The construction industry is a major driver of the global economy. It provided more than 273 million jobs worldwide in 2014 and currently accounts for 13% of global GDP, with the possibility of contributing 14.7% by 2030, To foster the industry’s growth, stakeholders have committed to organising and hosting construction events.

Dozens of construction shows and conferences are held annually worldwide. These events help stakeholders stay abreast of the latest happenings in the industry. They also learn about trendy innovations and news.

Being present at international construction events requires you to make sacrifices in terms of finances and time. However, you can rest assured that the events would be worth the effort. 

Why Should You Travel To Construction Events Outside The UK?

Several construction events are held annually within and outside the United Kingdom, and attended by thousands of professionals and stakeholders in the industry. As a player in the UK construction industry, you have much to gain by travelling outside the UK to attend international construction events.

Here is why you should travel to construction events outside the UK:

1. Networking: By travelling outside the UK to attend international construction tradeshows and conferences, you can network with professionals from other countries. From manufacturers to contractors, you will meet industry players, learn from their knowledge and experience and share yours, and potentially gain new business for your company.

2. Learn of latest innovations: International construction shows expose you to new ideas and innovations that you can apply to your business or workplace. You will meet competitors from other countries and learn new insights from them, which you can modify and adapt to your market.

3. Benefit from press connections: Attending construction events outside the United Kingdom exposes you and your profession or business to international press coverage. This exposure helps you gain future business opportunities.

4. Gain inspiration: By participating in exhibitions at international tradeshows, you get inspiration for new products and systems that would be valuable to your career and business. More so, you get to ask questions and get answers from speakers at seminars.

5. Make sales: As a manufacturer or wholesaler, construction tradeshows help increase your sales margin. Tradeshows help to boost sales as 46 percent of decision-makers tend to purchase products while attending a trade show. Similarly, 50 percent of tradeshows leads close without the need to make a follow-up sales call.

These statistics mean that stakeholders in the construction industry can expand into new markets by connecting with professionals from other countries at international construction tradeshows.

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1. Expo Real – International Trade Fair For Property And Investment

Since 1998, the industry players in the real estate space have gathered for a three-day trade fair in Munich, Germany, every year. Expo Real is the biggest trade fair for the property and investment industry in Europe. Expo Real provides attendees the best networking opportunities as they meet and build connections with potential business partners and experts in the industry.

From project developers and controllers to asset and property managers, professionals learn from over a hundred speakers who would anchor conferences at the event. Exhibitors also get to showcase the latest products and services in the industry.

The 24th edition of the trade fair will be held from 4-6 October 2022, organised by Messe München. The venue of the event is Trade Fair Center Messe, München.

2. MIPIM

MIPIM is the world’s leading property market event in the construction industry. The event is established with a mission of inspiring professionals in the real estate space to construct more liveable and sustainable buildings. The majority of the participants at MIPIM are CEOs and C-suite executives. The event is a good platform for professionals to grow their businesses and build good business connections.

The event’s next edition is scheduled to hold from the 14th of March to the 17th of March 2023 at Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. MIPIM will be attended by over 3,000 exhibiting companies spread across 100 countries, and 480 speakers are set to deliver lectures at the event’s conferences.

3. Euromicro Conference on Digital Systems Design (DSD)

The Euromicro Conference on Digital Systems Design (DSD) is an international construction conference for professionals who work in academia and the construction industry. It is one of the leading conferences in Spain.

Researchers and engineers attend this conference to gain insight into digital and mixed HW/SW system engineering and learn about micro-architectures, digital circuits, and VLSI implementations.

The 25th edition of the conference is a 3-day event scheduled for August 31- September 2, 2022. It will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain. The conference is co-organised by Instituto Universitario de Microelectronica Aplicada (IUMA) and LOPESAN M.I.C.E.

4. Construction and Housing Fair

The Construction and Housing Fair, Rheinberg, also known as Baumesse Rheinberg, is an international construction tradeshow for professionals in building, housing, renovation, and modernisation spaces. It is a consumer fair held annually in Germany, where developers, tenants, and landlords can learn more about building-related topics.

From innovations to new products and building materials, consumers gain the latest information in the building space. Banks and insurance companies also often attend the fair, informing attendees about government policies, mortgage banking, and construction insurance.

The fair will hold for three days, from September 9-11, 2022. This year’s location is Messe Niederrhein, Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The annual event is organised by MESA Veranstaltungs GmbH.

