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CONEXPO attendance rate soars despite early closure


CONEXPO-CON/AGG celebrated a record-breaking 2020 show in Las Vegas with high attendance numbers – despite shutting a day early.

CONEXPO’s 2020 show attracted more than 130,000 registered attendees to its Las Vegas show, scheduled from 10 to 14 March, after losing a day due to coronavirus concerns.

The show gave more than 2300 exhibitors a chance to show off their latest and greatest machines and technology for the construction and aggregates industries.

Less than one per cent of international attendees cancelled, despite global fears over the coronavirus.

Conexpo will return in 2023.

According to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 show chairperson Mary Erholtz, the expo had one of its best years to date, in spite of its early closure. “This has been one of the best editions of CONEXPOPCON/AGG – ever,” Erholtz said.

“We refer to CONEXPO-CON/AGG as the ‘heavy metal’ show, but it’s more than that. It’s also small equipment, education and technology. And this was reflected in every way this week.”

Overall contractor and producer attendance increased by 14 per cent, compared to the 2017 show. Attendees bought a further 75,622 tickets for the show’s education sessions, marking a 46 per cent increase from the previous show.

“Tuesday [10 March] for us was record-breaking in terms of sales leads and attendance at our booth, which is how we measure how successful the show is for us,” said Doosan Bobcat president Mike Ballweber.

With the show attracting a flurry of buyers, it is estimated six out of every seven CONEXPO attendees served in a decision-making or purchasing role.

CONEXPO also featured partnership in women in construction groups to highlight the industry’s growing diversity, which included unveiling the world’s largest 3-D statue to commemorate the role women have in the construction industry.

CONEXPO runs every three years. The next show is scheduled for 14 to 18 March, 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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