buildnz designex: New exhibitors, features and opportunities



With just under three months to go until kick off, New Zealand’s premier trade show for the construction and design industries, buildnz | designex, is well on its way to being a sell-out event, making it one of the largest for many years.

Organisers XPO Exhibitions are excited about the introduction of new initiatives visitors can expect to see in 2017.

“This year’s event will present visitors with more features, destinations and business growth opportunities than ever before,” events director Tony Waite says.

Buildnz | designex (co-located with The National Safety Show) will see up to 300 exhibitors, including New Zealand’s leading suppliers and the addition of many new companies, showcasing the latest products and new technologies that are shaping the industry of today and the future.

“There is simply no other event that brings together more than 6000 industry professionals to discover hundreds of new products, explore the latest technology and to be informed and to learn from leading industry experts,” Mr Waite says.

One such initiative is the Recruitment and Growth Hub developed in partnership with BCITO.

This is a new premium destination within buildnz | designex that focuses on growing your business through developing your workforce.

The hub will be offering visitors free business mentoring consultations, the chance to attend valuable seminars around building a culture of business growth and retention, and the opportunity to speak directly with BCITO training advisors and business development teams.

Another initiative is The Build Summit, a dedicated industry summit offering key updates and innovations within the building sector and focusing on the issues facing the industry today.

Key themes across The Build Summit surround productivity, capacity, quality management and, ultimately, how to contribute to the bottom line for your building business.

The impressive line-up of speakers features thought leaders from New Zealand and abroad, including:

Mat Colmer, built environment specialist from the UK, who will be speaking about digital construction.

Rob Sobyra who will be talking about Construction Skills Queensland’s Farsight Project, predicting the future of construction work.

Paul Hobbs who will be giving an update from MBIE.

Jenny Parker from the National Association of Women in Construction.

New Zealand Institute of Architects president Christina van Bohemen.

Delegates attending The Build Summit will be presented with innovative case studies and panel discussions, along with highlighting new technology that is impacting the construction sector.

For the full programme or to register, see

Added to this is a comprehensive programme of free professional development seminars, including keynote speakers Professor Mark Burry and Professor Jane Burry, special features, networking opportunities, show-only specials, and the opportunity to win a huge array of prizes (including a brand new Ford).

A full seminar programme can be viewed at

Held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds from June 25 to 27, 2017, buildnz | designex will be staged across four halls and a massive 12,000 sq m of exhibition space, making it the largest industry trade event in the country.

Buildnz | designex is a trade-only event open to all industry professionals. Visitors can register to attend for free at


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