Construmat grows with the largest offer of solutions for sustainable construction

Construmat takes a leap in quality. In its 23rd edition, Fira de Barcelona’s construction show has increased its exhibition offer by 50%, with the participation of more than 300 exhibitors and more than 600 brands covering practically the entire construction ecosystem. Thus, it is the most representative and transversal event of the sector in Spain, in an edition with sustainability and innovation as the main protagonists.

From 21 to 23 May, Construmat will once again be the epicentre of the construction sector in Spain. The increase in the number of participating companies at this edition is reflected in the increase in exhibition space. This year, the show will occupy more than 10,000 m2 in Hall 2 of the Gran Via venue, with the aim of being able to accommodate an extensive display of the most sustainable and innovative construction of the moment.

Thus, the Fira de Barcelona show will feature the best offer in segments such as machinery and tools, industrialised construction, façades and roofs, insulation, urban planning and outdoor space, design and interior design, flooring and cladding, bathrooms, BIM and ICT for the project and work, kitchens, lighting, energy management and capture, enclosures, carpentry, locksmithing and solar protection, among others.

The president of Construmat and vice-president of APCE Spain, Xavier Vilajoana, has assured that ‘this edition consolidates the new stage initiated in 2023 with the aim of achieving a more sustainable, efficient and innovative sector’ and adds ‘it is not only a bigger Construmat, but a better show. Because it brings together the entire sector, discovers the latest and multiplies its business opportunities’.

For his part, the show’s director, Roger Bou, said that ‘we are presenting a very useful show for all construction professionals, where they can find the latest solutions and innovations that are already on the market and which they can apply by leaving the exhibition site. The companies present high quality content that will help to transform and boost the sector’.

 Leading companies and sectoral support
Among the firms taking part in the show and showing their latest innovations and advances are leading companies such as Ausa, Cementos Molins, Drutex, Durmi, Encofrados Alsina, Evowall Technology, Fischer, Haier Iberia, Holcim España, Hormipresa Nec, Indalsu, Jung, K-Line, KLH Massivholz, Nibe, PMP /Pret-a-porter Casas/Khanvian, Roca, Saltoki, Schnell, Technal and TQ Tecnol, among others.

On the other hand, the show will focus on the international markets of the Mediterranean arc. Thus, Morocco will be the guest country at Construmat 2024 with the presence of an official Moroccan trade mission made up of seven companies, six sector federations and the architects‘ associations and builders’ and developers’ associations. Also noteworthy is the presence of some 50 exhibiting companies from 18 countries such as Germany, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Italy and Poland.

Furthermore, in 2024, Construmat once again proves that it is the most emblematic show of the Spanish construction industry, with the support of more than 40 business organisations, guilds, associations and professional bodies such as ANERR, APCE España, ASEFAVE, CATEB, CCOC, CEPCO, CNC, COAM, CODDIM, CGATE, CSCAE, Federación de Gremios de la Construcción, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción and Gremi de Constructors d’Obres, among others.

Sustainability solutions
With the slogan ‘Building sustainability’, the offer of the most emblematic and long-standing Spanish construction show will revolve around sustainability and innovation as the main themes, presenting the latest innovations and solutions on the market, such as energy efficiency and the refurbishment of the housing stock, two of the major challenges that the sector has to face immediately.

To this end, Construmat has designed an extensive programme of activities. More than 120 speakers will be taking part in the Sustainable Building Congress, the event’s major congress which, with 50 presentations and 15 round tables in two auditoriums, will be presenting the latest initiatives developed to minimise the environmental impact of construction activity.

Decarbonisation and the circular economy, digital solutions and technologies and industrial construction systems are the themes of this congress, which will highlight best practices and sectoral innovations such as, for example, the new Mercedes eco-district on the former site of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Barcelona, the remodelling of the urban space between the Royal Palace and Plaza de España in Madrid, the Madrid Nuevo Norte project in the area of the Chamartín train station and the new office headquarters of the capital goods firm Bosch in Casablanca (Morocco).

Among the participating speakers are Miguel Hernández, Strategy Director of Crea Madrid Nuevo Norte and Julia Landáburu, senior urban planner of the engineering firm ARUP, which is collaborating on this project; Ikram Sehhar, architect of the National Society for the Development and Management of Sports Facilities in Morocco, who will present the infrastructure projects planned in his country for the 2030 Football World Cup; Domingo Merino, design director of Fenwick Iribarren Architects, who will present the Spanish projects to host this event; and Firat Emsen, chief technology officer of Istanbul’s Grand Istanbul Airport in Turkey, among others.

Startups and innovation
Construmat will also provide a space for young emerging companies in the PropCon Hub, a dynamic space where 20 start-ups that make use of digital technology in the fields of construction (ConTech) and property management (PropTech) will be given visibility, and which will feature a Forum with presentations by experts in innovation in construction, from sustainable prefabrication to the use of Artificial Intelligence.

In the workshops and workshops area, the Dubai-based Council for International Accreditation of Architecture and Design (CIAAD), an official partner of the United Nations for the implementation and advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a Fischer certification session for installers of the Solar-Fix system, a preliminary step to the examination to achieve TÜV Rheinland accreditation, will be held.

As part of the activities of the Architecture Weeks of Barcelona City Hall and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Construmat is organising, on the 23rd, the Talent Day, in which young students will be able to visit the show, and a Job Market Place with the collaboration of Barcelona Activa.

A new edition of the prestigious Construmat Awards, curated by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and incorporating for the first time the public prize, completes the programme of activities of Construmat 2024.