World of Asphalt 2007 Show and Conference a Success

The World of Asphalt 2007 Show and Conference was the gathering place for the asphalt industry March 19-22, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia International Convention Center.

More than 3600 asphalt, highway maintenance and traffic safety industry professionals attended the event, with almost 14% international attendance. Some 222 exhibitors used 6250 m3 of exhibit space to display the latest equipment, technologies, products and services.

World of Asphalt featured more educational programming than ever before, and offered a wider array of products and suppliers on the show floor.

The 2007 show's expanded education included worker certification courses for traffic control technicians and OSHA construction safety as well as a "hot topics" program on the very latest in asphalt industry trends. The show also hosted two of the industry's leading conferences, the People, Plants and Paving Training Program and the Asphalt Pavement Alliance's Asphalt Pavement Conference. More than 4000 tickets were sold for all of the World of Asphalt learning programs.

New exhibit pavilions in 2007 highlighted traffic safety products and information technology resources, and joined testing equipment and "new product" pavilions, providing additional opportunities for attendees to compare and discuss product advances and capabilities with leading industry suppliers.

"This was one of our best shows ever in terms of numbers and most importantly, quality, with an energetic buzz throughout the show," noted World of Asphalt chairman Richard Moore, president of Lehman-Roberts Co., Memphis, Tennessee. "We continued our momentum as a showcase for the latest education and technology innovations in our industry."

World of Asphalt 2007 concluded with a well-received continuing-education tour of the renowned National Center for Asphalt Technology, which was another value-added learning opportunity for show participants.

World of Asphalt 2007 international attendees came from more than 50 countries worldwide and from all major world regions. The show hosted three delegations of Russian visitors, including one from that country's Ministry of Transportation.

The show attracted a highly qualified audience ­ of those providing job-classification titles, more than 60% were in management roles such as president, owner, vice president, general manager, chief financial officer and purchasing/sales/marketing management.

World of Asphalt 2007 had the support of more than 20 U.S., Canadian and worldwide trade associations as well as leading U.S. state and federal government agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration.

More than 20 industry executives served on the show's management committee to ensure that the event continued to target industry needs.

The next World of Asphalt will be held March 9-12, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The event is held annually except in years when the CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibition is staged.

World of Asphalt co-owners are the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers

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