Players in the construction and building materials sub-sectors of the nation’s economy are expected to converge at the 4th International Construction, Building Materials & Technologies Exhibition which is a platform for building, construction and related industries’ operators to display their latest products, services, innovations and offer solutions to contractors, built environment professionals such as architects who are specifiers, quantity surveyors, building materials dealers and others.
Subsequently, the issue of incessant building collapse across the country, which has remained a source of worry to Nigerians, will take the centre stage at the three-day expo which is billed to take place at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos between June 27 and 29, 2019.
The theme for this year is “Value Engineering Building and Construction Industry: The Role of Technology”.
Briefing the press on the 4th edition of the annual international expo being organised by Elan Exhibition West Africa Limited, Mr. Jude Chime, who is the coordinator of the building and construction expo, said the exhibition is very important because of the incessant building collapses being recorded across the country.
Chime who noted that the exhibition has the support of built environment professional bodies such as Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN, Women Engineers, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors NIS, Association of Professional Women Engineers APWEN and others, said the participation of built environment professionals at the exhibition will expose them to building materials and construction equipment that will be on display. “They will interface with manufacturers and suppliers of building materials as well as construction equipment manufacturers and suppliers as users of the materials and equipment. They will ascertain the quality and standards of the materials and equipment, and they can advise where necessary to avoid the use of sub-standard materials during construction of buildings”.
Explaining the choice of technology in the theme, Chime said “Technology gives a whole lot of options to chose from in the absence of the actual material specified. Technology is dynamic, this dynamism makes it possible to have various options as alternatives where the actual recommended materials are not available”.
The exhibition coordinator who disclosed that 50 exhibitors are expected at the three-day expo, said foreign exhibitors are coming from Spain, Italy, Germany, Morocco and South Africa, while local exhibitors from Nigeria are expected to dominate the 2019 edition of Elan expo.
Reiterating that the exhibition is to boost trade, he stated that “It is a place to meet different clients and suppliers in Africa. This is a kind of trade fair which allows the potential buyer the flexibility in seeing various brands of a product before taking the decision on the one to patronise. This is why we call on all our built environment professionals to be in attendance during the exhibition”.
Chime who disclosed that the high point of the exhibition is seminar specifically meant to talk about building/construction industry in Nigeria as well as building materials, said “The International Construction Summit 2019 brings together developers, engineers, architects, contractors, financial institutions and other key stakeholders to lead and accelerate the digital innovation in the construction supply chain”.
According to him, speakers at the seminar are expected from Turkey, South Africa and Nigeria.