- Created: Friday, 10 February 2012 16:12
- Published: Friday, 10 February 2012 16:12
By Mark S. Kuhar
The Agg1 2012 Aggregates Forum & Expo, held in conjunction with the 2012 World of Asphalt Show & Conference, will take place March 13-15, 2012, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Both have set exhibit space records, and leading manufacturers and service providers are already taking nearly 20 percent more combined space than at the last edition of the shows, according to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), owner of the show, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), producer of the show.
Some 93 percent of attendees at the last event said the shows were valuable to their businesses and 97 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the shows. In 2012, Agg1 and World of Asphalt will again be the place to network with industry peers and examine the latest technologies and emerging trends.
“We’re already at more than 104,000 net sq. ft. on the show floor – and growing. Attendees can comparison shop and discuss product capabilities with industry experts, and we have a full range of education sessions to help them manage resources for business growth,” said Show Director Melissa Magestro.
World of Asphalt and Agg1 target the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors. More than 90 expert-led education sessions will offer state-of-the-art knowledge to improve job productivity and operating efficiencies.
“Trade shows are a very affordable and effective way to conduct business; you can’t beat the face-to-face contact with so many people and suppliers in one place,” Magestro added.
Agg1 to Focus on Education
Educational opportunities will abound at Agg1. Attendees will be able to take advantage of more than 90 learning opportunities that provide practical, ready-to-use operational and management strategies and techniques. Attendees will have access to:
- Sessions in the Agg1 Academy.
- The People, Plants and Paving Training Program.
- The Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s (APA) Asphalt Pavement Conference.
“Industry professionals need to keep up to speed on the latest issues that can affect their businesses; our show education offers convenient and affordable access to content-rich presentations on best practices and innovative techniques,” said Magestro.
The Agg1 Academy will deliver practical and timely content for aggregates producers, suppliers and customers, developed by member committees of the NSSGA.
Presentations will focus on areas including environmental; safety and health; plant operations; drilling and blasting; dredging; communications and community relations; management and business development; automation, technology and operations; and sustainability. All levels of industry professionals, from operators to foremen to managers, will benefit with information they can take back to the workplace.
The People, Plants and Paving Training Program is designed for paving contractors of all sizes as well as allied companies, with a focus on paving and plant operators, foremen, superintendents, project managers and owners. The latest methods in asphalt paving and production efficiencies will be covered in five program tracks: safety, pavement preservation, sustainability, paving and plant production. A sixth track will examine management and leadership skills to help company personnel achieve their maximum potential.
Attendees have access to all education programs at both World of Asphalt and Agg1. Education sessions offer CEU Continuing Education Credits or certificates of attendance to document Professional Development Hours.
Focus on Equipment
Attendees will find a broader array of equipment, products and services on the show floor, including an expanded emphasis on pavement maintenance. Many returning companies have increased their space and new-to-the-show companies are signing on to take advantage of this quality venue to connect with customers. Companies range from multinationals with multiple product lines to smaller firms with niche products.
“Attendees tell us that seeing new product is the number-one reason they attend, and they’ll be able to compare the latest technologies and talk with technical experts,” stated Magestro.
“Our robust education focuses on industry best practices and increases the value quotient of the shows. This is where the industry gathers to network and gain the essential product and operational knowledge they need to stay ahead in these economic times.”
Industry professionals can go online to access all the information they need to register for and participate. The show websites offer an interactive “show planner” that attendees can use to organize their onsite visits to exhibit booths, attendance at education sessions and meetings with exhibitors. Online planning tools will also include an Industry Leaders Directory and New Products & Technologies Preview to help attendees more easily connect with the products and people they want to see on the show floor.
“The shows have grown in size and scope of what’s on display. We want to make it as convenient as possible for attendees to make the most of their time onsite,” stated Magestro.
With the "show planner" feature, attendees can compile a “must-see” personalized itinerary, searching for exhibitors by company name, type of product or booth number and location on the show floor. They can add education sessions and meetings to their schedule and update it pre-show and onsite.
The online Industry Experts Directory will list exhibitor company executives and designers who will be onsite and ready to answer attendee questions about the products and technologies on display. The New Products & Technologies Preview will feature exhibitor submissions of their latest innovations that will be on the show floor.
For more information and to register, visit www.worldofasphalt.com and www.agg1.org.