CONSTRUMA 2016 – NEW DRIVE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
More visitors than ever before attended the 35th Construma, the most significant construction industry and homemaking exhibition of Hungary and the region. At the exhibition hosted at the Hungexpo Budapest Fair Centre from 6 to 10 April, visitors could meet 584 exhibitors from 15 countries on over 19 thousand square meters. Over the 5 days of the event, more than 55 thousand visitors visited the exhibition. The first three days was for the professional trade, while the last two were devoted to the general audience. The growing interest can be captured in the fact that six thousand more visitors attended the professional days than in the previous year.
This year CONSTRUMA was devoted to innovative construction materials, construction products and solutions. One of the exhibition’s highlighted subject was the government’s new home financing scheme. There was huge interest in the CSOK information booth operated by the Government, where visitors could get the latest information on the family housing allowance scheme and the National Housing Allowance Communities.
At the exhibition’s opening, István Lepsényi, state secretary for economic development and regulation of the Ministry for National Economy (NGM) said: the government’s measures, the growing opportunities of families and the performance of market operators will together establish the foundation for a new drive behind the Hungarian construction industry.
Furthermore, he added that the family tax benefits, the increasing salaries and the low inflation environment provide an opportunity to speed up the growth rate of the domestic construction industry.
In his opening address, Gábor Ganczer, CEO of Hungexpo Zrt. stated that as a result of the new, favourable investment environment, the increasing real estate market demand and the targeted governmental subsidies, the construction industry has began to show growth.
The exhibition is indicative of the trends since the exhibitors of the renewed Construma have long reserved the best spots and - as the pride of the organizers - this year’s approximately 600 firms and organizations included 124 new exhibitors.
The development ministry announced at the Construma that as the sixth element of the Otthon Melege programme, they will be announcing tenders for the energetic renewal of family homes. Zsolt Szabó, state secretary for development and climate policy of the NGM stated: the program will be focused on family homes below 135 square meters built prior to 1995. The owners of these homes can request support for external insulation, the replacement of portals and the modernization or replacement of heating systems as well as for renewable energy devices.
Since the subject of renewable energies was one of the most popular fields of the assortment of exhibitions, the 4th RENEO exhibition was again located in a separate hall. The main subject of the professional events accompanying the exhibition was energy efficiency and renewable energies. There were many in attendance at the related events, for example at the conference hosted by the Hungarian Energy Association.
One of the most significant professional events at the CONSTRUMA exhibition was the international conference entitled Innovations in architectural thinking and practice, the Energy efficiency options of our settlements and The use of geothermal energy professional forums, as well as the GREEN CITY – Green infrastructure conference, and the National Real Estate Conference.
The professional nature of the assortment of exhibitions is well illustrated by the fact that in 2016, the Chamber of Hungarian Architects provided its members with yet another point for attending the exhibition and taking part in the two-day training.
The Hungarian Chamber of Engineers hosted the Engineer’s Day at the Construma, during which they held an obligatory legal training for engineers with a building services engineering or building electricity certification.
The event – which was attended by approximately one hundred and fifty practising professionals – was also the debut of the chamber’s new training system.
The assortment’s most dynamically developing key element is OTTHONDesign, a highlighted forum of furnishings and design. As part of this event and for the first time this year, they hosted the kitchen technology and device oriented KITCHENShow, which was more successful than expected.
In its second year, Download Design, an event created through the joint cooperation of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, the Furniture Association and Hungexpo, proved to be highly successful yet again. Whilst in 2015, the main theme was focused on the first independent home, this year, designers focused on the arrival of the first baby of a family, and thus the current name of the project was suitably changed to Download Design Baby.
A wide range of creative furniture was completed, specifically for the 0-3 year old age group.
Enthusiasts gained access to freely downloadable design furniture plans, which are affordable and easily realized amongst the current circumstances of Hungarian carpenters. (The success of the project is well illustrated by the fact that Download Design was nominated for the Highlights of Hungary 2015 Award, which means it was chosen as one of the most creative projects of Hungary.)
For the fifth time this year, the assortment of exhibitions was complemented by the greatest ornamental plant and gardening exhibition of the spring period, CONSTRUMA GARDEN.
As always since its outset, the event’s professional support was provided by the Association of Landscape Contractors of Hungary (MAKEOSZ).
For the second time, the exhibition was joined by the most prestigious domestic professional real estate exhibition, the Flat Fair, which provides an introductory opportunity for businesses focused on the sale and financing of new and used real estate.
Many visitors were attracted to the greatest domestic lumber industry event, the Ligno Novum – Woodtech, where enthusiasts could find out more about the latest information on the carpenter and lumber industry, its machines, tools and technologies.