IFPE 2014, and its co-located partner, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, attracted 129,364 total registered attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 4-8, 2014, with international registrations totaling more than 31,000, or an increase of nine percent from the most recent events. Representing 170 countries, international registrations accounted for 24 percent of total attendees matching the record set in 2011. Both shows set new records for exhibit space and number of exhibitors, IFPE with more than 161,000 net square feet and 400 exhibitors, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG with more than 2.35 million net square feet of exhibit space and more than 2,000 exhibitors.
Attendees said they were at the show to examine the global showcase of the newest product innovations and technologies; exhibitors cited the high quality of customers—they said these were serious buyers and reported robust sales to existing as well as new customers that exceeded their expectations. More than 75 percent of show attendees were in managerial roles (with 36 percent of these with the top titles of president/owner and vice president/general manager/chief financial officer).
A record 41,000 education ticket sales were sold to the shows’ education programs, underscoring their relevance to helping attendees succeed in today’s business environment. The IFPE Technical Conference hosted over 80 presentations, emphasizing new technologies and methods related to improved analysis, design, manufacture, and performance of fluid power components and systems for mobile and industrial markets. It was joined by half-day “college-level courses.”
NFPA hosted a number of meetings during IFPE—including the International Fluid Power Summit with representatives and presentations from 12 participating countries. Presentations from this Summit include trends and forecasts for all participating countries. In addition, six subgroups of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 131 met in conjunction with IFPE. Experts in pneumatic component reliability, connectors, contamination control, hydraulic valves, pneumatic control products and sealing devices took the opportunity to do some standards development while at the show.
Thank you to all exhibitors and members that supported IFPE 2014.
Mark Your Calendar
The next IFPE will be held in March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Stay tuned to NFPA News for exhibiting opportunities and more information as it becomes available.