New product launches at trade-only event
A "first of its kind" building industry trade-only event for Canterbury starts on Thursday and organisers say the show will bring new and varied products to the Christchurch rebuild.
The three-day show, Canterbury buildnz designex, is being hosted in the Horncastle Arena, formerly CBS Arena, in Addington, Christchurch.
Organiser Tony Waite said given the event was not a consumer homes show, it was tightly controlled in terms of registered attendees, who include architects, designers, builders and construction companies.
His company, XPO Exhibitions, also had an Auckland trade-only building sector event that had been running for more than 20 years.
More than 150 exhibitors and 2500 visitors from the building, design and construction industries were expected. Visitors would mainly come from the Canterbury region although some would be from overseas.
While consumer shows had higher attendance numbers, those who went to trade-only events tended to "spend up large", Waite said. There would be new products.
"For instance, Fletcher windows are launching a brand new window system that reduces window fitting by an extreme amount of time. So we'll be launching new product to the industry," Waite said.
The show had the support of industry associations and local and central government, including the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera), and would bring industry professionals, innovators and industry educators together to share ideas, showcase the latest products and develop important business relationships.
An estimated 16,000 homes and 1000 central city buildings were destroyed in the quakes and the rebuild of these and many more was only just beginning, Waite said.
Cera would be showcasing and educating visitors on a new online planning tool that would achieve significant savings and efficiencies for builders and constructors.
Cera's forward works viewer was an online tool to be used to co-ordinate the rebuild activity in Christchurch through shared information about planned construction and repairs, Waite said.