World of Asphalt and AGG1 2012 Shows Break Records
The World of Asphalt and AGG1 2012 shows produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers rode the wave of good news several other shows have experienced since the start of the year, breaking attendance records, as well as amount of exhibit space sold, number of exhibitors and number of education session tickets sold.
"Attendees and their companies understand the importance of learning and networking to stay sharp and take advantage of a recovering economy,” said Show Director Melissa Magestro.
She added, “They know that the industry connections at World of Asphalt and AGG1 - between buyers and sellers, peer-to-peer and with industry experts - are invaluable to meet the business challenges still facing our industry sectors in the U.S. and world economies.”
The collocated World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo were held March 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
More than 6,500 attendees came to the shows from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries worldwide.
The attendees also were highly qualified, with more than 35 percent being company presidents/owners, vice presidents, general managers or chief financial officers, and in all, more than 84 percent of registrants were in managerial roles.
The showfloor also broke records spanning 115,000-plus net square feet of exhibit space, a 30-percent increase, with also record number of 408 exhibitors.
Companies showcased their newest products and technologies aimed at the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.
In addition, there were a record number of 6,200-plus education session tickets purchased by attendees for the shows' learning programs: AGG1 Academy, Asphalt Pavement Conference and People, Plants and Paving Training Program.
More than 20 industry organizations were official supporters of World of Asphalt and AGG1, and the shows are industry-owned and operated.
"These are industry-driven events where participants have a say in planning so the shows best meet their needs,” Magestro said. “They can feel these are truly their shows.”
World of Asphalt is owned by National Asphalt Pavement Association, along with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. AGG1 is owned by NSSGA. AEM produces both shows.