Location：HUNGEXPO Budapest H 1101 Budapest Albertirsai ut 10 Expo ter 1 Gates no 1 and 3
Venue:Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center
Hungexpo C. Co. Ltd.
Nearly 50 000 visitors
CONSTRUMA bunch was concluded with a weekend of exceptionally high turnout, subsequent to the professional days with rather high attendance, with nearly 50.000 people surveying the assortment of exhibitions and thus surpassing the number of visitors in recent years. 550 exhibitors from 14 countries apart from Hungary (Algeria, Austria, Czech Republic, Belarus, Greece, India, China, Poland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, the Ukraine) presented their products and services on over 18 thousand square feet of space. The assortment of five exhibitions – CONSTRUMA, CONSTRUMA Graden, HOMEDesign, HUNGAROTHERM and RENEO – was augmented this year by the 22nd Flat Fair. The Construma assortment of exhibitions was capable of reinforcing its market position compared to similar events of the region, whilst becoming the leading professional exhibition of the narrowly defined region through its reconceptualization. Practically all exhibitors reported a higher level of interest and a growing number of deals compared to last year’s exhibition.
According to construction and investment experts, the growing number of exhibitors and visitors clearly shows that after seven lean years, positive changes are taking place in the Hungarian construction industry. Starting from a low base, after the domestic market recession of the previous 7 years, in 2014 the sector has increased its performance by 14.2% compared to the previous year. Although the majority of this was achieved through road, rail and utility construction, as well as high value hospital, educational institution and sporting facility projects, the industry hopes that positive changes will be noticeable in the field of housing construction as well.
In his speech at the exhibition’s opening, Béla Glattfelder, economic regulation under-secretary of the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy (NGM) stressed that through the announcement of new EU tenders they wish to facilitate the renewed expansion of the construction industry’s commissions. A new feature of the tenders is that entrants may apply for EU funds for the refurbishment of private homes. Furthermore, he added that in the upcoming years, they are planning for the renovation of 700 thousand flats, thus creating approximately 40 thousand new jobs in the construction industry. Therefore, apart from the construction of new homes and the construction and renovation of public buildings, the subsidized renovation of private flats will also contribute to the expansion of the sector. The under-secretary confirmed that the government aims to facilitate the further expansion of the construction industry and the creation of new jobs.
Successful Innovations at Construma
One of the main results of this year’s CONSTRUMA exhibition was that CONSTRUMA Garden enlisted practically the entire domestic gardening profession, thus turning the exhibition into the greatest spring gardening and landscaping event in the region. As a traditional part of CONSTRUMA, the exhibitors of HOMEDesign filled two whole pavilions this year. The increasingly prestigious exhibition featured the innovation of the domestic design scene, Download Design – a joint project of the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) and the Furniture Association: a compilation of ground-breaking, freely usable, downloadable designs from the young designers of MOME.
One of CONSTRUMA’s main partners, the Chamber of Hungarian Architects, held its compulsory training at the same time as the exhibition, with almost three hundred participants.
Leading Trends in Building Engineering was packed with visitors, just as the professional conference entitled Innovations in Architecture.
The SMART CITY Mayoral Academy was a huge success, which allowed mayors to familiarize themselves with the details of theNational Energy Strategy for the Building Sector (NéeS), including opportunities for tenders and development which allow for the more economic energy consumption of their settlements.