Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — On its second day, The Big 5 Construct North Africa is all set for a successful edition. The event is gathering thousands of architects, engineers, project managers, suppliers and buyers as it brings both innovative products and know-how to Casablanca for three days of networking, learning and business opportunities.
According to Sara Ben Ayyad, Project Manager Green Buildings at Bureau Veritas Morocco, “The Big 5 is one of the initiatives that our country has actively supported on the international scene in recent years.
“The Big 5 Construct North Africa not only creates business opportunities for the sector; it is a great opportunity for staging ecological products and sustainable high-end technologies to involve us in the dynamics of sustainable construction.”
Running until April 12 at the Parc Des Expositions De L'Office Des Changes in Casablanca, the international construction event displays what is next in the construction sector. 190 companies from 29 countries are presenting innovative technologies, building materials and advanced solutions to meet the needs of the growing Moroccan construction sector.
“The visitors coming to our stand have been exactly who we wanted. We have had architects and construction companies, all with the right inquiries,” says Andre van Herrden, Managing Partner of exhibiting company Cape Reid.
The event also features 40 educational workshops, where local and international experts share best practices and discuss latest trends with the Moroccan construction community.
“I look forward to seeing more exhibitions like this, displaying new materials and solutions,” says Noureddine Abouricha, visiting the show.
Ben Ayyad, who presented a workshop on Sustainable Construction in the Moroccan Market, adds: “Pushing to build a sustainable, healthy, energy / water efficient and environmentally friendly building is becoming a major concern that policy makers are increasingly integrating into their practices.
“The vision of Morocco is clear today: the country reaffirms its leading position as a luxury destination in Africa with the acceleration of the industry and the promotion of new constructions. As a result, the construction sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and buoyant segments of the country, contributing to economic growth, wealth creation and the attraction of foreign capital.”
From Dubai, speaker Dr. Hany Salem, Director of the Integrative Sustainability Group, presented a workshop on Sustainable Urban Planning at the event. “The feedback I received from the local audience was amazing,” says Salem. “Today we polished the actual definition of sustainable development. I believe our discussion at the Big 5 Construct North Africa will benefit the local community.
“Sustainability is growing and what sets The Big 5 Construct North Africa apart from other exhibitions is that Sustainability has always been a major topic here.”
Talking about Innovative trends for interactive spaces, Albert S. Fakhoury, Executive Board Member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designer, and President of Council for International Accreditation of Architecture & Design, comments: “It is great to present this topic in Morocco as the local construction community is looking forward to follow-up with what is happening all over the world.”
Focusing on combining the best of today’s new materials, trends and media possibilities with futuristic views, Fakhoury’s presentation at The Big 5 Construct North Africa was “Packed with visitors.”
According to the international expert, people should treasure their culture and traditions, while benefitting from new technologies and innovations. “I would love to see beautiful Moroccan design that works perfectly and speaks to the upcoming generations. We need to create interactive spaces that will be beneficial not only for us but also for the coming generation,” says Fakhoury.
Companies from Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Qatar, UK, South Korea, India and China among many others will display their products at The Big 5 Construct North Africa until April 12.
Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 Construct North Africa features five product sectors: Building Interiors, Building Materials & Tools, MEP Services, Concrete & PMV, and Windows, Doors & Facades.
For the first time ever, the event also hosts leading PMV supplier CFAO, displaying JCB and DAF’s impressive heavy machines and trucks.
The Big 5 Construct North Africa runs from 10 to 12 April at the Parc Des Expositions De L'Office Des Changes in Casablanca from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. The show is free to attend.