Review of the ICCX Western Europe 2021
The ICCX Western Europe 2021 took place on 3 and 4 November at the Maritim Hotel and Congress Centre in Bonn, Germany, providing for the first time once again the opportunity for the precast concrete industry to network and exchange information. Almost 400 delegates came together over the two days to meet in person and exchange ideas. In compliance with all valid Corona protection measures, visitors were able to catch up on the latest developments in the industrial suppliers' exhibition, to discuss specific issues and also to follow a highly interesting conference programme.
After a long dry spell for face-to-face events in the European region, the ICCX Western Europe 2021 gave the long-awaited starting signal for face-to-face events for the precast concrete industry. Even if this situation seemed unusual to many at first, the familiar feeling of a classic industry get-together quickly emerged.
The conference programme offered a wealth of valuable information for every visitor with numerous top-class lectures. The lectures focused on digitised production and construction with precast concrete elements. Recognised experts spoke about the current status and latest developments in the field of digitised processes in the construction industry.
Editor-in-Chief of CPI and ICCX organiser Dr. Holger Karutz opens the lecture programme of the ICCX Western Europe 2021. The keynote address was given by Robert Neubauer, Managing Partner of RIB SAA Software Engineering GmbH on the topic of "The Integrative Digitisation of the Construction Industry - New Opportunities for Industrially Manufactured Precast Elements". Following the keynote, this topic was further explored in a panel discussion, which was joined by Hermann Weckenmann, managing partner of Weckenmann Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co KG, and Prof. Peter Mark from the Ruhr University Bochum, coordinator of the DFG Priority Programme "Adaptive modular construction concepts using production line methods – precise fast construction of the future".
A lively one-hour discussion clearly showed how much development potential digitisation still has in the construction industry and what paths need to be taken so that the next big steps towards digitised construction can be achieved. A total of 15 other exciting lectures followed over the two days of the event, leaving no questions unanswered.
Those who also wanted to find out about new trends in the manufacture of concrete and precast concrete elements could do so at the accompanying trade exhibition with around 80 exhibitors from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. The supplier industry has not rested during the pandemic, but has constantly worked on further and new developments in order to always remain competitive with cutting-edge equipment and product innovations. Thus, after a long dry spell, exhibitors and professional visitors had the opportunity to sit down together again in such a setting and find technical solutions for the daily challenges of production or to present or get to know new products as well as plant and machine concepts.
Due to the age of digitisation, but also due to the pandemic, the organisers also offered a hybrid event concept. The second day of the ICCX Western Europe was not only held as a face-to-face event, but also streamed into the digital ICCX sister format - ICCX digital 365. In this way, visitors from more distant regions were also able to follow the conference. A digital translation service (German/English and vice versa) could also be used free of charge via the digital platform.