Intermat 2012 attracts record numbers in Paris
Intermat is a leading global event for professionals in the construction and public works sector, that takes place every three years and isn't short of visitors. This global event attracts major players in the construction industry - exhibiting new equipment and techniques for the civil engineering and construction industries and boasts a large range of the latest powered access equipment. This year it ran from the 16-21 April 2012 and took place in Paris, at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
The event has over 355,000 square metres of exhibition space and is the only show like it to have an outside demonstration area of 10,000 square metres - that's used as an enormous open-air construction area for exhibitors' machines.
IPAF commissioned two graffiti artists to to create a piece of urban art at the event, celebrating aerial platform safety. The artists from Wet Paint Productions, sprayed two 7m x 4m canvasses over six days at the construction show, working from a boom and scissor lift.
According to its organiser, Comexposium, the event attracted record numbers of people this year - with over 200,000 people, (previously in 2006, the event has attracted 209,000 people). Comexposium also said that the number of identified trade visitors this year had increased by 15.8 per cent, at 145,082 people - with 34.2 per cent (49620) coming from the outside of France.
Companies with exhibition space at Intermat totalled 1350, two thirds of whom were from outside France and there were significant orders signed throughout the exhibition;
Exhibition manager Maryvonne Lanoe said; "The total value of the equipment on display over the six days was estimated at 2 billion dollars, some 5 per cent of which translated into orders, an equivalent of approximately 100 million dollars."