Concrete Products

MAR 2014

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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32 • March 2014 FEATURE SHOW REPORT After a second consecutive year where con- crete, cement and aggregate interests saw modest shipment gains—while overall con- struction industry increases in 2013 reached the 7-8 percent range—producers are posi- tioned to act on plant and fleet equipment investment carrying them through the growth projected for the remainder of the decade. Concrete producers attending ConEx- po-Con/Agg 2014, March 4-8 at the Las Ve- gas Convention Center, will note compressed natural gas-powered front and rear dis- charge mixer trucks; new mixer- and dump- ready Kenworth and Peterbilt models; mobile device-geared feet tracking and manage- ment technologies; and, new plant offerings ranging from portable roller compacted mix or small capacity, transit mixed models—to name a few of the innovations in store, par- ticularly in the South Hall. Association of Equipment Manufacturers bills the show as an immense unveiling of all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthroughs for the concrete, aggregate and construction interests. From earthshaking big iron to groundbreaking in- novations, it's all assembled in one place to help attendees work smarter. ConExpo-Con/ Agg 2014 will cover a record-breaking ex- hibit expanse exceeding 2.3 million net sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor booths, while the co-located IFPE 2014—targeting the fuid power/power transmission/motion control industries—marks a record 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 pro- grams and events geared toward helping attendees and exhibitors achieve the most value out of their time at the shows. "At- tendees will fnd 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," says Megan Tanel, ConExpo-Con/Agg show director and AEM vice president, Exhibitions and Events. "Attendees will also fnd the focused in- dustry education, with the latest techniques and information, they need to run their businesses most effciently. The opportunity to share experiences and ideas with industry peers adds another dimension to the show experience," adds Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director and AEM senior director, Ex- hibitions. ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 organizers proj- ect: a) 2,400-plus exhibitors showcasing new products and technologies for every major construction segment, including concrete, aggregates, asphalt, earthmoving, lifting, mining, and utilities; b) more than 130,000 attendees that range from contractors, to dealers and distributors, to service provid- BUYING TIME INDUSTRY HEADS TO LAS VEGAS FOR SEVENTH CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG PHOTO: Oscar Einzing for AEM Concrete Products March 2014.indd 32 2/17/2014 1:53:29 PM

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