buildnz designex 17 — the biggest show in years


More than 5000 builders, designers, architects and safety specialists attended three busy days exploring the latest product innovations and new technologies shaping the future of their industry at the buildnz designex trade show in Auckland recently.

The show’s largest-ever schedule of national and international speakers educated and presented best practise solutions also helped cement the show as the country’s largest industry trade event.

buildnz designex once again co-located with The National Safety Show, providing an opportunity for visitors to stay on top of OSH regulations and to view latest workplace health and safety solutions.

As Auckland’s construction boom continues to grow at unprecedented levels, this year’s event presented a range of new initiatives and much more interactive special features designed to address some of the challenges currently facing the industry.

Such initiatives included the BCITO Business Growth Hub which offered the chance for employers to meet potential apprentices and learn about the tool kit to successful hiring.

The “Pledge 1000 Apprentices” initiative saw trade visitors pledge online just how many staff they were looking for before meeting up with the BCITO team.

The PrefabNZ and Unitec interactive display saw university students applying their knowledge to prefabricated structures onsite.

The Build Summit was a brand-new initiative providing an intensive two-day conference-style option for business owners to hear from more than 30 industry leaders.

The industry-led seminars featured more than 80 topics from 85 speakers, touching on current industry topics, from the benefits of BIM to building sustainability, and the latest regulations around product compliance and evaluations.

XPO Exhibitions is excited to announce that next year buildnz designex, co-located with the National Safety Show, returns to Auckland as demand for the region’s construction boom continues.

With a high number of exhibitors already confirmed, next year in July is set to be even bigger.

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