IFPE 2011, co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG, attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 22-26, 2011. Representing 150 countries, international registrations accounted for a record 24 percent of the total attendees. Overall, 2,400 exhibitors taking more than 2.34 million net square feet of exhibit space contributed to IFPE being the largest show ever and CONEXPO-CON/AGG the second largest in the show’s history.
Attendees said they were at the show to examine the newest equipment, product technologies and innovations to help them prepare for future business; exhibitors cited the high quality of customers and reported strong purchases and sales leads to new as well as existing customers. The majority of show attendees were key company decision-makers, including 44 percent with the top titles of president/owner and vice president/general manager/chief financial officer.
Industry-focused education was an important component of the show experience. There were a record number of education, training and certification programs offered throughout the show. The 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power featured a record 144 presentations, and the Innovations Theater offered 14 sessions dev eloped from abstract submissions for the conference. New for 2011 were the national conference keynote presentations from leading industry and university researchers, and sessions from the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). IFPE also offered attendees additional new training through a number of college-level courses.
NFPA hosted a number of meetings during IFPE--including the International Fluid Power Summit with representatives and presentations from 15 participating countries. The presentations from this Summit can be found here and include trends and forecasts for all participating countries. In addition, seven subgroups of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 131 met in conjunction with IFPE, Experts in accumulators, pneumatic component reliability, connectors, contamination control, hydraulic valves, pneumatic control products and product testing took the opportunity to do some standards development while at the show.
Thank you to all exhibitors and members that supported IFPE 2011.
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The next IFPE exposition will be held March 18-22, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Stay tuned to the Reporter for exhibiting opportunities and more information as it becomes available.