According to show management, the 2009 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo, now being held (March 9-12) in Orlando, FL is an overwhelming success even in tough economic times.
- More than 5,500 registered attendees for the co-located shows by close of second day, March 10
- 400 exhibitors spanning 85,900 net square feet of exhibit space at the shows to exhibit their latest technology and products (including a record number of exhibitors – up 10 percent for World of Asphalt)
- Nearly 5,700 tickets sold for the education programs being held with the shows
The show ends today and will again co-locate February 15-18, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Exhibit space sales are already underway and going well.
The combination of asphalt and aggregates was a natural fit, noted show organizers, with the industry partnership benefiting both events. The 2009 World of Asphalt, which is geared toward asphalt, highway maintenance and traffic safety industry professionals from small to large contractors, materials producers, state and agency specifiers, maintenance companies, manufacturers and service providers, experienced increased traffic, compared to the last show, with about 3,650 industry professionals in 2007. And, it was a great start for the inaugural AGG1.
â€śThe convenience and cost savings of one industry gathering place for the year made more sense than ever in this down economy, for all participants, noted show director Sara Truesdale Mooney.
â€śThe mood on the show floor was cautious, yet positive,â€ť she stated. â€śWe know this is a difficult economic environment, but our attendees are looking ahead and preparing for the future. They knew theyâ€™d find the education, networking and products they need to succeed through this year and beyond to an upturn.â€ť
World of Asphalt 2009 had a record number of exhibitors â€“ 246 taking 58,700 net square feet of exhibit space. The inaugural AGG1 show exceeded expectations with more than 154 exhibitors taking 27,200 net square feet of exhibit space. Thatâ€™s a total of 400 exhibitors and 85,900 net square feet of exhibits.
â€śThese have certainly been turbulent times, but the numbers attest to the continued industry support for and confidence in the World of Asphalt and the new AGG1,” Mooney stated.
World of Asphalt is owned by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). AEM is show producer.