This year's ICCX Central Europe in Warsaw set a new visitor record. The two-day industry meeting of Central Europe's concrete and precast industry took place from 13 to 15 February and ended after two conference days with accompanying trade exhibition on the third day with the ICCX Academy and a technical course on the subject of "improvement of concrete production with regard to quality, processing and development".
This year's ICCX Central Europe took place for the first time at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Warsaw. The conference hotel with its generously sized facilities is situated very centrally some 15 minutes by car from the international airport. With the relocation of the ICCX Central Europe directly to the Polish capital, the organisers from ad-media GmbH have reacted to the number of visitors from foreign countries.
Almost 700 participants registered for this event and in particular, the guests from foreign countries were able to benefit from the central location and the good long-distance traffic connections.
More visitors than in the previous year, a very positive basic mood and considerable interest in the new items on the show: The extensive international trade exhibition with 100 international companies covered all areas of the precast, concrete pipe, concrete products and ready-mix concrete industry and thus left nothing to be desired by the visitors. A contact person was on duty in each area in order to present the latest solutions and products to the participants.
Right from the very first lecture of the two-day conference programme, it was obvious that the organisers had quite specifically catered to the interests of the Central European concrete industry in selecting the speakers and their presentation topics. When Mr. Christian Prilhofer expertly gave the listeners an understanding of construction with double walls in the opening lecture, it was immediately clear that the already generous number of seats in the conference room was insufficient for the rush. The lectures at the ICCX Central Europe are traditionally very well attended, but interest at this year's event exceeded that of the previous year by far.
Even after significantly increasing the number of seats during the first break, the lecture room was bursting at the seams with around 200 participants when Mr. Przemysław Adam Borek from the Polish precast company Pekabex opened the second of four rounds of lectures with his presentation on the latest solutions in precast construction in Poland.
Whereas the topic of precast concrete elements stood to the fore on the first day of the lectures, the speakers on the second day firstly dealt with the topics of concrete technology and infrastructure before concrete products were addressed in the last block of lectures. In this block Mr Klaus Seifert from Austria also held a lecture on the subject of "savings potentials in concrete block production without loss of quality in the selection of raw materials", which was a warm-up for the technical course in the context of the ICCX Academy on the following day, because Mr Seifert also presented this course.
The Dinner Party on the evening of the first conference day is always a very popular highlight of every ICCX. Following a sparkling wine reception at the entrance to the Garden hotel restaurant, a sumptuous buffet with Polish delicacies and specialties awaited the participants. Following the joint dinner, at which many of the business relationships forged during the day were continued, the participants were able to let the evening draw to a close in a casual atmosphere in the hotel's own club.
As in both previous years, a technical course was on the agenda once again on the third day of the ICCX Central Europe 2019. This year the focus was on improving concrete production with regard to quality, processing, and development.
Mr. Klaus Seifert from Concrete ProCess Consulting e.U. in Austria has over 40 years of industrial experience and almost 25 years of experience in the concrete block industry and was able to fall back on his vast wealth of technical knowledge.
The course, which was divided into four topical blocks, dealt with the topics of quality management, optimised concrete hardening, saving of costs through proper mould management and research and development work for concrete plants.
Preparations for the ICCX Central Europe 2020 have already begun and will take place from 12 February to 14 February 2020 in Warsaw.