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The future of construction on display

LiuGong’s green 856H electric wheel loader on display at CONEXPO/CON-AGG

CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitors set new show records.

After five jam-packed days of innovative product launches, major company announcements, enlightening education sessions and countless networking opportunities, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2023 came to a close in Las Vegas – but not before taking the construction industry to the next level.

The expo hosted more than 24,000 international visitors from 133 countries.

A huge turnout

The show crushed expected attendance numbers, drawing more than 139,000 construction and fluid-power professionals from 133 countries, making it the largest trade show in North America with more than 2400 exhibitors from 36 countries spread out over almost 280,000 square metres of exhibition space.

“The innovations in the construction industry unveiled this week will play a role in helping construction professionals drive meaningful and sustainable economic growth,” said Phil Kelliher, Caterpillar senior vice president and CONEXPO-CON/AGG show chair. “Live events in the construction industry are very important because you can see, touch, and experience the products. That value was reaffirmed this past week across the show floor.”

The 2023 show emphasised how the construction industry is evolving in many ways to adapt to sustainable technologies, products, and practices. Show attendees were treated to sustainability in action, from electric- and hydrogen-powered construction equipment to more recyclable materials and waste-reduction opportunities.

Volvo Construction Equipment showed of its HX04 prototype hydrogen articulated hauler.

Sustainable tech displayed

Across the show floor, sustainable technologies, products and practices included Volvo Construction Equipment with several electric and autonomous pieces, including its EC230 electric excavator pilot, Zeux autonomous concept wheel loader, and HX04 prototype hydrogen articulated hauler.

Caterpillar® featured four battery electric machines, as well as a series of prototype batteries for off-road equipment ranging from 48-600 volts. Additionally, a Cat® Command display provided attendees with a look at the possibilities of remote operation.

Electric machinery was also an area of focus for LiuGong, which was proudly displaying its 856H electric wheel loader, as well as a 9027FE electric mini excavator.

In addition, attendees found:

  •  Aerial work-platform specialist Skyjack had its new SJ120 E on hand, a zero-emissions mast lift with a 30-per-cent improvement in duty cycle
  •  Asphalt-recycling equipment from Pavement Recyclers LLC and VSS Macropaver, who use different processes to keeping asphalt out of landfills. Concrete contractors also got in on the green trend when they checked out Holcim’s ECOPact concrete that can eliminate carbon emissions entirely in some instances. Holcim was also the winner of the inaugural Contractors’ Choice for the Next Level Awards
  •  Construction pros wanting to maximise energy efficiency explored Kubota’s V3307 Micro-Hybrid engine for installation in their existing equipment, saving fuel with attachments like Rototilt’s Rototilt Control system
  •  Contractors in disaster recovery will be able to save up to 600 sand bags per barrier (and not worrying about disposal should it become contaminated) with Rapid Barrier Systems’ water-inflatable barriers
  •  Demolition contractors will also be reducing waste and preserving still-usable material with Aquajet’s Hydrodemolition robots, seen at the Brokk booth, that can help remove damaged concrete while leaving still-good concrete and rebar reinforcement intact
  •  Wacker Neuson showed compaction is another place where low-efficiency engines can be replaced with battery-operated equipment, showcasing several electric tools, including battery-powered, reversible plates
  •  Small-engine specialists Briggs & Stratton brought its Vanguard brand’s swappable lithium-ion batteries for attendees to test out, and Redline Detection showcased its battery coolant and leak detector
  •  B3C Fuel Solutions brought products to help contractors eliminate waste by restoring emulsified/damaged oil, and make sure lubricant that does find its way to the environment is non-toxic and biodegradable
  •  Waste2Water brought solutions to help equipment operators keep waste and chemical-laden water out of the environment
  •  AT&T’s Equipment and Machinery Solutions team brought a solution to help track its actual Scope 1 emissions versus its targets.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG featured 2400 exhibitors spread out over almost 280,000 square meters of exhibition space.

The Arbor Day Foundation partnership

One of the biggest sustainability efforts on the part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG is a partnership between the show and the Arbor Day Foundation which will see more than 139,000 trees planted – one for every show registrant – in a forest of greatest need. Additionally, exhibitors, attendees, and fans of the show can contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s funds, allowing it to further the goal of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees around the globe.

Educational opportunities

CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE also featured a wide range of educational opportunities, including 190 expert-led sessions on topics such as construction safety, equipment technology, and sustainable building practices.

“The success of CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2023 is a testament to the resilience and strength of the construction and fluid-power industries, which has continued to adapt and innovate despite the challenges of the past three years,” said Marcia Klein, Treasurer of Casappa Corp, and show chair of IFPE. “We’re proud to have provided a platform for industry professionals from around the world to connect, learn, and discover new solutions for improving their businesses and the world we build.”

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE will be held March 3-7, 2026, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, USA.

The Cat® Command display allowed attendees to try their hand at remote operation.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2023 by the numbers

  •  Over three-million net square feet of exhibits (10.5 per cent larger than 2020)
  •  More than 139,000 registered attendees (six per cent increase over 2020)
  •  More than 2400 exhibitors from 36 countries, including 603 new-to-the-show exhibitors
  •  More than 24,000 international registered attendees from 133 countries
  •  91,000 scans of badges to access the 190 education sessions
  •  600 global media from 33 countries.

Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The show features the latest equipment, products, services, and technologies for the construction industry, as well as industry-leading education. CONEXPO-CON/AGG is owned in partnership with NRMCA, NSSGA, and AEM and managed by AEM. For more information, visit: www.conexpoconagg.com

 

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