CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE Off To Record-Breaking Start

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Attendees, exhibitors expected to flock to Las Vegas Convention Center for triennial events highlighting product innovations and expert industry educational programs
Individuals and organizations from all around the globe will descend on Las Vegas next month to connect with leading U.S. and global manufacturers and service provider, take advantage of expert learning opportunities, and network with industry peers from around the world

The co-located CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE expositions will be held March 4-8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The expositions are the global gathering place every three years for the construction, building materials, and fluid power/motion control industries.

More than 95 allied associations and groups are official show-supporting organizations; hundreds of industry meetings and conventions will be held at the shows; and key countries for industry business are hosting international exhibit pavilions.

The official 2014 show-supporting organizations come from the U.S., Canada, and 16 other countries worldwide. These organizations promote the value of the shows, draw qualified buyer groups to the events, and help develop direction and content of the shows’ education programs.

Besides the U.S. and Canada, these groups represent Africa, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

Exhibitor Reservations Break Records
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 covers a record-breaking 2.3 million net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits; IFPE 2014 has also achieved record status with 165,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Show management stresses that quality, not size, is the goal. A strategic alignment with needs of the industry has led to programs and events geared toward helping attendees and exhibitors achieve the most value out of their time at the shows.

“Attendees will find the newest products and technologies and technical experts ready to discuss product features and applications. In the space of a few days, in one place, visitors can examine and compare the best of what our industries have to offer,” stated Megan Tanel, CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director and AEM vice president exhibitions and events.

“Attendees will also find the focused industry education, with the latest techniques and information, they need to run their businesses most efficiently. The opportunity to share experiences and ideas with industry peers adds another dimension to the show experience,” stated Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director and AEM senior director exhibitions.

Exhibit Pavilions
On the show floor, a new Demolition & Recycling exhibit pavilion will showcase exhibits and products specific to C&D recyclers and demolition contractors.

AGC, the Associated General Contractors of America, brings back its Technology & Construction Solutions pavilion for contractor software providers, finance and leasing companies, insurance providers, and related suppliers of contractor business solutions.

IFPE 2014 features exhibit pavilions from PTDA, the Power Transmission Distributors Association, and for sensors manufacturers and product suppliers.

International exhibit pavilions at both shows reinforce the global scope of the events and offer attendees access to a wider range of companies and product options. To date, the shows have eight official country pavilions: IFPE with China, Italy, and Taiwan; CONEXPO-CON/AGG with China, Germany, Ireland, Korea and United Kingdom.

Education Programs Expand Knowledge
Comprehensive education programs at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 will help attendees conveniently sharpen their professional skills and improve their businesses’ efficiency and productivity, all vital to stay competitive in the marketplace.

The shows’ education program offers 120 sessions across 10 tracks to target the full range of attendee interests, including equipment management and maintenance, safety and regulations, recycling and preservation, earthmoving & site development, business management best practices, and workforce development, plus aggregates, asphalt, concrete, and cranes & rigging.

A new education ticket plan allows more flexibility for attendees to choose sessions onsite.
Allied industry groups will also offer training and certification programs in conjunction with the shows.

IFPE 2014 education provides both application-based and research-driven sessions, targeted to several levels of expertise and interest, with the latest information crucial for engineers and others involved in the design and manufacturing processes. Check the education section of the show website for more details.

The IFPE Technical Conference features the latest research developments in the fluid power industry. The emphasis is new technologies and methods related to improved analysis, design, manufacture, and performance of fluid power components and systems for mobile and industrial markets.

IFPE “College-Level Courses” are half-day sessions focused on hands-on technical knowledge on fluid power and hydraulics, with four to be offered: overview of fluid power systems, sizing a hydrostatic transmission using calculations, condition monitoring of hydraulic fluids, and design of hybrid systems.

Mobile App & Planner Make it Easier to Navigate Shows
The show planner—and mobile app—help attendees more easily get around the shows. Attendees can search show maps and exhibitor lists by hall/lot location, booth number, company name, and type of product. They can assemble their personalized daily schedule of booth visits and education, and edit it pre-show and onsite. The mobile app will be continually updated with exhibitor and event information and an up-to-the-minute Twitter feed.

Getting Around at the Shows: It’s Easier in 2014!
It will be easier than ever to get around at the shows, so attendees spend less time searching and more time connecting with the companies and products they want to see.

A new show footprint consolidates outdoor exhibit space into three large areas (a new Platinum lot joins Gold and Silver) to create better attendee flow between outdoor and indoor (including IFPE) exhibits. Wayfinding upgrades include an enhanced internal shuttle system, better-defined product concentration areas, and knowledgeable onsite guides to answer questions and help attendees navigate the show floor.

“The goal, as with all our planning, is to create the most ROI for attendees and exhibitors, and these moves will definitely make a positive difference for 2014,” Tanel noted.

Visit the show websites for the complete information: www.conexpoconagg.com and www.ifpe.com.