5. Global Meet on Infrastructure and Construction (GMINFR)

The Global Meet on Infrastructure and Construction is an international construction conference designed to cover topics on civil engineering and construction technology. The conference is a platform for engineers, academics, researchers, and professionals in public and private sectors to meet, network, and exchange ideas in the construction field.

GMINFR is a 3-day event that would showcase seminars and panel sessions anchored by invited speakers who are experienced in the infrastructure and civil engineering spaces. The conference will be held from August 22-24, 2022, at the CENTQUATRE, Paris, France. Prime Meetings organises the event.

6. WasteBuild Zero

WasteBuild Zero is an international zero carbon construction event. It is a 2-day event that allows participants to see the latest materials, techniques, and innovations for constructing low-carbon buildings. This annual conference was established to foster a transition towards a circular and regenerative built environment.

The conference’s next edition will come up on May 11-12, 2023, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The event is set to be attended by the leading engineers, architects, real estate developers, and designers in Europe. The event’s location is NSDM, Amsterdam, and it is organised by Waste Build.

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7. International Builders’ Show (IBS)

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) is one of the biggest international construction tradeshows in the world. It is the largest light construction building industry tradeshow in the United States. The show is organised by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

This annual show is attended by over 100,000 participants every year. Since 2003, the show has held at either the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, Florida) or the Las Vegas Convention Center (Las Vegas, Nevada). The show’s next edition is scheduled to hold from January 31-February 2, 2022.

8. Concrete Show South America

The Concrete Show South America is one of the leading construction shows on the continent. It is a platform where manufacturers and consumers can meet, showcase and purchase new products, and learn new industry insights. The 2022 edition was held from August 9-11, 2022.

The event, which is over a decade old, provides networking opportunities for attendees. It is held annually in São Paulo, Brazil. Informa Markets organises the show. The next edition is scheduled for August 8-10, 2023.

9. New York Build Expo

The New York Build Expo is the largest construction and design show in North America. With official support from the Mayor of New York, this show hosts some of the biggest free-to-attend construction events in the United States. Every year, thousands of AEC and real estate professionals register for a slot in this expo as they learn from the lectures of experts in the industry.

Networking opportunities and fun-filled events abound at the New York Build Expo. The next edition of the show is scheduled for March 8-9, 2023, and it will feature over 300 top-level speakers with a 50% representation of female speakers across the agenda of the event. The expo will be held at Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, New York City. Oliver Kinross is the organiser of this event.

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10. Smart Cities and Buildings Asia (SCB Asia)

Smart Cities and Buildings Asia (SCB Asia) is the region’s leading exhibition for smart technologies in the built environment. The event is an avenue for professionals in the security and construction technologies sectors to exhibit their products and innovations and network with one another.

The 2022 edition will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, from September 6-8. RX Singapore organises the show.

11. The Big 5

The Big 5 is often dubbed the most influential construction event in the Middle East. It is an international building and construction show whose mission is to unite the global construction community and provide a platform where professionals can access cutting-edge innovation and knowledge in the industry.

Since The Big 5 was established in 1979, it has been an avenue for industry players to meet, connect,  secure opportunities and grow. From digital construction products and services and building interiors and finishes to intelligent buildings, participants would gain insight into revolutionary technologies in the industry.

Sponsored by several notable partners, the next edition is set to hold over 5,000 attendees and is scheduled to hold from 5-8 December 2022. DMG events are the organisers of The Big 5 event, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center.

12. Matecia Building Material Exhibition

Matecia Building Material Exhibition is an international construction event held in New Delhi, India. The exhibition is often attended by architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, construction project managers, and other professionals in the built environment space.

The next edition will hold for three days from September 2-4, 2022, at Pragati Madan, New Delhi. The event is organised by the Materials Architecture Technology Engineering Construction Interiors and Arts (MATECIA) society.

13. Korea Build Week

Korea Build Week is the region’s top construction, architecture, and interior design exhibition. The exhibition covers innovations and products in interior design, offsite construction, real estate, modular, and gardening industries. The annual event is scheduled to hold next on February 16-19, 2023, at Ilsan, South Korea. MESSE ESANG organises the event.

Conclusion

Undoubtedly, attending construction events outside your home country opens new business opportunities for you. Also, the knowledge gained from these events helps you become more productive in your profession. And you might meet a member of one of PlanRadar’s international teams while you visit!

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