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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

JCB Appoints New North American Chief As Patterson Retires

JCB’s John Patterson CBE, who rose through the ranks from field service engineer to Group Chief Executive, has retired after 43 years’ service.

JCB’s John Patterson CBE, who rose through the ranks from field service engineer to Group Chief Executive, has retired after 43 years’ service.

JCB’s John Patterson CBE, who rose through the ranks from field service engineer to Group Chief Executive, has retired after 43 years’ service.  His retirement sees Arjun Mirdha take up the position of President and CEO of JCB in North America, where John Patterson has led operations since 2008 as Chairman and CEO.

John Patterson joined JCB in 1971 and went on to work in Canada and America before returning to the UK in 1988 as Managing Director of JCB Service. In 1993, John, was appointed Managing Director of JCB Sales before becoming Group CEO – only the third person in JCB’s history to hold the position.

He went on to become the company’s second longest serving CEO, and in his 10 years in the role, sales broke the $1.56 billion mark for the first time, eventually reaching more than $3.13 billion by the time he stood down in 2008. He then became Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc. based in North America.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “During John’s time as Chief Executive, JCB achieved unprecedented sales growth and led the company’s transformation into a truly global company. I thank John for his contribution over the past 43 years and am delighted he will remain a Director of the JCB Group and Chairman of the Board of the JCB USA companies.”

Under John Patterson’s leadership as Group CEO, JCB opened facilities in Savannah, GA; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India and Shanghai, China.  In 2010 he oversaw a $40 million investment in a new range of skid steer and compact track loaders which went into production at JCB’s North American HQ in Savannah.

John Patterson said: “I am proof that that there are no boundaries to career development at JCB and I have had an incredible time over the past 43 years. I am proud to have been part of a team which has seen JCB become the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer and achieve market leadership for many of its products.

“JCB has made excellent progress in North America in recent years but there are many more opportunities to be seized and I wish Arjun Mirdha well as he leads the team as President and CEO of JCB in North America.”

Arjun Mirdha took up his new role from 1st January 2014, reporting directly to Graeme Macdonald, JCB Group Chief Executive.

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.

New Cat MP318 & MP324 Multi-Processors

Caterpillar Work Tools, a leading provider of wheel loader and excavator attachments, is introducing a new generation of Multi-Processors for Cat® hydraulic excavators. Caterpillar’s Multi-Processor MP318 and MP324 can handle virtually any demolition job simply by using the basic housing and a choice of up to six available jaw sets. Other models will be added to the standard offering at a later stage.

Features and benefits

The new Multi-Processor builds on the success of its predecessor. It features compact weight-to-power ratio, with incredibly strong cutting and crushing capability. The housing’s strong rotator provides a continuous 360° rotation that allows you to carry out the demolition job quickly and precisely from any angle. The new Multi-Processor will cement its position as the class leading, and most versatile demolition tool.

Cat MPEasy and simplified jaw exchange

Each Multi-Processor can be equipped with a wide selection of interchangeable jaws;

Concrete Cutter (CC), Demolition (D), Pulverizer (P), Shear (S), Universal (U), and Tank Shear (TS). With one common housing and properly selected sets of jaws a contractor can achieve exceptional flexibility with minimum investment, and accomplish most tasks encountered on a demolition job. The various jaws can be quickly installed or changed, thanks to a new patent pending jaw locking system. Instead of taking about 45 minutes to change the jaws with the previous series, it now only takes 10 minutes. And all you need are some basic tools.

Easy maintenance

Maintenance has been made easier too. The new jaws use bolt-on and pin on wear material eliminating almost all need to weld the jaws. Keeping a jaw set in good repair has never been easier, and can be done on-site in a matter of hours. Protection for hydraulic components and hoses has been increased, and an improved motor guard gives greater motor protection. Also the access to the cylinder has been made easier and the cylinder rod protection has been optimized. Further the number of greasing points has been reduced so servicing becomes easy. Daily maintenance requires only greasing, checking wear, and replace any worn parts.

The Multi-Processors are fully supported by Cat dealers so that customers can order parts and service for machines and work tools from a single source. Every Cat work tool is supported with a comprehensive range of pre- and after-sales services that include: advice on work tool selection, operator training, equipment management, and a range of financial and insurance solutions.

To view NEW JAW Sets, click here 

Terex and Hertz are kicking off new relationship with “Tow-and-Show” special customer events

TerexTerex Construction and Hertz Equipment Rental are celebrating a new relationship, in which Hertz will be renting Terex compact track loaders, skid steerUnknown

loaders and mini excavators to its customers. Terex and Hertz are kicking off the relationship with a few “Tow-and-Show” special customer events

 

Multiple Terex/Hertz “Tow-and-Show” events are scheduled in these select markets:

  • Thursday, November 14 at Hertz in Atlanta, Georgi
  • Tuesday, November 19 at Hertz in Deer Park, Texas
  • Wednesday, November 20 at Hertz in Dallas, Texas
  • Thursday, November 21 at Hertz in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tuesday, December 3 at Hertz in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Thursday, December 5 at Hertz in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Thursday, December 5 at Hertz in Seattle, Washington
  • Tuesday, December 10 at Hertz in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Thursday, December 12 at Hertz in Tampa, Florida
  • Tuesday, December 17 at Hertz in Williston, North Dakota
  • Wednesday, December 18 at Hertz in Buffalo, New York

Terex product specialists and representatives will conduct machine training/walk-arounds with Hertz personnel from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Training sessions will be followed by an open house event to introduce the Terex equipment to Hertz Equipment Rental customers

If interested in  attending Aron Sweeney with Terex Construction at aron.sweeney@terex.com or 662-393-1326 to get the full details.