ConExpo 2023 crushes previous show records

ConExpo attendees walk through the festival lot
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Following five days of showcasing the latest machines and products available to the construction, aggregate and fluid power industries, ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2023 has ended, setting new records for the trade show.

The show returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 14 to 18, 2023.

ConExpo 2023 surpassed expected attendance numbers, drawing more than 139,000 construction and fluid power professionals from 133 countries, representing a 6 per cent increase in attendance compared to 2020.

The number of attendees makes ConExpo the largest trade show in North America.

“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.”

ConExpo by the numbers

This year, ConExpo covered more than 3 million net square feet of exhibits, a 10.5 per cent increase compared to the previous show. As well, more than 2,400 exhibitors from 36 countries, including 603 new companies, showcase their products at the trade show.

International visitors from 133 countries represented more than 24,000 of ConExpo’s total visitors, while more than 600 members of the media from 33 countries visited the trade show.

ConExpo’s 190 educational sessions recorded 91,000-plus badge scans throughout the show.

The future of construction at ConExpo

This year’s show emphasized how the construction industry is evolving to deliver sustainable technologies, products and practices. Show attendees were treated to sustainability in action, from electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered construction equipment, to more recyclable materials and waste reduction opportunities.

One of the biggest sustainability efforts on the part of ConExpo directly is a partnership between the show and the Arbor Day Foundation. ConExpo-Con/Agg and the Arbor Day Foundation will be planting more than 139,000 trees, one for every show registrant in a forest of greatest need.

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Additionally, CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitors, attendees and fans of the show can contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s funds, allowing them to further their goal of involving themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees around the globe.

Held every three years, ConExpo is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The show features the latest equipment, products, services and technologies for the construction industry. The show is owned in partnership with NRMCA, NSSGA and AEM and managed by AEM.

ConExpo is held in conjunction with IFPE, which targets the fluid power/power transmission/motion control and construction and construction materials industries.

“The success of ConExpo-Con/Agg and 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.”

ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 3 to 7, 2026, in Las Vegas, Nevada.