The demolition show DEMCON, which will be held at InfraCity north of Stockholm, is the world’s largest trade fair specifically for the demolition industry. Held from the 27-28 September, the evening of the first day of the show will see the Swedish Demolition Prize being awarded to entrepreneurs and manufacturers.
On 27-28 September this year, DEMCON will be held for the seventh time. The show is aimed at contractors involved in demolition, concrete cutting, concrete flooring, sanitation, hydrodemolition, recycling crushing and scrap handling - effectively anything and anybody involved in demolition. Although a pan-European show, the majority of visitors and exhibitors come from Sweden and the other Nordic countries.
A Real Industry Party
DEMCON possesses a narrow industry and geographical focus, being mainly attended by professionals from the Nordic countries. “DEMCON is like a big family party where many of the exhibitors and visitors have known each other for a long time. It’s a lovely feeling that I have not experienced at any other trade fair,” says Jan Hermansson, project manager for DEMCON.
At DEMCON, there is a wide selection of the latest developments in demolition, rehabilitation, concrete cutting, recycling, hydrodemolition, grinding and polishing of concrete floors, dust and slurry handling and much more. In addition to the indoor hall exhibition, there is also an outdoor area where visitors can test the machines.
The show has grown since its beginnings, as when the exhibition began, there were usually 30 or so exhibiting companies; this year, the fair is almost fully booked with two of the major brand names for quick couplings, OilQuick and Steelwrist, exhibiting for the first time. A number of other new exhibitors have also been added, as well as brand leaders from the concrete cutting industry.
Differing Sponsorship Levels
This year the exhibition is sponsored by a number of companies, with two new levels of sponsorships having been added. The diamond level (the main sponsor), is Swedish Diamond tool Consulting (SDC). The Ruby level is also new, and is Pentruder. The Platinum sponsor is, as usual, Husqvarna Construction Products, Gold Sponsor is Tyrolit and the two Silver sponsors are Jack Midhage AB and relative newcomer Drome.
DEMCON is supported by the Swedish trade associations for concrete cutting and demolition, and is also supported by the international umbrella organization for concrete cutters, IACDS, and EDA, the European Demolition Association. In parallel with the fair itself, a series of activities have been arranged. The suppliers in the industry will hold their autumn meeting at the same time as the fair. Likewise, the Swedish concrete cutting and demolition associations brings together all its members to the autumn meeting on Thursday, 27 September, and later that afternoon they will organise their usual ‘mingle’ at the show ground.
Seminars and Workshops
At this year’s DEMCON there will be a number of seminars dealing with a number of relevant demolition industry topics. The organiser, SCOP AB, has organised seminars on silica dust hazards and protection from their effects; the treatment of contaminated water at the construction site and safety at the workplace. IACDS has extended an invitation to visitors to participate in workshops on the subject concrete cutting. Similarly, the EDA will host separate workshops on demolition and decontamination. Registering for the workshops is done via the fair website, www.demcon.se.
The Swedish Demolition Prize 2018
On the Thursday evening of the show, the DEMCON gala dinner will be held, which will see the award of the Swedish Demolition Prize 2018. The prize was first awarded at the 2012 DEMCON, and was highly appreciated by both contractors and manufacturers. In total, around 15 prizes are divided into 12 different categories under the collective name ‘demolition’. Several nomination proposals have already reached the prize jury, but further nomination proposals are welcomed. More information about the prize can be found on the website http://professionelldemolering.se/pages/view/det-svenska-demoleringpriset.
The Swedish Demolition Prize is awarded in cooperation with the Swedish Concrete Cutting and Demolition Associations.