Positive development of participant numbers
The second edition of the ICCX Central Europe, which took place once again in Ossa, Poland from 8 to 10 February, followed on seamlessly from the successful first event last year. The venue was once again the Hotel Ossa Congress & Spa, as was also the case with the ZBI Congresses in 2014 and 2015, which were likewise organised by CPI worldwide. Whereas the ZBI Congresses focused exclusively on the Polish market, however, the ICCX Central Europe is aimed beyond Poland's borders at all central European countries. And so once again numerous decision makers from Poland and from neighbouring countries visited the event. The ICCX Central Europe has firmly established itself with almost 600 participants and an increase in the number of participants of 6 %.
The two-day ICCX Central Europe 2017 was officially opened on 08 February 2017. A technical conference with renowned speakers from numerous countries and an accompanying trade fair awaited the participants once more.
Conference agenda with international experts
The two-day conference agenda was traditionally divided into four topical blocks. Thanks to simultaneous interpretation, the lectures could be heard in English, Polish and Russian. The speakers' presentations were projected onto two screens in the English and Polish languages.
The conference programme was specially tailored to the Central European region, in particular Poland and its neighbouring countries. The organisers of the ICCX Central Europe were able to engage experts from several European countries, South Africa and the USA as speakers and they proved to be good choices, as the participants favourably remarked.
International trade exhibition
The conference agenda of the ICCX Central Europe 2017 was accompanied by a sold-out trade exhibition with more than 100 booths. International suppliers to the concrete industry were waiting here to present their latest solutions and products to the participants.
As a new element of the ICCX Central Europe, the concrete block centre impressed and was very well received by the professional visitors. Everything revolved around concrete products in a separate part of the conference-accompanying trade exhibition – the entire spectrum was served, from classic concrete paving stones to wetcast products
ICCX Central Europe evening event
Very popular once again was the evening gala in the Restaurant Starowka at the Hotel Ossa Congress & Spa in the evening of the first day of the event. The casual atmosphere offered the opportunity to get to know one another and hold further discussions over dinner. Musical entertainment was provided by a live band and a DJ.
Technical course on 10 February 2017
A further new item at the ICCX Central Europe was a half-day technical course following on from the two-day technical conference with accompanying exhibition. This additional offering has gone down very well for many years at the ICCX Russia and also met with great interest at the ICCX Central Europe.
The technical course was held by Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Eugen Weber from the Güteschutz Beton- und Fertigteilwerke (Concrete and Precast Works Quality Auditing Association) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The participants benefitted from Mr Weber's great wealth of experience from surveying practice. Following a theoretical part, Mr Weber showed the audience damage to precast concrete elements with which he had dealt as an expert. The causes of these types of damage were illustrated in detail and solutions were presented for the avoidance of such damage.
ICCX Central Europe 2018
There will be an ICCX Central Europe in Poland once again next year. The date for the event is 14 – 16 February 2018, the venue once again the Conference Hotel Ossa Congress & Spa.