Strong attendance and high interest
By Adam FreillConcrete Construction
January’s World of Concrete show had throngs of attendees providing an energy not seen since before the pandemic.
Concrete professionals kicked the year off with a highly attended World of Concrete show, the world’s largest trade show for the concrete and masonry sectors. This 49th edition of the annual event, held once again in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), put a focus on product innovations, new technologies and technical discussions.
Registrations for this year’s show, which was presented by Informa Markets, topped 48,000, generating heavy foot traffic on the show floor as trades professionals from more than 120 countries were in attendance.
“The 2023 edition of World of Concrete far exceeded our expectations. The crowded show floor and packed educational sessions proves how essential meeting face to face is, that it remains important now more than ever to have a space to connect, to learn, to share across the concrete, masonry and construction industries as a vital contributor to our economy,” stated Jackie James, vice-president of the show. “In-person attendance is on its way back to pre-pandemic levels and the World of Concrete event leads global trends in construction.”
Notable highlights from the indoor and outdoor product displays, demonstrations and competitions included the first ever mobile 3-D robotic concrete printer and AI site map printer, top-of-the-line work trucks with electric batteries and aerodynamic improvements, and a massive range of original manufactured equipment from excavators to wireless concrete sensors. Also generating some significant interest was the display of modern materials like eco-driven autoclaved aerated concrete.
At this year’s edition of the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500, Michael Schlund and his tender Arron Kowalski laid 759 bricks in one hour to take the title of World’s Best Bricklayer. Schlund walked away with a new Ford F250 4×4 Super Duty truck, an Essick Pro12 Mixer, and more than $15,000 in cash and prizes for his efforts.
This year, World of Concrete also offered more than 160 technical sessions, including hands-on training, safety expertise and business development. Noted new additions to the 2023 education program were eight concrete basics and leadership courses presented in Spanish, a revamped three-hour comprehensive concrete repair track, and new workshops focusing specifically on women in construction.
“World of Concrete is proud to support laborers in education and connection providing opportunity to advance the industry toward enhanced sustainability, efficiency and safety, and continuing growth,” stated Kevin Thornton, senior vice-president of construction at Informa Markets.
World of Concrete will return to Las Vegas in 2024 for its 50th anniversary show. The event is slated for January 23 to 25 with education sessions kicking off on January 22.