Commentary: November/December 2010
By Bill Tice
As we approach 2011, show season for the construction and roadbuilding
industries is on the horizon. And with two major events slated for
March, it looks like there will be some exciting new products and
developments hitting show venue floors and work sites this spring.
As we approach 2011, show season for the construction and roadbuilding industries is on the horizon. And with two major events slated for March, it looks like there will be some exciting new products and developments hitting show venue floors and work sites this spring.
The first big event is Canada’s own National Heavy Equipment Show, which promises to fill Toronto’s International Centre to capacity on March 3 and 4. The show’s organizers say they are already at close to a sellout for booth space, and they are anticipating an increase in visitor numbers over the last NHES show in 2009. There will be the usual display of wares – equipment in all sizes, optional add-ons to make your existing equipment more versatile and productive, and of course services to help companies succeed. There will also be some fun events, including the always popular Backhoe Rodeo, where some of the best operators in the country will show their stuff, and “The Gravel Pit,” where new equipment and technology will showcase crushing screening, recycling and hauling techniques. Here at Aggregates & Roadbuilding magazine, we are pleased to sponsor “The Gravel Pit” and we hope to see you there.
Then, from March 22 to 26, Las Vegas will be front and centre as an anticipated 150,000 people converge on CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 to see what’s new, what’s hot and what’s
happening in their areas of the construction industry. Held every three years, the five-day
extravaganza showcases the latest equipment, products, services and technologies, and draws construction professionals from all over the world.
Consuming no less than a dozen different exhibition halls and lots, the show organizers say the 2011 event will have 2,000 exhibitors, so if you are planning on attending, allow plenty of time, wear your most comfortable walking shoes and make your travel plans early.
The interest in both shows is encouraging for us as an industry. As we all know, the last couple of years haven’t been easy, even with stimulus money floating around to help keep construction employment numbers up. Sometimes during difficult financial times, attending shows is looked on as “a luxury” that companies can do without. But as things improve, attending these events can help to fast track the recovery as the enthusiasm that is often generated when large groups of industry professionals get together can be contagious. It’s a great opportunity to network with peers, suppliers and both existing and prospective customers, and to see what has transpired over the last couple of years in terms of new technology that might improve the bottom line.
Check out page 24 of this issue of Aggregates & Roadbuilding for a preview of the Toronto show, and see our website (www.rocktoroad.com) for updated information and more as the show gets closer. In the new year, watch for the January/February issue for a preview of the Las Vegas event. We here at the magazine are looking forward to both shows and we hope you are too.