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Australians are naturally attracted to a party atmosphere – and no city embodies that more than Las Vegas, Nevada.
Australians are naturally attracted to a party atmosphere – and no city embodies that more than Las Vegas, Nevada.
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ConExpo/Con-Agg 2014: A Pictorial Odyssey

Every three years, Australians make the journey to the construction materials “Mecca” ConExpo/Con-Agg in Las Vegas, the City of Light. Jim Hankins provides a brief summary and pictorial highlights of one of the globe’s largest construction materials trade shows.
The ConExpo/Con-Agg IFPE exhibition is the largest trade show in America for the construction, construction materials and fluid power industries and behind Bauma, the second biggest trade show in the world. 

The event is so large now that only Orlando, Florida or Las Vegas, Nevada can accommodate it because of the exhibition space required, as well as sufficient accommodation. Ultimately, the event has made its home at the Las Vegas Convention Center every three years.

ConExpo and Con-Agg joined and began to hold combined shows in the mid-1990s.  Later the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) “co-located” with ConExpo/Con-Agg.

This year, ConExpo/Con-Agg and IFPE was held from 4 to 8 March inclusive and accommodated over 2000 exhibitors across 2.35 million net square feet of exhibition space - or more than 218,000m2.  IFPE covered 161,000 square feet with 400 exhibitors (14,950m2).

In all, the event attracted nearly 130,000 attendees from 170 countries. This was the second largest attendance ever and set a record for the number of countries represented. 

This year’s ConExpo/Con-Agg attracted nearly 130,000 attendees from 170 countries.
This year’s ConExpo/Con-Agg attracted nearly 130,000 attendees from 170 countries.
There were a total of 31,000 international registrations and there were eight international exhibit pavilions from China (which had two), Ireland, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and Taiwan. Nearly 100 allied associations and groups were official supporting organisations, coming from the US, Canada and 16 other countries.

There were also 41,000 registrations to the show’s 120 education sessions with 10 main themes encompassing aggregates, asphalt, concrete, earthmoving and site development, recycling and preservation, safety and regulations, workforce development, equipment management and maintenance, and cranes and rigging.

The image gallery shows some of the range of exhibitors and equipment, including Australian industry suppliers, with the odd Australian attendee and/or exhibitor. The photos on display represent a small portion of the overall show, they should not be considered representative of the entire exhibition. 

Nothing can better convey the endless array of exhibitions, the queues for the food concessions at lunch time, nor the kilometres covered if you “walk the floor”.

“What happens in Vegas …” is one of the better known tourism marketing campaigns the world has seen.  

Started over 10 years ago, the phrase has spawned movies and songs, it has been quoted endlessly and it apparently “rings true” with a wide range of tourists. Needless to say, any visit to “Sin City”, as it is also known, is going to have a diversity of tall tales that may only be occasionally true. 

Australians are naturally attracted to a party atmosphere.  It would be a surprise if there wasn’t something to “report” when the Aussies return home!

Needless to say, to the best of this writer’s knowledge, there were no “Mike Tyson’s tiger” incidents, no unplanned weddings or other Hangover movie-style incidents.  

There may have been the odd night of overindulgence.  While there are innumerable “ladies of the night”, no unpleasant incidents arose as a result of them.

Hard working people were seen to “relax” in the evening, after long days of networking on the floor. It may have now become a cliché but what did happen in Vegas will stay there!

Jim Hankins
Managing Director • Rivergum Industries

Jim Hankins is the Managing Director of Rivergum Industries, and holds a degree in Mining Engineering. Jim is the Chairman for the Institute of Quarrying Australia – NSW Branch.
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