Canterbury construction event takes off

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This year sees Canterbury achieve another first when New Zealand’s largest building and design exhibition, buildnz | designex, comes to Christchurch.
It’s already fully booked and ready to give Canterbury and South Island building and design professionals a grand trade-only spectacle over three days from July 31 to August 2.

Modelled on the highly successful award-winning Auckland buildnz | designex, the Canterbury event benefits from 20 years of input into the industry. This has resulted in more than 145 key suppliers from across the design, construction and build sectors coming together under 2600 sq m of floor space at Christchurch’s CBS Arena.
Researching the latest products and technology, and hearing from industry leaders across free seminars spanning the three days will attract the industry’s most highly recognised professionals, as will anyone determined to stay ahead of the pack.

The value of Canterbury buildnz | designex is obvious when you consider that industry heavyweight contributors include CBANZ, BRANZ, MBIE, NASH, ADNZ, NZIA, Lifemark, Homestar, Christchurch City Council and the RMBA.
“Canterbury buildnz | designex is a great initiative,” Certified Builders Association chief executive Grant Florence says.

“We found the 2013 Auckland event very valuable and one that made us look very closely at being a proactive supporter for the Christchurch event, which we are.”
Chris Kay from NZ Steel says nothing beats the opportunity for face to face interaction at buildnz | designex exhibitions.
“That’s why New Zealand Steel, in conjunction with the National Association of Steel-Framed Housing (NASH), exhibited at the 2013 show in Auckland and have booked stand space for the Christchurch event,” Mr Kay says.

“Through these shows we meet existing and prospective builders of steel-framed houses, answer technical questions and distribute the latest technical information to support the use of steel framing.

“The 2013 show also provided a number of opportunities to establish training opportunities through the polytechnics, which are being followed up by NASH.”
Canterbury has immense importance to New Zealand’s economy and, in particular, the construction, build and design sectors. The impact of the tragic earthquakes has seen huge growth in demand, with an estimated $30 billion expenditure in the rebuild alone, much of that in the next two years.

It is important that those involved in the rebuild have access to the latest industry technology and information. 
Canterbury buildnz | designex will give trade visitors the opportunity for direct dialogue with key industry suppliers, ensuring that not only are they up to date with industry developments, but so they can also negotiate great deals and take advantage of the many show-only specials.

This must-attend event includes a busy educational and development seminar programme across the three days, available free of charge to all attendees.
One of the highlights will be a session with award-winning architect Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects, whose inspiring vision for creative design is not to be missed.

Show organiser XPO Exhibitions has scheduled an extensive visitor marketing campaign to ensure the message gets to the industry, with a strong presence online and in radio, press, billboards and topical media publications.

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