Intermat a “stepping stone” in the recovery

Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack Division unveiled the SJ86 T telescopic boom at Intermat 2015

THE 10th Intermat event in Paris was declared a “dynamic event” despite visitor numbers being down slightly on 2012’s record attendance.

183,000 visitors were recorded during the six-day event, which provides a showcase for construction equipment. These numbers are slightly down (-8.5%) compared to those of 2012. However, organisers were satisfied with the turnout given the complex and uncertain economic climate. Moreover, Intermat cemented its international focus with 35% of visitors coming from 168 countries including from the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

For the 1,410 exhibiting companies (+5%) with high expectations of this three-yearly event, Intermat 2015 offered an opportunity to prepare for the future thanks to its strong international appeal and its ability to attract high quality visitors with investment projects, many of which were decided at the show.

Maryvonne Lanoë, Show Director, said, “Intermat 2015 was a stepping stone in the chronicle of the internationally-announced recovery. The general consensus is that high-ranking visitors and project initiators made this a dynamic show that gave a confidence boost to everyone working in the sector.”

The first ever World of Concrete Europe organised by Intermat 2015 offered a brand new platform to showcase the concrete industry. It attracted 200 upstream and downstream exhibitors and was a highly-anticipated event for the concrete industry as it offered new visitor profiles. The final report – currently being analysed – will provide accurate details about these new categories.

Intermat 2015 was officially opened by Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, and Bruno Cavagné, President of FNTP. During the week packed with networking opportunities, Intermat organised three special days to officially welcome ambassadors from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and receive official delegations from those countries as well as from Algeria.

More than 100 new products and innovations were presented at stands, the best of which were recognised by the Innovation Awards, awarded during the Pre-Intermat held this January in Paris.