Trade visitors bringing $530m worth of buying power



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 New Zealand-owned and operated, and award-winning buildnz | designex has been the largest and longest running industry trade show in New Zealand, bringing thousands of qualified industry professionals and innovators together.

The event organisers say they have audited data evidencing visitor attendance, and an impressive $530 million in buying power — providing a formidable face-to-face sales and marketing platform for industry suppliers across the three-day event.

The next few years are going to be pivotal for 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,” events director Tony Waite says.

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.

Mr Waite says post-show surveys indicates visitors attend the show to:

see and touch the latest products and technology for the sector,

better understand regulatory change within the industry, and

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,” Mr Waite says.


National Safety Show

Held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds across four halls and 12,000 sq m of exhibition space, the three-day show is set to co-locate with the National Safety Show, the largest event of its kind in New Zealand, concentrating on workplace health and safety solutions and education.

The organisers say they co-located the expos in part due to the growing importance of health and safety across the wider construction industry.

The organisers have worked hard on bringing not only new initiatives but also on enhancing existing ones.

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 five years.


Professional development speakers

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

Spaces are filling fast so to secure prime exhibition space, contact exhibition manager Donna Swain on 09 976 8330 or email

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

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