Late night opening at DesignBUILD on Thursday continued to see industry trades and professionals descend on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, as they sourced new innovations and ideas to save them time and money and win more contracts.
Exhibition Manager, Frank Matus, said there was a real buzz onsite throughout Wednesday and during yesterday’s late night opening, with registration numbers indicating that today would be just as successful.
“Walking around the DesignBUILD show floor, it’s actually been quite hard to speak directly with exhibitors because they always seem to be engaged with visitors – whether they are talking about specifications or demonstrating how a tool or product works.
“Exhibitors that I have spoken to seem particularly impressed with the high standard of relevant industry visitors, while visitors are telling us that the exhibitor mix is not just appropriate but inspiring,” he said.
Mr Matus said it was incredibly important for DesignBUILD to get the mix exactly right, so that industry professionals had easy access to one location to see all the elements important to building and designing innovatively, sustainably and successfully.
“We’re not just about Green Building, but we do have the largest ever Green Building Zone, and we’re not just about new tools, but we do have Live Demo Stations showcasing leading brands.
“We’ve also got a CPD accredited seminar series running and work vehicles covered with the Mazda BT-50 on show, as well as an International Pavilion for those who want to see what’s trending around the globe,” he said.
Mr Matus added that the seminar series has also been popular with speakers such as Cameron Rosen from Australian Living attracting a sell-out audience, with seminars continuing today including ‘Utilising apprentices in your workforce’ by Apprentice Group Australia and ‘How to get published’ presented by an Australian Institute of Architects panel.
“Although the construction landscape might be a bit soft on the ground, we’re seeing people who want to stay on the leading edge of construction skills and design innovations continue to drive the industry forward.
“These are industry leaders who are embracing the opportunity to see new Australian and international products, hear from industry experts on trends and new developments and talk to leading manufacturers and suppliers.
“They are positioning themselves to win more work and deliver better building outcomes and DesignBUILD offers that opportunity in one easy location,” he said.
DesignBUILD is open until 5pm today. Attendance to the expo, which is open at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 – 29 June, is free for industry trades and professionals. Find out more at www.designbuildexpo.com.au