safety; ICUEE’s educational and safety-related opportunities help attendees learn about best practices and improve their safety awareness and skills,” Mooney said.

Mooney noted that continued robust education ticket sales underscored the relevancy of topics to industry professionals. Leading industry groups are co-locating education programs and events at the show that focus on specific industry sectors, adding to the information exchange and networking.

Attendees can use the show’s convenient online Exhibitor Demo Schedule to preview what demos they want to check out onsite. (They can use additional show planning tools online to compile a personalized schedule that also includes exhibit booths and education sessions of interest.)

Check Out These Safety and Equipment Demo Opportunities

The new ICUEE indoor demo stage for educational product demonstrations complements the outdoor equipment demos that are a hallmark of the show; it is centrally located on the show floor.

The iP Utility Safety Zone pavilion, from Incident Prevention magazine, gathers together exhibitors with products/services focused on incident prevention and jobsite safety.

The NCCCO Lift Safety Zone pavilion, from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, will spotlight NCCCO certification programs designed specifically for the utility industry. The zone will feature live demos of the programs’ practical CCO examinations, including the new certification for service truck crane operators, as well as certifications for digger derrick and articulating crane operators and riggers (level I and level II).

The Pike Electric High Voltage Simulator will present “live line” demonstrations throughout the show to highlight the dangers of working with high voltage.

The ICUEE Ride & Drive test track expands the show’s hands-on concept to on-road commercial vehicles. Attendees can take to the “open road” to better evaluate trucks, truck engines and components.

ICUEE targets utilities and utility contractors in the following sectors: electric, telecommunications, wastewater, water, natural gas, cable, and rail.

Register online at www.icuee.com and to obtain more information.

New CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 ‘Young Leaders’ event recognizes future industry leaders

ConExpo 728x90Networking program provides added value to emerging executives at industry gathering place

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 will host the inaugural CONEXPO-CON/AGG Young Leaders Event, which will bring together up-and-coming industry leaders to share ideas and build relationships for the future. The event  features a luncheon with keynote speaker.

Contractors, producers, fleet managers, distributors and others involved in the construction industries who are under 40 years old are encouraged to participate; it’s also an ideal opportunity for companies to spotlight their emerging leaders.

The CONEXPO-CON/AGG Young Leaders Event, set for Wednesday, March 5, 2014, provides an opportunity for these future leaders to take a quiet break from the hectic show floor to engage with each other, to learn from seasoned veterans and to expand their industry networks.

“CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the perfect place to recognize the excellence of our next generation; it’s where the industry gathers and where the next generation of new technologies is on display,” stated Megan Tanel, show director.

The event has widespread industry association support and is sponsored by Construction Equipment magazine’s “Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG runs March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

“Our young leaders can also participate in focused education while at the show as well as find the equipment and products that will help them achieve continued success,” Tanel said.

Event details will be posted on the show website: www.conexpoconagg.com.