Optimism fuels stron at CONEXPO-CON/AG Nearly 128,000 descend on Las Vegas with many looking to invest in new gear Buy! Buy! Buy! That was the mindset of many attendees at last week’s CON-EXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 show, which took place from March 7 to 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Many exhibitors stated that they ex-perienced strong sales throughout the show, with some referring to it as the best edition of the show yet. “This has been one of the best edi-tions of CONEXPO-CON/AGG – ever,” said Rich Goldsbury, 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG chair and CEO and president of Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania. “Exhibitors are writing sales at an incredible pace, and attendees clearly came to Las Vegas to buy.” “There was an element of confidence and pent-up demand at the show,” add-ed Dave Foster, vice-president of mar-keting and corporate communications at Volvo CE. “These are not tire-kickers. These are people who are willing to buy multiple machines for work they have now and anticipated growth based on a renewed confidence in the market.” Representatives from CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE stated that “a series of key metrics reflected the improved conditions, which were bolstered by a new pricing strategy intended to rein-force the overall quality of CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 attendees.” Those metrics included: • U.S. buyer attendance jumped over 16 per cent from the 2014 show, and total buyer attendance improved by almost eight percent; 26 | ROCKTOROAD | APRIL 2017 show report STAFF REPORT CONEXPO-CON/AGG drew close to 128,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center. • Overall contractor and producer at-tendance grew by 10 per cent. • Total attendance neared 128,000 for the week; • Almost half of all attendees serve in executive positions at their company, and more than 3-in-5 attendees serve in a decision-making role; • Almost 26,000 international attend-ees from 150 countries braved global headwinds including a strong dol-lar and flagging export markets and composed nearly 20 per cent of over-all attendance; and • Attendees purchased a record-break-ing 52,000 tickets for education ses-sions at the show, a 26 per cent in-crease from the 2014 show. Total ticket sales excluding IFPE jumped by over 27 per cent compared to 2014. “I think there is a noticeable differ-ence in the attendees at this show, and the difference is their optimism,” said Gradall Industries president and 2017 Association of Equipment Manufactur-ers (AEM) Chair Michael Haberman. “Optimism was on display throughout the show, and the traffic was excellent.” The event featured a record 2.8 mil-lion-plus net square feet of exhibits from a record 2,800-plus exhibitors from around the globe. History was also made during the first day of the show with the un-veiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator at the show’s inagural Tech Experience. The next edition of CONEXPO-CON/ AGG will take place in 2020.