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KHL Group acquires Construction Equipment World Economic Forum (CEWEF)

Event to be expanded and re-named International Construction World Economic Forum (ICWEF) with a broader appeal across the global construction sector, but incorporating the CEWEF legacy. Next held in Amsterdam from 20-22 November, ICWEF 2013 will feature an expanded programme and Awards Dinner honouring excellence in construction projects from around the world.

Wadhurst, UK, 10th December 2012 - International construction information supplier KHL Group has acquired the Construction Equipment World Economic Forum (CEWEF) conference and event from initiator Groeneveld Group, a specialist in automatic maintenance and safety systems.

KHL plans to build on the foundations laid by Groeneveld in the last five years and expand the event to appeal to the wider construction industry. In line with this, it will be re-named the International Construction World Economic Forum (ICWEF) and will incorporate CEWEF. The next event will be held in Amsterdam in November 2013. It will comprise a conference and networking opportunities, along with awards and a Gala Dinner honouring successful construction projects around the world. Groeneveld will be a leading sponsor of the 2013 event.
The ICWEF 2013 programme will be tailored to meet the needs of executives and senior managers among contractors, consultants, rental companies and equipment manufacturers in the global construction industry, and will also appeal to the wider community of high-level stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs, development banks, project funders and trade associations in the sector.

ICWEF’s core themes will include forecasts and opportunities in the construction industry, project management and successful project delivery, and equipment technology and asset management.

The ICWEF awards will honour projects from around the world that demonstrate excellence in management and execution. Most sought-after is expected to be the new World Project of the Year award, which will recognise outstanding success in a major construction project of global significance. Further categories for the awards and the composition of the judging panel will be announced at a later date.

Commenting on the acquisition, KHL Group managing director James King said, “Over the last five years Groeneveld has established CEWEF as a high-quality conference and networking event for the equipment industry. The acquisition by KHL Group will allow us to take it to the next level, broadening its appeal and establishing it as a true global meeting place for senior executives from all stakeholder groups in the worldwide construction industry. We will maintain ICWEF’s roots in the construction equipment industry, and we are delighted that Groeneveld remains committed to the event as a leading sponsor.”

CEWEF president, Thierry Schuermans said, “We are proud of what we have achieved with CEWEF over the last five years, and the positive feedback we have received from delegates after each event is testament for this. We are confident that under KHL’s stewardship, the event will continue to grow and reach its full potential as a global industry meeting place. We look forward to a continued long association with ICWEF.”

Published on: 20 DEZ 2012