Showcasing an event that has seen significant growth through strategic partnerships formed with industry players such as Media in Africa.

Several positive trends were noted by the organisers of Interbuild Africa 2014, which was held in August at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.

Together with its co-located events – Glass Expo Africa, Plumbdrain Africa, EcoAfribuild, Hardex Africa and Woodpro Africa, the expo welcomed several local and international visitors. In fact, there were more than 300 international visitors from across 46 countries. “Interbuild Africa 2014 saw an increase of 15% compared to the 2012 show, and suggests that the industry is experiencing a very positive growth trend,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery.

Media in Africa was one of the exhibitors at the show, and staffers from two of its titles, namely FLOORS in Africa and Walls & Roofs magazines, used this opportunity to welcome several visitors to its stand. As a result, Media in Africa was afforded the opportunity to communicate each publication’s role in terms of informing and educating the built industry through its vast compilation of content, both online and in print.

This expo also offered an array of free-to-attend seminars, with industry experts sharing invaluable information with attendees. These seminars took place over three days, with numerous topics presented. For example, “Excellence in Architecture” aimed to define exactly what this entails within the realm of architecture and how industry players need to strive towards achieving excellence to further uplift this very diverse sector.

Other topics of discussion included:
•    The essentials to surviving as an SME;
•    The new construction regulations and the impact on occupational health and safety;
•    Taking architecture into the future;
•    The key to sustainable architecture; and
•    Sustainability in concrete.

The above is by no means an exhaustive list. All the seminars proved to be very popular, with significant attendance from visitors and industry players alike. Each seminar went into great detail, discussing various elements while ensuring that everyone could take something from these discussions and turn the knowledgeable words into practical implementation methods.

“Given some of the valuable feedback received from visitors and exhibitors at this year’s show, we are already putting plans in place for the introduction of some exciting new features at our 2016 edition of Interbuild Africa, which will take place from 17-20 August 2016 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec,” Gary concludes.