Giants of the built environment set their stalls at ecobuild 2018

by Georgie Baxter

ecobuild, the must-go-to event for forward-thinking professionals in the built environment, has announced a host of renowned global names exhibiting at the 2018 show, which will take place from 6th to 8th March 2017 at ExCeL London. The list includes a range of returning long-time partners showcasing new developments and exciting projects alongside innovative exhibitors making their debut at the show.

Over 450 exhibitors will showcase their expertise across eight futurebuild districts – Concrete, Timber, Energy & HVAC, Green & Blue Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Offsite, Building Performance and District Energy – which will surround the conference arena and sustainability showcases, hosting innovative solutions and ideas to some of the built environment’s biggest issues.

Among the extensive list of companies that will be sharing their sustainability strategies, products and solutions at the event is ROCKWOOL. The advanced building insulation provider is dedicated to tackling today’s biggest sustainability anddevelopment challenges, with particular focus on educating the building and construction industry on fire safety. Joining ROCKWOOL on the list of newcomers to ecobuild, is precast concrete specialist FP McCann, a big player in the development of offsite precast modular building structures. Daikin UK, a leading manufacturer and supplier of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment, is another newcomer to the 2018 event, and will be showcasing its range of products and solutions.

First-time exhibitor Innovate UK, which has been successfully commercialise world-class UK research for the last 10 years, will be offering businesses expert advice and support in getting to market, and scaling up.

This year’s event will also host the high-profile product launch of Airlite, a revolutionary paint technology turning walls into natural air purifiers. Airlite; which is pollution neutralising, bacteria and mould preventing and air filtering; will be demonstrated with attendee participation at each end of this year’s central walkway, named the Airlite Drive.

Mark Ivory, Commercial Director at Airlite, said: “ecobuild is THE only British show to fully examine, educate and exhibit companies, products and solutions that will help to make our world a better place. For these reasons it was the natural platform for the UK launch of Airlite, the world’s most innovative technology in tackling issues with pollution, super bugs, bacteria and mould.”

Innovate UK’s Sarah Eager, Innovation Lead for Smart Infrastructure and Infrastructure Systems, said: “Innovate UK is attending ecobuild this year in order to demonstrate real examples of innovative products and services available in the built environment. We are showcasing seven companies we have funded, who work in areas including smart materials, energy and water efficiency, battery storage and BIM in the cloud, so would encourage people to come and see our stand and network with us.”

As well as a host of first-time exhibitors, ecobuild 2018 will see the return of some big industry names following their success at last year’s event. The extensive list includes modular construction giant, Portakabin; which will be showcasing its solutions for both interim and permanent bespoke offsite modular buildings; and construction material expert, Saint-Gobain, which is also sponsoring this year’s main conference programme.

CEMEX, one of the world’s leading providers of concrete, aggregates and admixtures, is also returning to ecobuild, showcasing the work of its Global Research and Development centre in developing pioneering concrete designs for today’s demanding industry. Returning for its eighth year, Innasol Ltd will be presenting its offering of smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective ways to heat and power homes and businesses. Another returning giant is Uponor, providers of plumbing, underfloor heating, local heat distribution and infrastructure solutions. This year, Uponor will be promoting its range of pre-insulated pipes, including products which offer a 40% improvement in heat loss.

Joining the list of high-profile returning exhibitors is ACO Technologies, showcasing its unique and pioneering solutions for surface water management, offering high performance, long life and environmental excellence. Following the sustainability trend, Bauder will also be returning to exhibit, offering its expertise in renewable energy generation and green roofs as well as insulation and waterproofing solutions. Innovative utility metering specialist, Diehl Metering, is another returning to this year’s event, with a showcase of its high quality meters and cutting edge IoT digital communications.

Silvio Spiess, CEO at Innasol, commented: “ecobuild is the main B2B show for Innasol, where we look to find new installation partnerships, discuss potential projects and meet with our existing partner network. ecobuild is a good platform to get a feel of the surrounding market conditions and network with industry colleagues. Indeed, it has introduced us to several companies that have ultimately become our long term business partners. We look forward to attending for the eighth year running!”

Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Events, said: “The extensive list of leading companies exhibiting are all playing an active role in helping achieve sustainability for the entire industry. This year’s event is providing the perfect platform for exhibitors to collaborate and address the key issues of sustainability in the built environment with attendees, creating solutions for a more sustainable future.”

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