Record Attendance at World of Asphalt & AGG1
World of Asphalt and AGG1 2015 were a huge success: registered attendance broke all records, the show floor was the largest ever, and education ticket sales set a new record.
Registered attendance totaled more than 7,600, an increase of more than 1,000 over the previous record and 26% over the last edition of the shows; registrants came from all 50 states, 9 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries.
Both shows set exhibitor and exhibit space records for a total 450 exhibitors taking more than 12,500 m2 to showcase the latest technologies and products.
A record 10,000-plus education session tickets were purchased by attendees for the shows’ signature learning programs.
“The enthusiasm and industry support have been wonderful; it’s really important for us to come together to talk with and learn from each other, and that’s what these shows delivered,” stated Rick Feltes of Lafarge North America and 2015 chair of NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy & Expo, representing the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).
“This has been a tremendous event; the interaction and energy on the show floor as exhibitors connected with customers has been great, very positive,” stated 2015 World of Asphalt Show & Conference chair Rick Moore of Lehman-Roberts, representing the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).
The World of Asphalt Show & Conference and NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy & Expo were held March 17-19 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The 2015 event offered added value through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its International Buyer Select Program. The program helped attract visitors from around the world, increasing the networking and business connections for all show participants.
Attendees could take advantage of education sessions focused on industry best practices, solutions and benchmarking. Education included NSSGA’s signature AGG1 Academy and NAPA’s People, Plants and Paving Training Program.
Nearly 30 industry-related associations and groups worldwide were official show supporters. Co-located events included the Maryland Asphalt Association annual conference, North East Asphalt User/Producer Group executive board and steering committee meetings, and American Road and Transportation Builders Association Safety in the Work Zone conference.
“Exhibitors and attendees alike cited the value of face-to-face dialog with so many industry professionals and companies in one place, and the consistently high-quality environment of the shows,” stated show manager Rich Prausa of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
Planning is already underway for the 2016 World of Asphalt and AGG1 – to be held March 22-24 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Music City Center.
World of Asphalt and AGG1 are industry-owned and operated. AGG1 is owned by NSSGA. World of Asphalt is owned by NAPA, NSSGA and AEM.
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