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Pan-industry Construction Summit

Pan-industry Construction Summit

Pan-industry Construction Summit to run alongside Buildnz | Designex 2017.

New Zealand’s largest trade show organiser XPO and New Zealand’s largest conference organiser Conferenz are soon to join forces hosting a pan-industry summit in 2017 alongside “buildnz |designex.”

buildnz | designex has run successfully for more than 30 years, showcasing at the last event more than 270 suppliers of design, build, construction technologies and solutions to 5467 combined builders, registered architects, planners, developers and designer visitors in attendance.* The three-day event has celebrated true innovation in construction with dedicated features across prefabricated design, and even container housing at the prior show.

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buildnz | designex has grown exponentially over the past decade buoyed in no small part from the rebuild of Christchurch, an extended period of growth in the commercial build sector and the very significant housing supply issues continuing to face Auckland. That growth is set to continue with more than $35 billion in annual national construction spend forecasted to 2018.**

The Auckland supply issue, regulatory change, skilled labour shortages and the need for more professional collaboration amongst the sector are just a few of the issues the industry has been talking about for well over a decade at buildnz | designex. XPO, owners and organisers of buildnz | designex have been holding a growing number of industry seminars catering for aspects of these challenges; in part to help deliver CPD and LBP points to industry professionals as part of their ongoing professional development needs. “We’re confident the timing is right however to offer an additional ‘next level’ forum.” Says Brent Spillane Managing Director of XPO. “A summit that draws the most important decision makers in local and central Government, leading trade associations and powerful industry stakeholders. A summit that draws positive debate and ultimately delivers actions in the form of industry ‘White Papers’ – a considered mandate to steer the industry through the challenges that lie ahead.”

To this effect, XPO are delighted to announce teaming up with Conferenz; no strangers to leading the way with industry forums and summits. “Conferenz has by far the best pedigree to deliver summits that result in positive change,” says Brent Spillane Managing Director of XPO. “One only needs to look at the very powerful CEO Summit, CFO Summit and Marketing Summits as examples (of industry leading forums). When you have many thousands of pan-industry attendees attending buildnz | designex, then the opportunity to sit a core group of those experts in a room supported by leading industry associations, suppliers and regulatory bodies, all underpinned by Conferenz’s platform – then this creates a very powerful vehicle for change.”

The XPO / Conferenz team is already in talks with one leading industry association; dialogue they trust will help cluster that all-important pan-industry support for the forum. “There are many industry groups we will need to cater for in this summit. We will be sharing a lot more about the content and nature of the forum in the weeks ahead” says Steve Scott, Managing Director of Conferenz. “Rest assured there have been some very positive high-level discussions that we trust will see a steering committee formed - so that the industry’s needs are catered for.”

In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead with exhibitor interest and booking already very strong for the 2017 wider buildnz | designex show. “We’re keen to break records with the size of the show,” says Spillane, “whether that’s the size of trade attendance, the number of suppliers and/or the size of pan-industry engagement at the summit – watch this space!”

About Conferenz

Conferenz is well positioned as the leader in the New Zealand conference industry to invest in events that will progress the success of New Zealand business.

Conferenz event partnerships include NZTA, NZ Tech Association, Fairfax Media, IDC NZ Ltd, Freeman Media, EY, Education New Zealand, Core Education.

Conferenz has created conferences in the construction/building space for many years and has a strong pan-NZ industry database of over 200,000.

Conferenz is privately owned by Steve Scott.  Steve started the company in 1996 with himself and two others.  Conferenz creates 60 events annually and are based in Albany, Auckland employing 50 staff.

About XPO

XPO Exhibitions Ltd (XPO) owns and organises a portfolio of 13 of New Zealand’s largest and longest-running ‘business-to-business’ trade show exhibitions and events.

XPO purchased the majority of its trade shows from the subsidiary of the Daily Mail Group UK, DMG Worldwide Media NZ Ltd in January 2010.  In 2013 XPO acquired an additional portfolio of industry trade shows from Hayley Media.  XPO has also launched a number of new trade shows including the New Zealand Food Innovation Showcase and Mybiz Expo.

XPO manages more than 15 show-related websites, manages a growing number of industry social media pages and industry blogs, event smartphone apps and publishes in-house a suite of trade show related magazines.

Today XPO manages its own bespoke visitor registration database containing more than 200,000 unique trade industry visitors.


*Circulations Audit Board Certified Attendance in 2015 evidenced 6222 trade visitors across the three days, of which 5467 were unique.

**National Construction Pipeline Report (BRANZ) 

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