The Conexpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 co-located trade shows in Las Vegas March 4-8 attracted the second-highest attendance in the shows’ histories. The total of 129,364 registered attendees soared past the shows’ last edition. The shows also set new records for exhibit space, number of exhibitors, and education tickets sold. Held at the Las Vegas, NV, Convention Center, the two exhibitions delivered a global showcase of the newest product innovations and technologies for the construction, construction materials, and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries.
More than 1,000 new products and services were on display. Attendees also took advantage of the shows’ industry education programs and the chance 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,” said Megan Tanel, Conexpo-Con/Agg show director.
International registrations totaled more than 31,000, an increase of 9% from the 2011 edition. Countries represented this year rose to 170, compared to 159 in 2011, and the number of international attendees matched the record 24% set in 2011. International attendees came largely from Latin America, China, Canada, and Europe.
More than 75% of show visitors were in managerial roles (with 36% of them having 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 filled more than 2.35 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space and drew more than 2,000 exhibitors; IFPE had more than 161,000 net sq. ft. and 400 exhibitors.
A record 41,000 tickets to the show’s educational programs were sold.
“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,” said Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director.
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.
Reinforcing the global scope of the shows were international exhibit pavilions from China, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Source: Crane and Rigging Hot Line