This year’s two-day Mega Event construction trade show held in Auckland in November — including BuildNZ, Facilities Integrate and the National Safety Show — welcomed more than 210 exhibitors and 3200 qualified industry professionals.
The show delivered an extensive programme of educational seminars and a showcase of the latest technology and product innovations in the market.
XPO events director Tony Waite says the bringing together of the three highly successful shows has firmly cemented the event as the premier national exhibition catering for all aspects of construction, facilities management, architecture, design and safety.
“At no other time has an event like this been so important to the recovery of the sector,” Waite says.
“It has been the most incredible journey for all involved, following not only the initial Covid-19 lockdown in March, but the second one in August which forced the doors shut on the eve of the event’s original opening date.
“The resilience of all involved has been nothing less than incredible — a great example of an industry that unites for the greater good at a time of crisis.”
Highlights included international speaker Doris Sung who was an inspiration to all as she was cast live from Los Angeles, presenting her incredible research of smart materials to revolutionise the way skins of buildings will be designed in the future.
Add to this the Bunnings Trade speaker series and Speedfloor education zone, hosted breakfasts, meetings and a very busy exhibitor/VIP function, and it was clear that the industry was thankful to be able to meet again in person and with no restrictions.
Next year’s event will be held at around the same time as this year’s rescheduled show — on November 3-4, 2021, instead of in August.