Trade shows are an excellent way for professionals in the construction industry to learn and grow, whether through experiencing the latest in new equipment and innovation or by networking with peers and sharing ideas. If you're a construction professional, there are shows for you coming up in 2024, and each one provides a variety of opportunities for learning. Trade show floors, conferences, casual get-togethers, education sessions - all are valuable opportunities to expand your knowledge base and your business. Here is a look at 18 big construction industry events coming up in 2024.
Jan. 9-12 - Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Aria, and other hotels, Las Vegas, NV
Originally known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES has broadened its scope over recent years as innovative technology moves into new and unique markets. Over the past few years, we have seen commercial truck and heavy equipment manufacturers make a splash at CES with their technology developments. John Deere, for example, has been exhibiting at CES since 2019 and is an award winner for its tech efforts.
For those who are just interested in cool new tech, this is your show - and it's massive. There are three clusters of exhibit space in three different locations surrounding the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Venetian and its convention spaces, and the Cosmopolitan, Aria and nearby hotels on the Strip.
Jan. 16-18 - The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
If your goal is to make connections, then the AED Summit is a great opportunity. Hosted by the Association of Equipment Distributors, the AED Summit provides dealers, manufacturers, and service providers with opportunities to connect at meetings and hospitality suites. The CONDEX - Conference Dealer Expo - trade show attracts exhibitors to show products and services targeted to dealers and distributors. Manufacturers and distributors host the hospitality suites and offer one-on-one opportunities to talk about new products and services and how best to get those to end users. And, in the education track, there are plenty of sessions on topics like customer service, technology, and more.
World of Concrete
Jan. 22-25 - Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
World of Concrete is celebrating a big milestone in 2024 - it has been serving the concrete and masonry industry for five decades. A yearly show that features the latest in concrete paving equipment, tools, services, and more, World of Concrete bills itself as "the commercial construction industry's first, largest, and most important annual international event."
The numbers certainly agree with that statement - World of Concrete 2023 had just over 48,000 industry professionals visit to see more than 580,000 square feet of displays that sprawled both inside and out at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibitors are on hand with the latest equipment and technology that give contractors the solutions and support they need to grow within the concrete sector. Workshops, education sessions, and more all combine to give contractors plenty of opportunity to learn how they can be more successful.
Canadian Concrete Expo
Feb. 14-15 - The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
Canadian concrete professionals who want to connect with the industry close to home will find the Canadian Concrete Expo a solid opportunity to build contacts and learn the latest in concrete construction north of the border. The two-day 2024 show is expected to draw more than 350 exhibitors from Canada and around the world, spreading out across 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. More than 8,000 are expected to attend.
Attendees who want to see machines in action will get their chance as 2024 brings back large equipment demonstrations in the exhibit hall. Live pours showing off new technology and innovation will be conducted during the event. In addition, there are stage presentations, conference sessions, and educational programs throughout the expo.
Feb. 18-21 - Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
The world's largest rental trade show is headed to the Big Easy, and is bringing with it heavy and light equipment for the construction rental industry. The event's goal is to showcase the future of rental, and with steadily growing interest in the rental market there seems to be a strong future ahead.
The 2023 version of the ARA Show featured more than 750 exhibitors, and overall attendance exceeded expectations, organizers said. For 2024, the show will feature 39 hours of education sessions starting on Feb. 18, and more than 10,000 attendees are expected. Many equipment manufacturers take advantage of the ARA Show to introduce new and updated products, so it's an excellent opportunity to get a look at the latest innovations in construction.
NTEA Work Truck Week
Mar. 5-8 - Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
The NTEA's yearly gathering has grown from a trade show into a broad event encompassing everything to do with vocational trucks. The massive show floor still provides a centrepiece for the week, with major manufacturers displaying their trucks. Upfitters, accessory suppliers, and more are available to discuss how to turn your chassis into the right vocational truck for any use. There's even a ride and drive opportunity for those who want to get their hands on the wheel.
Outside of the show, the Green Truck Summit provides an interesting look at environmentally friendly developments in trucking, and a broad range of topics are covered in the education sessions.
Demolition San Antonio
Mar. 6-9 - Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
The National Demolition Association's annual convention and expo is celebrating 50 years with Demolition San Antonio, where more than 1,000 industry professionals are expected to attend. The NDA says this show is an excellent opportunity to make connections with other demolition professionals from across North America, and to see the latest and best products available in the industry.
A highlight every year is the Live DEMOlition event, which takes place off-site and offers the chance to experience new tools in a hands-on space.
World of Asphalt / AGG1
March 25-27 - Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Roadbuilders and aggregates operations alike are drawn to World of Asphalt / AGG1, where new products for paving and quarry work are introduced by all the key manufacturers. World of Asphalt skipped 2023 due to CONEXPO, but in 2022 the show drew 440 exhibitors that spread out across 193,000 square feet of trade show space. More than 11,000 attendees visited the show to build connections, see new products, and take advantage of education programs.
The 2024 show is expected to be just as big, with more than 400 exhibitors once again setting up across more than 200,000 square feet of space alongside 120 education sessions and many more opportunities to expand knowledge about the asphalt and aggregates industries.
Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show
March 27-28 - Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, NB
The biennial Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show is returning to Moncton in 2024 after a successful 2022 event. The first since COVID's arrival drew nearly 10,000 attendees to the Moncton Coliseum for two days of exhibits and networking. More than 100 exhibitors are already booked into the 200,000 square feet of show space for the 2024 version, with that number expected to grow. Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show attendees come from a variety of industries, including construction, forestry, infrastructure, and public works.
National Heavy Equipment Show
April 11-12 - International Centre, Mississauga, ON
The National Heavy Equipment Show is Canada's largest heavy equipment trade show, serving sectors such as construction, roadbuilding, public works, aggregates, and many others every two years. The last version of the biennial event in 2022 marked its 25th year with a sold-out show floor at the International Centre. An average attendance of up to 14,000 ensures that the NHES is a solid location for building connections and learning about the latest in the Canadian heavy equipment sector.
April 14-18 - Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Hosted by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), No-Dig is the largest trenchless technology conference in the world, bringing together professionals to share new, more efficient techniques for underground construction. More than 200 attending companies take part in the trade show, and more than 2,000 professionals attend every year. Central to the event are three days of sessions that engage visitors with the latest innovations in trenchless construction. The trade show floor is also open for three days, ensuring attendees have plenty of opportunities to connect with manufacturers.
April 18-20 - International Centre, Mississauga, ON
Sprawling across five exhibit halls at the International Centre, Truck World is Canada's largest trucking industry trade show. More than 450 manufacturers, upfitters, accessory suppliers, and other businesses serving the trucking sector will be displaying across 350,000 square feet and welcoming upwards of 15,000 industry professionals over three days.
Features of the show include a GreenTECH section and stage with full slate of presentations, a ride and drive opportunity (for those with the correct licenses), and new product showcase.
April 24-27 - Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris, France
Intermat is, along with bauma and CONEXPO, one of the world's three top heavy equipment trade shows, and it is, like the other two shows, massive. Returning after the COVID-related cancellation in 2021, the 2024 version of Intermat will welcome more than 1,400 exhibitors from 37 countries around the world. For 2024, Intermat has chosen to shine a spotlight on efforts to make construction greener by focusing on sustainable technologies and equipment.
Intermat attendees can check out eight national pavilions, numerous presentations and round tables on various topics, and more than 30,000 square metres of demonstration space that gives visitors an opportunity to see new technology in action.
CIM Connect Convention & Expo
May 12-15 - Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
CIM Connect is the new name for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's annual convention and expo, taking place in Vancouver in 2024. This is a meeting place for the mining industry to discuss trends, cutting-edge technology, and the evolution of mineral extraction. The 2024 theme is "Brand Canada: Our Critical Advantage," exploring Canada's unique role within the global minerals, metals, and energy sector. In 2023, CIM drew more than 6,800 participants from 60 countries who were able to view more than 700 booths and experience 320 presentations during the conference.
June 25-27 - Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, UK
When it comes to showing equipment in its natural habitat, you can't get much closer than Hillhead - this popular aggregate equipment event takes place in a former limestone quarry set amid the countryside of Derbyshire. More than 600 exhibitors take part, showing new crushing and screening equipment, plus many other tools of the trade for quarrying operations. The event draws upwards of 20,000 visitors from around the world to take in the unique location and the popular variety of demonstrations. Demos are broken down into the Quarry Face, Rock Processing, Recycling, and Registration areas, with each featuring live operating equipment.
Sept. 19-21 - Ottawa/Gatineau region, ON/QC
Held every four years, DEMO International is organized by the Canadian Woodlands Forum and hosted this time around by SBC Cedar. The event is unique in that it is held on-site - in 2024 it will be on a forestry site in Venosta, QC, a short distance from Ottawa/Gatineau. Each show attracts thousands of leaders in the forestry equipment industry to display and demonstrate the latest tools for forestry success. Displays cover every aspect of modern forestry - thinning, harvesting, work on steep slopes, technology for forestry work, and more.
Sept. 24-26 - Las Vegas Convention Centre, Las Vegas, NV
Three exhibit halls and more than 700,000 square feet of space make up MINExpo International, hosted every four years by the National Mining Association in Las Vegas. Professionals worldwide attend the event, which features products for mining safety, drilling, engineering, training, material handling, and more. Topics such as robotics, sensors, and other cutting-edge updates will be part of the event. Organizers say that from their research, 90 percent of attendees come to MINExpo International to buy new products or services, while 36 percent say they'll spend up to $1 million, and 32 percent will be spending more than $10 million.
Nov. 11-13 - The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Dimensions is Trimble's user conference and takes place yearly, drawing professionals from construction, mining, infrastructure, municipal operations, and more for introductions and updates in the field of construction software and technology. The event draws hundreds of professionals for a full slate of presentations and seminars on software and service that crosses over all of Trimble's industry areas.
A big draw is Trimble's off-site area where its products are fitted on construction equipment of all kinds, and where users can see those tools in operation first-hand. Plus, Trimble uses the event to launch many of its newest and most innovative products, and attendees get the first opportunity to experience those new introductions.
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