Concrete and masonry industry professionals gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center Jan. 21 to 25 for World of Concrete 2019. Manufacturers presented their latest heavy equipment, tools, products and technology to attendees. In addition, more than 187 seminars and workshops with more than 135 speakers were offered to discuss the latest trends, topics and skill-building ideas.
New for 2019, the Concrete Start-Up Zone featured new technology and innovations which included equipment and materials that were not yet introduced to the market.
Also, this year, NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge featured participating teams vying to "advance additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond," according to a WOC press release. NASA partnered with Bradley University of Peoria, Ill., and sponsors Caterpillar Inc., of Peoria; Bechtel of San Francisco; and Brick & Mortar Ventures of San Francisco.
Another highlight of WOC was the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Auction. Donations range from vehicles including a BridgeKing 11-yd. rear discharge mixer to ready mixed concrete to sports packages in various cities. Ritchie Bros. hosted the online auction and its auctioneers conducted the live auction. The CIM Auction has raised more than $8 million over the past 12 years to support CIM programs and fund scholarships.
WOC began in Houston, Texas, in 1975 for the commercial construction industry. The event has grown to include more than 1,500 exhibitors with more than 58,000 registered attendees covering more than 745,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
Make plans now to attend WOC 2020, being held Feb. 4 to 7, 2020.
A variety of MB America crusher buckets, screening buckets and drum cutters were on display during World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.
David Nakamura, president of Toku America Inc., introduced the new Toku Striker TNB-7J hydraulic rock hammer. The new breaker is sound proof and provides less kickback for the operator.
(L-R): Deutz Corporation’s Bob Mann, president and CEO; Gavin Hale, business development; Jeff Wolfe, director of marketing; Eddie Pena, OEM and service; and Nick Vermet, Midwest general manager expand their line with the new D 1.2 L3 25 hp engine.
Joel Escalante, western region product sales manager of Volvo Construction Equipment, presents the newly-launched ECR18E compact excavator. Volvo’s ECR18E features an ultra-short swing radius with a variable undercarriage.
Phil Paranic, president and CEO of Allied Construction Products, stands with the triple digit series hydraulic hammers. This series of hydraulic hammers represents more than 70 percent of all units sold in North America.
Brent Twombly (L), sales manager of Altec Cranes, points out the features of the Effer 655-5S to an interested buyer. Altec is an exclusive Effer distributor with the largest service and parts network in the United States.
Jean-Yves Bacle, director of sales and marketing of Movex, introduced the Movex mini-dozer M48. The M48 is an electric vehicle that provides a solution for work in confined areas.
Juan Quiros, vice president of product support of Multiquip, introduced the Multiquip MQ Whiteman PRX power float, the industry’s first power float designed to attain maximum coverage and optimum flatness.
(L-R): David Schenkel, project manager research development; Austin Evans, marketing; and Robby Adkisson, field service engineer, all of Wirtgen, were at WOC to showcase the Wirtgen SP 15i with new optional Wirtgen autopilot 2.0.
(L-R): Xtreme’s Matthew Elvin, CEO; Jamie Graham, vice president of product support; and Jeffrey L. Eckhardt, vice president of engineering, unveil the new Xtreme XR944 rough-terrain telehandler with a 9,000-lb. lift capacity, a maximum lift height of 44 ft. and a maximum forward reach of 28 ft. 10 in.
A young WOC attendee stops to rest in a MB America BF 120.4 crusher bucket.
LiuGong introduced its 60th Anniversary Edition wheel loader at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. (L-R): Lewis Miller, regional product support manager; Kevin Lee, vice president of sales and marketing; Michael Watt, excavator product manager; Hugo Chang, wheel loader product manager; Alex Koss, regional sales manager; and Ivana Fiamoncini, marketing coordinator, show off the company’s 856 wheel loader, featuring an operating weight of 39,160 lbs. and bucket range capacity of 4.2 cu. yds.
Corey Rogers of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas introduced the recently-updated R35z-9A compact mini-excavator.
Nathaniel Waldschmidt, product marketing manager of Case Construction Equipment, debuts the new C series motorgrader.
Attendees visit the Caterpillar booth.
Dylan Klusaritz of Mack Trucks gives the specs on this Mack Granite Truck equipped with optional mDrive.
(L-R): Gerald Saunders and Brian Selvy of Volvo Trucks stand with Chris Connolly and Joel Escalante of Volvo Construction Equipment in front of a Volvo VLT quint axle truck and a wheel loader with the new 2.0 update. Both companies work seamlessly together to create more fluent solutions for the operator.
(L-R): John Sad, product manager of Montabert; Bill Lyon of Ram Rick Albert Machinery Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; and Randy Myatt, product manager of Montabert Suwannee, Ga., discuss the latest products. Lyon uses the Montabert breakers in the field and said they are a great unit. Myatt said Montabert heavy breakers are designed for all types of carriers, from 20 to 80 tons.
