World of Concrete: Face-to-face interaction roars back

Although subdued compared to its normal January volume of booths, exhibit space and attendees, World of Concrete concluded three upbeat days last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center—likely the North American construction industry’s largest 2021 gathering, as well as a strong affirmation of interest in live, business-to-business functions.

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Trucks debut, portable plants rise, filters press in Las Vegas

Sources: CP staff; Informa Exhibitions U.S., Irving, Texas

Three years of respectable concrete output gains backed the strong attendance and exhibitor participation levels at World of Concrete 2015, February 2-6 in Las Vegas. Early on day one of exhibits, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan confirmed market trends fueling the positive mood across the Las Vegas Convention Center: 2014 cement shipment reports are trending an 8 percent increase over 2013 figures, he noted, and the industry is likely to match that pace in 2015 and 2016.

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caterpillar inc. CT681 vocational truck

Major truck and component manufacturers arrived at this year’s ConExpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, and Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, with new models or existing equipment upgrades—all bearing steel, aluminum, rubber or technology touches ready to lower ready mixed and concrete product delivery costs.

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2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG PHOTO: Oscar Einzing for AEM

After a second consecutive year where concrete, cement and aggregate interests saw modest shipment gains—while overall construction industry increases in 2013 reached the 7-8 percent range—producers are positioned to act on plant and fleet equipment investment carrying them through the growth projected for the remainder of the decade.

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