World of Concrete 2018 is expected to record the event’s largest turnout in nine years.
Organizers of the annual concrete and masonry event estimate 60,000 concrete professionals and 1,500 suppliers from around the world will attend this year’s expo.
The event takes place Jan. 23 to 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
World of Concrete is the industry’s only annual event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The expo features indoor and outdoor exhibits with various suppliers showcasing innovative products, technology, demonstrations and competitions, as well as an education program.
The first event was held in 1975 and drew about 1,500 people to the 2,000 square metre floor show. This year, World of Concrete will cover more than 67,350 square metres.
New for 2018
World of Concrete competitions and exhibits will be located in the Bronze Lot, next to South Hall. In addition to exhibitors in this new area, returning World of Concrete favourites include the John Deere Operator Challenge, the Western Star Trucks Get Tough Challenge and the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 Championship.
Featured areas on the World of Concrete floor include:
The producer centre: a marketplace of materials, equipment and demos for concrete producers.
Material handling: a space offering trucks, excavators, distribution, concrete placement and earth moving.
Concrete repair and demolition: This area houses a display of surface preparation equipment, scarifying, sawing equipment, concrete repair and other demolition products.
World of masonry: A place to showcase products, tools, information and technology for masonry professionals.
Technology for construction: This area features the latest products and tools for the commercial construction industry from top information technology and systems providers.
Concrete surfaces: The popularity of decorative concrete for both commercial and residential applications is showcased, including concrete coatings, waterproofing products and technologies.
Precast: A focus on precast products, technologies and equipment including coring machines, pipe unloaders, precast forms, above/below ground precast, concrete pipe, manhole and septic tank equipment.
Concrete masonry and reinforcement: Concrete masonry will showcase everything for the producers of concrete masonry, including block, segmental retaining wall units, veneer, pavers and roof tiles.
Concrete reinforcement: There will be plenty of action outside, featuring leaders in concrete reinforcement demonstrating reinforcement bending, cutting, straightening and fabricating machinery.
The 2018 World of Concrete Education Program will include everything from interactive workshops and specialized seminars to hands-on, skill-building sessions. World of Concrete’s world-class education program equips field personnel, project leaders, supervisors and owners with the latest knowledge of concrete and masonry.
As well, the event will continue to bring international buyers together with United States exhibitors in an effort to build business domestically and overseas.
For the 13th consecutive year, the United States Department of Commerce has selected World of Concrete as a participant in the International Buyer Program (IBP). World of Concrete draws significant attendance at each event, working with United States Commercial Services posts from around the world.