Concrete Products

APR 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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18 • April 2014 ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage last month in Las Vegas with what organizers dub "tremendous energy and serious buy- ers." Registration was just shy of 130,000, second only to the events' 2005 staging, while new scale records were set with 2,400 exhibitors occupying 2.5 million sq. ft of indoor and outdoor space. "These numbers are a testament to the value attendees, exhibi- tors, and other stakeholders derive from their participation," affirms IFPE Show Director Melissa Magestro. "ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 reflected the feeling of momentum building in the industry." Enthusiasm and show floor traffic were incredible, adds ConEx- po-Con/Agg Show Director Megan Tanel, noting, "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." Co-located for the sixth time, ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE trans- formed the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 4-8 into a glob- al showcase of 1,000-plus new innovations and technologies for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power trans- mission/motion control industries. Specific to ready mixed and pre- cast concrete production, handling and delivery, Concrete Products staff especially noted these innovations, many to be featured next month: BASF Admixture Systems air entrainment alternative. Through a microsphere-based agent manufactured at the batch plant, BASF Admixture Systems is positioning producers and their custom- ers to overcome void size and distribution variability long associated with air-entrained concrete mixes. Caterpillar CT681 Vocational Truck. The manufacturer has add- ed to its Class 8 heavy-duty work truck line the CT681, a mixer- and dump-ready, set-forward axle model joining the charter CT660, with set-back axle. CEI Enterprises batch plants. The Albuquerque-based subsidiary of Astec Industries recently assimilated the namesake-branded line of continuous concrete production equipment, aiming to build out a sta- tionary and mobile batch plant line over the next three years. First up is a batch mixer for roller compacted concrete mix and cement-treat- ed base materials, debuting this spring. Command Alkon MOBILEconnect. Company continues MOBILEt- icket, commerce and sales application rollout following the fall 2013 announcement of the suite for smartphones and other mobile com- puting devices. Also highlighted was the Precision Water System, NEWS SCOPE EVENTS Industry exhibits positive pulse across Las Vegas acreage PHOTOS: Concrete Products Concrete Products April 2014.indd 18 4/1/2014 11:38:43 AM

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