On the heels of a successful World of Concrete Feb. 5-8 in Las Vegas, Hanley Wood announced it would launch an edition of the concrete industry show in India. World of Concrete India will take place at the HITEX Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad, India, this October.
“This will be a must-attend event for the construction marketplace in this part of the world,” says Tom Cindric, group director for Hanley Wood Exhibitions.
Hanley Wood officials point out that India’s economy, and specifically, its construction indu
stry are booming, with infrastructure improvements around the country focusing on highways, bridges, airports, ports and public transportation.
Jose Kurian, president of the Indian Concrete Institute, saysthat, with the building boom going on in the country, India is starved for both products and information regarding the concrete industry.
“This will change the way the information on concrete will be accessed,” Kurian says.
Hanley Wood will launch the show with the support of the Indian Concrete Institute, the primary trade association in that country for the concrete industry, and in conjunction with Inter Ads Exhibitions, an Indian tradeshow organizer.
Whatever optimism Cindric and Kurian have for World of Concrete India was fortified by the latest edition of the flagship World of Concrete held earlier this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
According to Hanley Wood officials, attendance and square footage were both up about 5 percent. This year’s show had 605,681 net square feet and about 55,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors. In 2012, the show had 552,500 net sq. ft., just over 52,000 attendees and about the same number of exhibitors.
Cindric told Expo Magazine that Hanley Wood construction shows were outpacing the construction business in general.
“When they talk about construction being down, that doesn’t translate into the tradeshow business,” Cindric says. “At Hanley Wood, we’re experiencing 4- to 5-percent growth across the board. People are engaging in face-to-face again.”