Rob Minnich of Minnich MFG in Mansfield, Ohio, was at World of Concrete to demonstrate the Stinger concrete vibrator. Available in 15-amp (115-volt) or 7.5-amp (230-volt), the motor is lightweight, durable and drives a full line of Minnich shafts and heads from ¾ to 2 ½ in. The motor also adapts to vibrators of many other manufacturers.
The crew of Connect Work Tools, (L-R) Bill Reaver, regional sales manager; Todd Kirchner, regional sales manager; and Dave Cowen, North America sales manager, were at WOC to show off their CH series of medium hydraulic breaker attachments. This series is highly-productive for foundation and building demolition.
Pedro Carapia of DCC General Engineering Contractors, Escondito, Calif. (L), receives a demonstration of the Easi-Pour compact 880 from Curtis Bales, sales manager of Easi-Pour, Huron, S.D. The compact 880 comes in tracked or rubber-wheel configurations. Applications include curb and gutter, tight radius, sidewalks, cul-de-sacs, recreational paths and more.
Equify LLC representatives at World of Concrete explain how they can help contractors with business basics such as buying, selling and financing equipment. (L-R) are Patrick Hoiby, president of Equify; Michael J. Smith, vice president of sales; and Michael Haas, national account manager, shown at the company’s booth.
Joe Marvin (L), and Jim McGowan of MTU America check out the Gomaco Xtreme GT-3600 curb and gutter machine. The GT-3600 is a three-track machine that can pour a 24-in. or less radius. It is equipped with rotary-sensored slew drives, All-Track steering and All-Track positioning.
John Dotto, market product manager of Wacker Neuson, holds a press conference to review all the new, innovative Wacker Neuson models brought to WOC 2019. New machines include the WL 95 wheel loader (L), the DT 10 track dumper (R), the RD12 asphalt roller and the newest in a line of internal vibrators.
Jeff Schatz (L) sales manager of Witzco Trailers Inc. and Josh Weinstein, owner and president of Witzco were at WOC 2019 to show how the company’s trailers can be beneficial when hauling equipment in the concrete industry.
Mark Michaels, director of product management North America of Husqvarna is ready to demonstrate the company’s DXR remote demolition robot. The remote-controlled robots were a big hit with convention attendees.
(L-R): Zach Hoffman, technical customer support and training manager; Mike Bloom, director of Mack Truck sales; and Dan Chipman, chassis application engineer, all of Nuss Truck and Equipment, Roseville, Minn., present information to Cynthia and Tom Kitchen, service manager of Florida Concrete Unlimited, Miami Fla., on this Schwing S 65 SXF concrete pump mounted on a Nuss truck body.
Eric Massinon, business development director of Chicago Pneumatic Power Technique, stands in front of the brand new CPS 250 air compressor.
Chris Kline, John Deere product specialist, celebrates with the company’s 50-year-old JD 544 wheel loader at World of Concrete.
John Deere is wrapping up the 50th anniversary of its JD 544 wheel loader.
OilQuick representatives gave a demonstration of the company’s fully-automatic quick coupling system at World of Concrete.
Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager of Doosan, is at WOC to show off the company’s DX140 excavator. The DX140LC delivers durability and reliability.
Liebherr USA drew big crowds to its booth at World of Concrete. The company displayed its L 538 wheel loader, and the 50 M5 XXT and 37 Z4 XXT concrete pumps. Nick Rogers, Liebherr’s product specialist of wheel loaders was on hand to answer questions.
Kubota displayed its full line of loaders and excavators to contractors attending World of Concrete, including their newest track loader, the SVL 65-2. Shown with the loader are (L-R) Jeff Jacobsmeyer, CE product manager; Meredith Finley, trade show manager; and Tim Boulds, CE operations manager.
Epiroc displayed its full line of hydraulic attachments at World of Concrete. Shown with the BP 2050 bulk pulverizer are (L-R) Dana Creekmore, vice president of sales, North America; Tom Schwind, vice president and business line manager; and Moira Ploof, marketing communications program manager. The 2050 is used primarily in demolition and recycling applications.
Matt Dougherty (L) and Jeff Fisher manned the Ritchie Bros. Auction booth for the duration of the World of Concrete Expo. Ritchie Bros. sponsors the annual Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM) silent auction held at WOC.
The Chicago Pneumatic display in the Silver Lot was busy throughout the show. The company introduced its new CPS250-150 compressor.
SANY personnel on site at WOC included (L-R) Alex Baksay, Dean Heistand, Jennifer Brigman, Bill Bagwell and John Fair. SANY was promoting its SW 405K wheel loader.
Mark Borst of Perkins Engines discusses the company’s new 1706J 9.3 litre stage IV final engine at World of Concrete. The engine produces 456 kilowatts of power and 1,540 ft.lbs. of torque.
Dave Syverson, Freightliner, is at the Freightliner booth at WOC 2019.