African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos prepares industry and government for urbanisation rates of 74% by 2035

20 October 2015

African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos, Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the cement, concrete and construction industries holds its 4th annual edition from 9 to 11 May 2016 at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for unprecedented growth with the region’s population forecast to grow from 1.1 billion people in 2013 to 2.4 billion by 2050. Consumer spending is forecast to rise from USD $1 trillion to USD $4.7-trillion over the same period.

In addition, transport volume demand is expected to climb by a factor of between six and eight by 2040 and urbanisation rates are expected to climb from 63% in 2014 to 74% by 2035 in South African cities alone.

As Africa’s construction industry leaders gear up to support long-term development initiatives designed to underpin growth forecasts, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos provides a unique gateway into doing construction business across the continent’s high growth and high risk markets.

Cement and concrete companies who are facing increasing competition in the South African market are now looking across borders into the higher margin growth that is happening throughout sub -Saharan nations.

African growth presents huge business opportunities for the cement industry in particular because the subcontinent requires 40 million tonnes of new capacity.

Both industry titans and new entrants into the local marketplace find value in the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos experience because the platform provides an outlet for construction business development but also offers practical insight into managing daily operations in the African context.

Over the course of three days, the 2016 edition of the event brings together more than 6000 construction experts from across the continent next May to facilitate an interactive exchange of knowledge and promote cross-border collaboration.

The conference offers innovative and interactive content delivery that addresses strategic issues affecting infrastructure delivery and discusses the latest developments and technologies associated with the cement, concrete and construction industries.

An indoor-outdoor exhibition showcases the latest products and solutions available to deliver projects on time and on budget and offers free technical training workshops aimed to promote capacity building and skills development for the local built environment.

An independent event survey conducted by a research engine called Explori in 2015 revealed that participants to the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos rate the event highly and express a high likelihood of return, citing that the event has the best content, scoring well above other major conferences catering to the African construction industry.

“It was a very successful show for us where we made a number of high quality new contacts and reinvigorated old relationships.
Most beneficial for us were the direct introductions to specific people in various governmental and business organisations,” says Michael Canfield, Communications Manager at The Gauteng Asphalt Group of Companies, of the event.

Endorsed by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa and sponsored by Marley Building Systems, AfriSam, Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), Priedemann and Stihl, African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is the only all things cement, concrete and construction event in Africa that provides the entire industry ecosystem with the tools and solutions to navigate Africa’s high growth markets and ensure ROI on projects of all sizes.


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