When National Pavement Expo moves to Fort Lauderdale in 2014 the location won't be the only big change.
According to Amy Schwandt, NPE show manager, NPE 2014 will offer two days of live demonstrations by NPE exhibitors. "This is something NPE exhibitors and contractors have asked for so we've moved the show to south Florida to make it happen," Schwandt said.
The 2014 NPE will be held Jan. 8-11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. "This is the first time NPE has been in Florida since 1993 so we expect a lot of interest," she said. "In fact, almost 75 percent of the 2013 exhibitors have already committed to NPE 2014."
"That's an indication not only of the exhibitor support for the Fort Lauderdale location, it's also an indication of how successful the 2013 show was in Nashville."
The demonstrations will take place right outside the convention center on a self-contained empty parking lot. "It's an ideal location -- an easy walk from seminars or the exhibit floor," she said. "Contractors won't have to worry about walking from the floor to the demonstrations and back because it's all so close."
For more information on NPE 2014 in Fort Lauderdale visit www.nationalpavementexpo.com.
Bomag to acquire some Terex Product Lines
Bomag (Fayat Group) has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain Terex Corp. product lines in North America and the Roadbuilding operations of Latin America. The product lines include Cedarapids and CMI equipment -- asphalt pavers, reclaimer/stabilizers and material transfer vehicles and devices.
“The addition of these product lines enhances the position of Fayat Group as the only full liner in road building equipment, for long term success and significant growth potential in the industry. Moreover, it accelerates our footprint in emerging countries”, said Jean-Claude Fayat, Fayat Group executive managing director.
“We are pleased to announce the agreement and are proud to welcome the Cedarapids® and CMI® products and reputable brand images into the Bomag Americas offerings,” said Rob Mueckler, vice-president of sales & marketing. “We intend to fully leverage our collective strengths to more efficiently serve road building customers."
Group forms Rubberized Asphalt Foundation
Noted experts on rubberized asphalt processes have joined together to establish the Rubberized Asphalt Foundation (RAF), a research organization dedicated to the science and practical use of recycled tire rubber in asphalt. The organization includes individuals from academia, government and industry whose work focuses on the technical development of rubberized asphalt applications.
“Asphalt rubber is a sustainable alternative to natural resources that provides many advantages beyond the obvious environmental benefits of recycling scrap tires,” said George Way, chairman of RAF and retired chief pavement design engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation. “This is a cause we all believe in, and this foundation is the evolution of many years of work by individuals and organizations who are dedicated to developing rubberized asphalt for broad use.”
RAF is dedicated to becoming a comprehensive resource focused on rubberized asphalt by developing a web-based repository of valuable data, including projects, studies, specifications and other information that is valuable to those exploring and/or deciding on the use of recycled rubber in asphalt. As the organization gains membership, RAF intends to host forums and events, and develop original research presented as white papers and case studies.
For more information, please visit www.ra-foundation.org.