Infrastructure Australia 2007, international trade exhibition on products and services for commercial, industrial and major projects ended on 8th September 2008 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Running in its second year, the management of the organising company, Expotrade , was pleased with the quality of visitors that were attracted to the show. IA 2007 grew by 50% in exhibitor numbers and by 40% in visitor numbers.

Over 20 Victorian city councils, along with representatives from major players in the industry including VicRoads, Multiplex, John Holland, Thiess, Connell Wagner, Abigroup, Department of Infrastructure, FRH Group, Leighton, Citylink, UMS, Melbourne Airport, Port of Melbourne, Hassell, Lend Lease, Mirvac, Parks Victoria, Downer EDI Works, Baulderstone Hornibrook, Building Commission, Bunning Group, Australand and many others attended the show.

The whole idea behind putting up a trade show like this was to attract key decision makers, people who are responsible in making purchasing decisions for their organisations in the infrastructure sector.

IA 2007 was advertised in over 35 trade publications, industry portals and newspapers, including roads, public works engineering, councillor, urban, government news, local government manager, ANCR and many others.

The Best Custom Stand Award went to Traffic Technologies, Best Pre-Built Stand Award to MPS Paving Systems and the Most Innovative Green Product award went to Asset Rehabilitation & Sustainability Services.

What are the plans for next year?

Expotrade has announced two Infrastructure shows for next year, one in Melbourne (August 2008) and the other one in Adelaide (October 2008). The Adelaide show will also feature Conmex, an outdoor/indoor exhibition on Construction & Mining Equipment.

The Adelaide show is supported by the Office of Major Projects & Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. South Australia has emerged as one of Australia’s leading states in infrastructure development and is currently riding high on an economic wave. Records and statistics show that South Australia has reached a record value of $30bn in major developments approved or underway.

With the strong economic rise on the way together with future infrastructure development South Australian investment confidence is at an all time high. The Adelaide show will provide an opportunity to suppliers in this sector to tap into the fast growing South Australian market.