Exhibition interest grows
BIG CROWDS, lots to learn, new features and plenty of emerging technology. That in a nutshell was the 2018 edition of the annual Facilities Integrate exhibition, recently concluded at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, reports the organiser.
The ‘unique’ show brought together the people and companies who make buildings smarter, safer and more efficient and has again proven a big hit with the trades, attracting more than 2600 delegates who enjoyed the presentations and stands of more than 120 exhibitors, says North Port Events. The company says this fourth edition of the show reflected the growing popularity of an event which uniquely brings together the many industries involved in creating and managing the build environment.
Partnership Manager Helen
Kay said the ‘mix’ of education, exhibitions and, increasingly, technology demonstrations, was proving a hit. “This is a dynamic industry undergoing upheaval and change as technology creates new opportunities for efficiency, convenience and comfort. Our visitors have voted with their feet, cementing Facilities Integrate as a must-attend event of the year.”
Total attendance this year topped 2680 delegates, with 43 percent return visitors and 42.8 percent coming for the first time. By industry, those involved in Facilities Management were by far in the majority, with 42 percent coming from this field, though it should be noted that Facilities is a broad category, reminds the organiser.
Other industries well represented include AV/ Tech (19 percent), Engineering (9.6 percent), Suppliers (9.1 percent) and Property (5.8 percent).
Kay says the quality of visitors was high, with highlights including a well-attended networking function, a newly-added Energy Management feature where green and related technologies were showcased, and the ever-popular Seminar Series. “We did notice a lot more technology enthusiasts at this year’s show, reflecting the growing role played by this industry in the built environment, and there was plenty of interest from delegates who have expressed an interested in exhibiting next year.”
Facilities Integrate 2019 (25 – 26 September) is set to be bigger and better, building on the momentum established over the past four years.
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