Intermat – Something for Everyone


January 1, 2009

Visitors will find all of “the usual suspects” at the show this year, as well as several new features that will focus on the hot topics of today.

by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor

From April 20 through April 25, the Paris-Nord Villepente Convention and Exhibition Center will be packed with thousands of major players from the construction and construction materials industry. Intermat expects to set a record in attendance with more than 200,000 visitors.

The convention center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, providing visitors with a glimpse of the latest products, equipment, and technology available in the industry.

Manufacturers will be on hand to point out special features and answer questions about their products. Side-by-side comparisons will help with the decision-making process for choosing the right piece of equipment.

A full 30,000 square meters of outdoor demonstration space will be available to exhibitors, providing them with an opportunity to show visitors how their machinery performs in a real construction-site setting. The demonstrations are life size and in real time, making them a favorite among industry professionals and all who attend.

Intermat will feature several new initiatives this year, addressing many of the concerns voiced around the world. In addition to the traditional sectors exhibiting at Intermat, the show is promoting high-potential industries that will include:

* Mines & Quarries, Drilling and Boring;

* Equipment, Components, and Accessories; and

* Handling, Logistics, and Forklifts.

Intermat goes “green”

This year, sustainable development and the environment are hot topics that affect every country in attendance. For this reason, Intermat will offer a special focus on those topics through its Innovation Awards and the ECO Public Works Showcase.

* The Innovation Awards will include a newly created Sustainable Development Prize, in addition to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prizes. Winners will be selected from entries submitted by Intermat exhibitors and will be judged by a jury of specialists and experts on a number of criteria including productivity improvements, ease and simplification of maintenance, and ease of use. The jury will include representatives with European technical and technological expertise and skills in the public and private domains. Results will be announced during Pre-Intermat this month; presentation of awards will take place at Intermat during an opening-day ceremony.

* The ECO Public Works Showcase will provide answers to questions based on the same key theme: protecting the environment. Likely discussion topics include the following: How can an environmental approach in the field of public works be demonstrated? How can we highlight the initiatives taken by equipment manufacturers and industrial companies in the construction industry as part of their policy of sustainable development? The showcase will function as an open forum where visitors and exhibitors can discuss concrete projects such as designing specific materials suited to very demanding “green” specifications.

Life on the work site

The welfare of construction site staff is an industry priority, so Intermat is inaugurating “Life on the Work Site.” This new feature will take a comprehensive look at the equipment necessary for worker safety and welfare on a day-to-day basis. The focus will be on the human aspect – the workers, their environment, and the equipment they use.

* Workers: will focus on accident prevention, training, clothing, accommodations, catering, hygiene, medical centers, changing rooms, human resources, etc.

* Construction and site organization: will focus on modular units, office furniture, fire safety, anti-theft systems, supplies for staff instructions, schedules, and task organization software.

* Equipment: will focus on railings, billboards, maintenance equipment, and small tools.

* Other equipment and accessories: will include utility vehicles, topographical instrumentation, fuel pumps, communications systems (GPS, radios, telecommunications devices, etc.), on-site after-sales service software, remote security monitoring, and systems for stopping and intercepting stolen vehicles.

Sustainable roads symposium

Building roads and maintaining them without contributing to the destruction of natural resources or causing ecological damage have become great challenges for equipment manufacturers who must address sustainable development issues. Therefore, Intermat is organizing a symposium on sustainable roads that will consist of two half-day sessions focusing on the latest in sustainable development:

* Machines’ carbon footprint from design to end of life;

* European certification of materials and traceability; and

* Safety, standards, and European regulations.

European manufacturers of road-building machinery and numerous experts will speak about the latest technologies that are shaping tomorrow’s roads. The symposium will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Presentations will be translated simultaneously into English. Admission to the symposium is free.

More information

For more information about the show, or to register for the event, go to the Intermat Web site at Register online or print the registration form, which can be faxed or mailed.

To reserve a hotel room, contact ATI at 46 rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris – France; telephone +33 (0)1 47 27 15 15; fax +33 (0)1 44 05 01 48; e-mail; or go to

Transportation Options

Visitors will find an abundance of transportation choices in Paris for getting around. Taxis are one way to go when out on the town for the evening, but there are other options for getting to and from the show.

* By car – take motorway A1 or A3 in the direction of Lille and head toward Soissons. Follow the signs for the Parc des Expositions – Visitors.

* By TGV train – the TGV train station at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport is located 15 minutes from the Parc des Expositions (accessible via RER, the regional train service), and is linked to some 30 towns in France, Belgium, and even the United Kingdom.

* By RER train – from Paris, take RER Line B toward Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and get off at the Parc des Expositions station. From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, take RER train Line B towards Paris and get off at the Parc des Expositions station (first station after the airport).

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