A benchmark event dedicated to the European concrete market, WORLD OF CONCRETE EUROPE (WOC Europe), first launched in 2015 in association with INFORMA EXHIBITIONS, will be held from 23 to 28 April 2018 as part of INTERMAT Paris, combining exhibition space, an educational forum and a demonstration zone.
Under the banner of "Connecting the Concrete Sector", this event unites all of the European players and aims to fulfil their expectations whilst also maintaining and enhancing the sector's relations with its stakeholders.
With aggregate turnover of 12 billion euros(1) (figure for March 2015) in France and almost 65, 000 direct jobs offering local employment, the Concrete Sector (FIB, SFIC, SNBPE, SYNAD, UNICEM, UNPG)(2) actively contributes to the vitality and development of regions.
"Concrete is the most widely used material in the world, with applications in building construction, renovation, public works, and decoration. Trhough a wide-ranging offer in both content and format, WOC Europe will fulfil the needs of the Concrete Sector market in Europe and will offer a global vision of the entire sector with a glimpse of the latest trends in concrete technology. By accommodating World of Concrete Europe for the second time, the exhibition INTERMAT 2018 also demonstrates its desire to put into perspective the purpose of concrete production and laying equipment," says Isabelle Alfano, Exhibition Director of INTERMAT and WOC Europe.
An exhaustive spectrum of the latest breakthroughs in the European concrete market
As the only European event dedicated to concrete and aimed at industry players working in construction and infrastructure, the show brings together market leaders to give visitors an exhaustive overview and an expert vision of the latest breakthroughs in technology, digital, aesthetics and environment, whether in products, technology, applications or equipment.
All of the key players in the European concrete sector will be in attendance to create a unique platform, engage with all of the figures in the profession, display their business activity and vitality, support an attractive and fast-changing sector and be the ambassadors for the image of a universal, innovative, versatile and multi-faceted material.
QUADRA, PUTZMEISTER, SKAKO, FRUMECAR, MAPEI, CHRYSO, CIFA, SCHWING STETTER, MECBO, TEKA France, Trimble Solutions, and Wacker Neuson have already confirmed their participation at the forthcoming WOCE Europe.
The combination of an exhibition area, and educational forum and a demonstration zone will allow visitors to discover the full range available in the concrete sector, from the earliest stage of production (materials, products and additives) to the end of the cycle (decorative concrete, coating, coverings, engineering, and services).
« The concrete sector makes a substantial contribution to cater to the new challenges of the energy and digital transition an set out to conquer cities and regions : it's a proximity industry, with an asserted commitment to the functionalities, etc. 2018 promises to be another year of growth. Our companies will therefore require visibility more than ever to highlight their capacity to respond to the issues of worksite safety, management and efficiency, but also source information on the latest developments in equipment or applications to succeed and make their projects last in the long term, adds Philippe Gruat, Chairman of the French Concrete Industry Federation (FIB).
Talks and lectures : specialists mobilised around "the contribution of concrete to new collective challenges"
To respond to current challenges in the concrete sector such as innovation, the circular economy, sustainability, etc., sector experts have drawn up a programme of educational talks and workshops on the most topical subjects on the market. This forum thus promotes dialogue and information sharing between industry professionals.
Members of the WOCE Sterring Committee :
- Anouk THEBAULT, Director of Professional Relations,CERIB,
- Estelle REVEILLARD, Head of Communications and Public Relations, CIMBETON,
- Frédéric GLUZIKI,Editor in chief, Béton[S] le Magazine,
- Julien BEIDELER, Secretary General, UMGO,
- Vincent SIMON, Deputy Secretary General, UMGO,
- Christophe JEAUNEAU, Chief Executive, MAPEI.
A "Concrete Demos" space to hold nonstop features
The "Concrete Demos" space will host nonstop features dedicated to applications of concrete products, in particular decorative, polished, bush-hammered and printed. These highlights will also showcase the methods of layers and the demonstrations of tools and equipment of concrete industry experts.
About the organisers
S.E. INTERMAT brings together the trade organisations of equipment manufacturers and importers :
- CISMA, the French association of equipment manufacturers for construction, infrastructure, steel and handling equipment industries,
- SEIMAT, the French association of international civil engineering, mining, construction and hoisting equipment industries,
- Comexposium, a European leader in event organisation.
The COMEXPOSIUM Group, one of the world leaders in event organisation, is involved in more than 170 consumer and trade events, covering 11 different sectors of activity such as food, agriculture, fashion, homeland security, construction, high-tech, optic and transport. COMEXPOSIUM hosts 45,000 exhibitors and more than 3 million visitors in 26 countries around the world.
COMEXPOSIUM is developing worldwide through its activities in around thirty countries : Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the Unites Kingdom and the United States.
- Patricia Desmerger, PR and Communications Consultancy : firstname.lastname@example.org – 01.42.02.45.44
Press Office : Rumeur Publique
- Claire Ciangura : email@example.com – 01.55.74.52.12
- Lucie Daudigny : firstname.lastname@example.org – 01.55.74.37.27
- Chloé Méhat : email@example.com - 01.55.74.52.35
Educational forum contact
- Catherine Alcocer, CATICOM, PR and Communications Consultancy : firstname.lastname@example.org – 06.82.85.59.63
- Laura Sanchez, Communication Director, COMEXPOSIUM : email@example.com – 01.76.77.16.30
- Isabelle Alfano, Exhibition Director, INTERMAT and WOC Europe : firstname.lastname@example.org – 01.76.77.11.07
 Source : Concrete Sector
 French Concrete Federation (FIB)
French Cement Industry Association (SFIC)
National Union of quarrying and construction materials industries (UNICEM)
National ready mix concrete association (SNBPE)
National Union of aggregate producers (UNPG).