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Overview of an outdoor lot at CONEXPO 2020.

Industry Prepares for Largest CONEXPO and IFPE to Date

Dec. 12, 2022
The 2023 edition will be 5% larger than the 2020 show with over 1,800 exhibitors highlighting the latest construction equipment and related technologies.

The 2023 edition of CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are set to be the largest yet. Already considered to be North America's largest trade show, more exhibition space will make the 2023 show even larger. 

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) — owner of the show — all available CONEXPO exhibition space has officially been sold. It is expected to be 5% larger than the 2020 edition with 1,800 exhibitors for attendees to visit and 150 educational sessions available.

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Helping to increase the size of the event is the addition of the new West Hall and Diamond Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This brings the total square footage of exhibit space to 2.8 million. 

While the show is larger, AEM believes it will be easier to get around it now that the underground transportation system designed by Elon Musk's The Boring Company is available. Tesla vehicles run underneath the convention center to transport attendees between various halls; known as the Convention Center Loop, the system aims to transport people in under 2 minutes free of charge. 

Attendance at the 2023 show is trending at a higher level as well. AEM reports the current pace of attendee registration is nearly double what it was for the 2020 show at this time. 

International Exhibitors and Attendees Return

After the travel bans which kept many from being able to attend the 2020 edition, AEM reports international exhibitors and attendees are preparing to be at the 2023 show. At the time of publishing this piece, the association said the largest groups of international registrations are coming in from Canada, Australia, the UK, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Being able to have an international audience is beneficial for the show, particularly IFPE said John Rozum, show director for the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) in an AEM press release. "These are the engineers, the product planners, the executives from OEMs all over the world. The fluid power and motion control technology on display at IFPE is what makes the construction equipment you see at CONEXPO-CON/AGG work, and that doesn't change regardless of where the product is made."

To help make business connections between international companies and attendees, the International Trade Center (ITC) will be back for the 2023 show. 

IFPE is currently reporting over 375 exhibitors will be at the show highlighting their latest hydraulic, pneumatic and power transmission technologies.  

Sustainability to be Key Topic of Focus

AEM said the 2023 show will have its largest focus on sustainability to date. 

"The construction industry and CONEXPO-CON/AGG are evolving in many ways to adapt and showcase sustainable technologies, products and practices supporting a more sustainable world," said CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show Director Dana Wuesthoff, in a press release from the association. "More than ever, show attendees will see sustainability in action, from electric and hydrogen powered construction equipment, to more recyclable materials and waste reduction opportunities, to changes we’re making to the show to better support sustainability."

Several educational sessions at the event will focus on sustainability. The show has also formed an partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Through this partnership, a tree will be planted for each show registrant; the goal is to plant as many as 130,000 trees in forests with the greatest need. By doing so, show organizers hope to help offset some of the emissions associated with producing such a large trade show.

OEMs and component suppliers across the show will highlight a range of technologies aimed at helping to reduce the construction industry's carbon footprint. A sampling of these technologies will include: 

  • Volvo Construction Equipment exhibiting electric and autonomous machinery, as well as its prototype hydrogen articulated hauler.
  • Caterpillar Inc. plans to show four battery-electric machines and its prototype batteries which were also shown at bauma held in October 2022. 
  • Briggs & Stratton will show its Vanguard lithium-ion batteries. 
  • B3C Fuel Solutions intends to exhibit lubricants which are non-toxic and biodegradable to minimize environmental impacts should a leak occur. 

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Automation, digitalization and other major industry trends will sure to be highlighted as well during the 2023 show. A white paper from show organizers highlights how many of these trends are impacting the fluid power industry and the potential benefits which can be achieved. 

CONEXPO and IFPE 2023 is scheduled for March 14-18, 2023.

Have you registered for CONEXPO or IFPE yet? If not, use the code PR30 to get 30% off your registration through January 6, 2023. 

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Technical Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is technical editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

You can follow Sara and Power & Motion via the following social media handles:

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