This year I have been very fortunate to participate in several construction trade shows. The World of Concrete and CONEXPO-CON/AGG were both an excellent sources of information and continued education. The common thread shared at both shows was the rising of petroleum dependency. Of course, The World of Concrete proposed roadways constructed with cement having less volatile bidding concern as opposed to their asphalt counterparts.
At CONEXPO, fuel economy and compliance with tougher environmental standards were the common themes at all the manufacturers’ booths.
CONEXPO had over 2,000 exhibiters using 2.2 million sq. ft. of exhibit space to showcase the latest in innovative equipment and technologies. John Deere wasn’t hard to find with over 37,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space displaying over 36 pieces of equipment and 15 hands-on simulators.
At John Deere, green wasn’t only the concept or the distinctive trade colors, but also an engineering reality. Incorporated into a massive rubber tire loader was an electric generator. This pairing showcased how transfer of power could be split between the generator and the diesel power plant. The generator boosts the hydraulics while the power plant maintains the drive train.
Local markets are affected because of global events. Whether it is the earthquake in Japan, uprising in the Middle East, or our slow rebounding economy, fuel efficiency remains a common rally point.