World of Concrete returned to Las Vegas January 17–21, 2005, attracting more than 73,000 construction professionals from over 111 countries, Thousands of new products, ideas, and technologies from 1597 exhibitors confirmed WOC's role as the leading industry provider of concrete, masonry, and technology solutions. This year's show set several milestones including the second largest number of buyers and exhibits in the history of World of Concrete.
“We are extremely pleased with exhibitor participation and attendance this year,” said Tom Cindric, show director. “Our reputation continues as the place for the newest products and our increase in exhibit space and attendance is a direct result of this.”
Feedback from the show floor was extremely positive from both new and veteran exhibitors.
“I have been attending the show for 15 years. The event is a great resource to meet with exhibitors to help solve problems and get the answers I need for my business. I love World of Concrete!” stated a general contractor on the show floor.
“This is our first time here. It's huge! We're here for 5 days, and it takes at least 3 to 4 days to see all of this show. We came to increase our sales, provide better service, and differentiate ourselves from the competition. We'll be back again next year!” exclaimed a business owner from Montreal.
World of Concrete is the place for the newest products, and new suppliers as well. More than 330 companies exhibited for the first time, offering everything from batch plants, concrete mixing equipment, scaffolding, and grout pumps to trucks, loaders, cranes, saws, and more.
World of Concrete's seminar program, one of the most in-depth in the industry, featured more than 90 seminars covering everything from concrete basics to decorative concrete and best management practices. Seminar Master Certificates are awarded to individuals who attend four seminars in a specific subject track.
Special product and action areas included The Producer Center, a dedicated marketplace of materials, equipment, demos, and seminars for concrete producers; Material Handling, offering trucks, excavators, and more for material delivery, distribution, concrete placement, and earth moving; Concrete Repair & Demolition, a display of surface preparation equipment, scarifying, grinding, saws, and other demolition products; World of Masonry, showcasing a full range of products, tools, information, and technology for masonry professionals; and, new for 2005, the exciting and successful new information technology marketplace, Technology for Construction, featuring the newest products and solutions for the concrete industry from top IT and systems providers. It included a unique 40-session conference program, product exhibits, and a high-level Executive Forum.
The Artistry in Decorative Concrete area included twelve artists demonstrating exciting and creative decorative techniques. According to Joe Nasvik, coordinator of the event, some 14,000 people passed through the exhibit.
Popular Mega Demos packed the bleachers while experts demonstrated the uses of shotcrete and the latest techniques and products in decorative concrete in the “Mega Mega Decorative Concrete Extravaganza” featuring indoor and outdoor applications of stamping, staining, stenciling, and more.
Competitions included the Producers' Challenge, a 3½-day competition for pre-certified contestants to demonstrate their operating and safety knowledge of front-end loaders, and the popular Masons' Challenge featuring the SPEC Mix Bricklayer 500 Competition and Tenders' Competition.
A reception took place for World of Concrete Mexico 2005. Speakers reviewed the impressive numbers from the inaugural show and the growing Mexican concrete/construction industry. The 2005 show takes place June 15–17, 2005, in Mexico City and is already over 75% sold.
World of Concrete 2006 will return to Las Vegas January 17–20, 2006; Seminars: January 16–20.