World of Concrete 2020: Strong attendance, 250-plus new exhibitors

Sources: Informa Exhibitions, Irving, Texas; CP staff

The 45th World of Concrete wrapped up earlier this month with attendance of approximately 54,000 registered professionals and 1,310 companies exhibiting across 700,000-plus net square feet of indoor and outdoor Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) space. Exhibitors included 255 companies new to the show, while international presence was marked with 237 companies from 29 countries outside the United States. 

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CIM Auction reaches another seven-digit record in gross proceeds

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee

The Concrete Industry Management program auction, staged amid World of Concrete 2020 day two activities at the Las Vegas Convention Center, grossed more than $1.2 million from bidding on a Mack Granite-mounted McNeilus Bridgemaster mixer, Somero S-485 laser screed, Shumaker Load and Go truck wash system, Mahindra Automotive 2020 Roxor off road vehicle, and a host of smaller ticket product, material, equipment, and entertainment, sports or travel package offerings. 

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Ernst, Gage, Lauren define ‘Advanced Concrete Plants’ at WOC session

Source: CP staff

Ernst Enterprises, Gage Brothers Concrete Products and Lauren Concrete representatives will present their new Georgia, South Dakota and Texas facilities in “Advanced Concrete Plants – Raising the Bar,” a February 3 education session at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Scheduled the day prior to the opening of World of Concrete exhibits, the program will offer perspective on design and permitting challenges behind Ernst Concrete’s wet/dry alley College Park Plant, Gage Brothers’ new Sioux Falls precast/prestressed flagship and Lauren Concrete’s Dripping Springs transit mixed satellite.

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CIM Committee calls for 2020 Auction donations

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee; CP staff

National Steering Committee members are building the pool of equipment, material, service, and entertainment, sports or travel package donations for the 2020 Concrete Industry Management Auction, February 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event times with World of Concrete day two and will have silent and live auction bidding at respective times of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in a North Hall meeting room.  

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Bidders raise CIM Auction proceeds to new seven-figure watermark

Sources: Concrete Industry Management program patrons; CP staff

The National Steering Committee for the Concrete Industry Management program cites $1.2 million in gross revenue for its 12th annual auction, staged during World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas. “[It’s] our best ever … a tremendous success, both in terms of the value of donated items and number of attendees,” says CIM Auction Committee Chairman Mike Philipps (Sandler Training).

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Sakrete enters professional aisle with higher psi, faster-setting mixes

Sources: Sakrete, Atlanta; CP staff

Sakrete arrived at World of Concrete 2019 poised for launch of its Pro-Mix series, formulated and packaged with an eye to construction supply house channels and department of transportation projects. Distribution of the professional grade mixes is scheduled for the first quarter, beginning in the Southeast. Four products chartering the Pro-Mix program are: 

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Concrete highway pavement volume approaches 60 million sq. yd.

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

ACPA sees 2019 concrete highway pavement volume rising to 56.2 million sq. yd., up 7 percent from 2018 and representing the largest such watermark since 2012. “Looking back at the past two years, 2017 was challenging for paving volume, but 2018 projected volumes indicate a strong rebound,” ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt observed at a World of Concrete 2019 briefing. 

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Laser scan data crunching speeds slab flatness/levelness measurements

Sources: ClearEdge3D Inc., Manassas, Va.; CP staff

Software unveiled at World of Concrete 2019 generates floor flatness and levelness figures from laser scan data, and visualizes wet or hardening concrete slabs’ high or low areas with elevation or deviation heatmaps, contours and grids. The new Rithm for Autodesk Navisworks version promptly delivers analysis reports compliant with ASTM E1155, Standard Test Method for Determining FF Floor Flatness and FL Floor Levelness Numbers. In contrast to the multiple-day process typical of current FF/FL measurement practice, developers cite the program’s capacity to reveal E1155 numbers in under 15 minutes.  

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NASA 3D-Printed Challenge ignites World of Concrete Start-Up Zone

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC) is the lead sponsor of the Concrete Start-Up Zone, debuting at World of Concrete 2019, January 22-25. Based at Las Vegas Convention Center Booth N153, within the show’s Producer Center, the exhibit will feature emerging technologies and innovations, led by National Aeronautics and Space Administration 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge concepts. Participating teams will discuss the status of their research on 3D printing methods for concrete structures. Additional information on the Start-Up Zone or SDC activities can be obtained from ACI Foundation Assistant Director Tricia Ladely, [email protected]. —

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Beck and Mack, Con-Tech and Kenworth raise CIM Auction payload

Source: CIM National Steering Committee; CP staff

The Concrete Industry Management Auction at World of Concrete will have an equipment pool topped by two mixers for a second consecutive year, thanks to donations from Beck Industrial and Mack Trucks, plus Con-Tech Manufacturing, Kenworth Truck and Kenworth of Central Florida. Vehicle bidding will cap the CIM Auction, January 23 in Las Vegas Convention Center Room N262.

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