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buildnz trade visitors bring $530m buying power

buildnz trade visitors bring $530m buying power
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buildnz | designex, New Zealand’s leading trade show for the build, construction and design industries is back for 2017 with organisers, XPO Exhibitions, excited about the business opportunities available to the hundreds of exhibiting companies expected onsite.

For 30 years, the NZ owned and operated and award winning buildnz | designex has been the largest and longest running industry trade show in New Zealand bringing 1000’s of qualified industry professionals and innovators together. The event organisers are quick to point out they have audited data evidencing attending visitor attendance and an impressive $530,000,000 in buying power – providing a formidable face-to-face sales and marketing platform for industry suppliers across the 3-day event.

The next few years are going to be pivotal for the industry suppliers to take advantage of the growing property and construction trends in Auckland and nationwide. “There are simply no other events bringing builders, architects, planners, specifiers, designers and developers in this volume all under one roof,” says Tony Waite Events Director of buildnz | designex.

Construction continues to be a key driver of economic growth for New Zealand. Growth has been underpinned by strong net migration which in turn is creating strong demand for residential construction, especially in Auckland. Non-residential construction is surging with increased demand for education and healthcare facilities as well as retail. The Unitary Plan loosens planning restrictions that will allow 442,000 more dwellings by 2040 to accommodate population growth. However, these trends are not just limited to Auckland as population growth spills over into ‘halo’ regions of Waikato, Bay of Plenty and beyond!

buildnz | designex is perfectly timed to take advantage of the of $35billion annual construction spend. We asked the organisers what the three key reasons were for the 6,000+ industry professionals expected at the show.

Waite explains “Our post-show surveys indicate the industry attend the show to 1) see and touch the latest products and technology for the sector, 2) better understand regulatory change within the industry, and 3) develop business opportunities at a pan-industry level.

“buildnz | designex’s pedigree as a pan-industry expo is second to none – we’ve been awarded Best Trade Show in Australasia and Best Trade Show in New Zealand at back to back EEAA Awards for Excellence in Sydney and Melbourne,” says Waite.

Held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds across 4 halls and 12,000m2 of exhibition space the 3-day buildnz | designex trade show is set to co-locate with the National Safety Show; again the largest event of its kind in New Zealand concentrating on workplace health and safety solutions and education. The organisers clarify they co-located the expos in part due to the growing importance of health and safety across the wider construction industry.

The combined event has gone from strength to strength and 2017 will be no exception. The organisers have worked hard on brining not only new initiatives but also on enhancing those existing. The first is the launch of a two-day industry “Build Summit” - a new pan-industry event involving leadership discussion and encouraging key industry stakeholder debate on current issues and developments within the sector. The launch of a Training and Jobs hub in partnership with a leading industry training body will help address the current skilled labour shortage and the need to train an extra 30,000 workers over the next 5 years.

Add to this a comprehensive programme of free to attend professional development seminars including a number of international keynote speakers, special features, networking opportunities, show-only specials, and the opportunity to win a huge array of prizes (including a brand new Ford) - this is the one event the industry won’t want to miss.

Spaces are filling fast so if you wish to secure prime exhibition space, contact NZ based Exhibition Manager, Donna Swain on 09 976 8330 or

buildnz | designex is a trade-only event running 25-27 June 2017 as the ASB Showgrounds Auckland and is free to attend for those that register online at



More information: Irene Smith, 09 976 8352 



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