The building, architecture and construction trade exhibition, Form & Function has been successfully launched in Sydney. More than 7,500 qualified trade visitors attended the three-day event, recording a 28% increase in visitor attendance compared to 2005. Form & Function was held from Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th April at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

Form & Function is co-located with designEX, Australia’s premier commercial and residential design exhibition. Nearly 22,000 trade professionals visited the combined event over three days. Form & Function is held in collaboration with The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) and an additional 770 delegates from the RAIA’s 2006 National Conference, ‘The future is now!’ attended the exhibition.

The event is supported by key industry organisations, including the Master Builders Association of New South Wales (MBA), Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA), Vinyl Council of Australia, the Building Designers Association of New South Wales (BDA) and the National Precast Concrete Association Australia (NPCAA).

The Form & Function Free Seminar Series, organised by the CCAA, BDA and Vinyl Council of Australia, was a huge success, with Form & Function visitors taking advantage of the opportunity to hear from local and international industry leaders about important issues facing the industry.

New products and ideas are an important feature of Form & Function, and the New Product Award recognises the most exciting and innovative product at the exhibition. New Water won the 2006 award for its product, Aqua Reviva, an Australian-designed system that treats household grey water without the need for intrusive excavation.

The Form & Function Best Stand Awards are another highlight of Form & Function. Ceilings By Design won the Best Pre-Built Stand Award and Pilkington (Australia) Ltd won the Best Custom-Built Stand Award.

Form & Function is organised by the international exhibition company, dmg world media. The event is held annually and alternates between Sydney and Melbourne. The exhibition will return to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from 19th – 21st April 2007.