AGG1 2013, co-located with World of Asphalt, concluded a successful run March 21: a sold-out show floor with record exhibit space, near-record registered attendance, more co-located industry groups and meetings than ever before, and record education ticket sales.
“We’ve received excellent positive feedback on the shows’ value to bring together so many qualified buyers and sellers in one place, and for the networking and dialog with peers from across North America and internationally,” said Show Manager Rich Prausa.
The shows were held March 19-21, 2013, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Near-record registered attendance topped 6,000 at close of the shows. Registrants came from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 50 other countries worldwide. More than one-third were company presidents/owners, vice presidents, general managers or chief financial officers, and all together more than 84 percent of registrants were in managerial roles.
The sold-out show floor covered a record 123,600 net sq. ft. of exhibit space taken by more than 385 exhibitors. Leading manufacturers and suppliers showcased their latest products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.
Education is a cornerstone of the shows and attendees purchased a record 8,400-plus tickets for the shows’ education programs, including the AGG1 Academy and People, Plants and Paving Training Program.
“Savvy industry professionals realize the importance of keeping up-to-date with industry best practices if they want their businesses to stay on top; they know AGG1 and World of Asphalt education programs are industry-developed and presented,” Prausa said.
Industry support amplifies the shows’ networking and knowledge-sharing. The co-located groups and meetings included Association of Modified Asphalt Producers, Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association, Rubber Pavements Association and Texas Asphalt Pavement Association. More than 25 industry organizations were official supporters of World of Asphalt and AGG1 2013, and the shows are industry-owned and operated.
AGG 1 is owned by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). World of Asphalt is owned by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), NSSGA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM produces both shows.
The next edition of AGG1 and World of Asphalt will be held in March 2015 in Baltimore. The shows are held annually except in ConExpo/Con-Agg years (such as 2014), with that show spotlighting the exhibitors and products of World of Asphalt and AGG1.
Look for a full report in the May issue of Rock Products.