Multiple construction and construction materials industry segments converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Festival Grounds this week, coming together at ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE to unveil new technologies and products, share knowledge, network with industry peers and buy equipment.
Here are key metrics that reflect ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2020, according to the show:
• Total registered attendance exceeded 130,000 for the week.
• U.S. buyer attendance increased 8 percent from the 2017 show, and total buyer attendance improved by almost 5 percent.
• Overall contractor and producer attendance grew by 14 percent.
• Six in seven attendees serve in a decision-making role.
• Attendees purchased a record-breaking 75,622 tickets for education sessions at the show, a 46 percent increase from the 2017 show.
Of course, a number of the top aggregate-producing companies either fully eliminated or significantly scaled down there presence at ConExpo-Con/Agg due to concerns related to the coronavirus. The show, however, still covered a record 2.7 million-plus net sq. ft. of exhibits and featured 2,300-plus exhibitors, according to show management.
“We refer to ConExpo-Con/Agg as the ‘heavy metal’ show, but it’s more than that,” says Mary Erholtz, vice president of marketing at Superior Industries and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 show chairperson. “It’s also small equipment, education and technology. And that was reflected in every way this week.
“This has been one of the best editions of ConExpo-Con/Agg – ever,” Erholtz adds.
With growing concerns about the coronavirus, show management worked closely with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and the Southern Nevada Health District to make sure exhibitors, vendors and attendees were provided with heightened cleaning services and hand sanitizers to help reduce the spread of germs and enable show participation to stay healthy onsite at the show.
ConExpo-Con/Agg closed one day early, at 5 p.m. Friday. It was slated to end Saturday at 3 p.m.
“We have been pleased with the success of the overall show and attendance in our booth,” says Ingo Schiller, president and CEO of Tadano America Corp. “The management team at ConExpo-Con/Agg has been monitoring the situation and they made a very difficult decision to close the show a day early. We appreciate their leadership and we look forward to ConExpo-Con/Agg 2023.”