After five jam-packed days of innovative product launches and major company announcements, enlightening education sessions and countless networking opportunities, ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2023 have come to a close, but not before taking the construction industry to the next level.
The show exceeded expected attendance numbers, drawing over 139,000 construction and fluid power professionals from 133 countries to Las Vegas from March 14-18 – making it the largest trade show in North America with more than 2,400 exhibitors from 36 countries spread out over 3 million square feet of exhibit space.
Caterpillar senior vice president and ConExpo show chair Phil Kelliher spoke about the event and its success.
“The innovations in the construction industry unveiled this week will play a role in helping construction professionals drive meaningful and sustainable economic growth,” said Phil
“Live events in the construction industry are very important, because you can see, touch and experience the products. That value was reaffirmed this past week across the show floor,” he said.
This year’s show emphasised how the construction industry is evolving in many ways to adapt to sustainable technologies, products and practices. Show attendees were treated to sustainability in action, from electric and hydrogen powered construction equipment, to more recyclable materials and waste reduction opportunities.
Sustainable Tech Displayed
Across the show floor, sustainable technologies, products and practices included:
• Aerial work platform specialists Skyjack had its new SJ120 E on hand, a zero-emissions mast lift with a 30 per cent improvement in duty cycle.
• Construction pros wanting to maximise their energy efficiency explored Kubota’s V3307 Micro-Hybrid engine for installing in their existing equipment, saving fuel with the attachments they use, like Rototilt’s Rototilt Control system.
• Contractors who work in disaster recovery will be saving up to 600 sand bags per barrier (and not worrying about disposal should it become contaminated), not to mention the fuel needed to haul it on and off site, with Rapid Barrier Systems’ water-inflatable barriers.
• Small engine specialists Briggs & Stratton brought its Vanguard brand’s swappable lithium-ion batteries for attendees to test out. And Redline Detection showcased its battery coolant and leak detector.
• B3C Fuel Solutions brought products to the show to help contractors eliminate waste by restoring emulsified/damaged oil, and make sure lubricant that does find its way to the environment is non-toxic and biodegradable.
• And AT&T’s Equipment and Machinery Solutions team brought a solution to help track its actual Scope 1 emissions versus their targets.
ConExpo also featured a wide range of educational opportunities, including 190 expert-led sessions on topics such as construction safety, equipment technology, and sustainable building practices.
Marcia Klein, Treasurer of Casappa Corp., and show chair of IFPE and spoke about the resilience of the industry.
“The success of ConExpo is a testament to the resilience and strength of the construction and fluid power industries, which has continued to adapt and innovate despite the challenges of the past three years,” Marcia said.
“We’re proud to have provided a platform for industry professionals from around the world to connect, learn, and discover new solutions for improving their businesses and the world we build,” she said.
ConExpo by the Numbers
• 3+ million net square feet (900,000 metres) of exhibits (10.5 per cent larger than 2020).
• 139,000+ registered attendees (6 per cent increase over 2020).
• 2400+ exhibitors, from 36 countries, including 603 new-to-the-show exhibitors.
• 24,000+ international registered attendees from 133 countries.
• 91,000+ scans of badges to access the 190 education sessions.
• 600+ global media from 33 countries
The next ConExpo-Con/Agg & IFPE will be held March 3-7, 2026, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.