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Asphaltica facts & figures

By now a landmark for the entire road sector and even held in high regard internationally (as confirmed by attendance of many – and large – foreign delegations), Asphaltica has achieved growing success since the first edition held in 2003

A brief historical overview

2003 - 1st EDITION

Since its debut, Asphaltica has always sought to highlight innovations ensuring tangible benefits as regards the state of the art as well as intelligent, practical, cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
An impressive conference programme – the pride of the show from the very outset – was an ideal framework complementing exhibition days and involved 130 exhibitors and almost 8 thousand visitors.

2004 - 2nd EDITION

An expanded and more mature edition that presented one of the very first mobile asphalt systems dating back to the 1920s. Asphaltica also encompassed two highly specialized and related events – Urbania, dedicated to street furnishings, and Binaria, an exhibition of railway construction equipment and technologies – with impressive results: almost 20,000 sq.m. of show area and around 170 exhibitors.
The conferences and seminars organized by the Association and the main exhibiting companies were also very well attended. Considerable space was dedicated to the presentation of SITEB’s new technical road maintenance manual, as well as an award to commemorate engineer Delfino Parodi, one of the main figures in the Italian asphalt industry.
Even art has had its share of attention. Exploiting the same technique as used by Caravaggio in 1600, painter Massimo Marangio showed off his skills to by visitors by painting with bitumen during the Show. Sculptures in asphaltic rock by Guzzardi, a photographic exhibition and the projection room with more than 600 slides worthily completed the artistic aspect of the event.

2006 - 3rd EDITION

PThe 2006 show was particularly praiseworthy: the three exhibition halls were occupied by all the leading brands on a worldwide scale. Italian road building machinery and petroleum fields were present in depth with the top players and major companies that process bitumen into a special and highly sophisticated product. The most important road building companies operating mainly in the North East of Italy also attended.
Mention must also be made of the show dedicated to the Magan Ship - a life-size reconstruction of a Bronze Age reed and bitumen boat that sailed the seas of the Arabian Peninsula 5000 years ago.
Having grown in all respects, Asphaltica attracted more than 180 exhibitors in an area of 23,000 square meters and 8,500 visitors (an increase of 7% compared to the previous edition).
There was also significant attendance by foreign operators (+30%), mostly from Eastern Europe (especially Poland and the Balkans).

2008 - 4th EDITION

A perfect balance between business show and convention-cultural content helped operators experience the innovation and vivacity of the sector to the full.
ANAS presented during a conference – for the first time ever – the new and eagerly awaited Technical Performance Specifications, attracting involvement by a great many technicians representing major national contractors. With over 200 exhibitors and around 9,000 visitors, once again in 2008 Asphaltica confirmed its status as the reference event for the road sector in Italy.

2010 - 5th EDITION

A very impressive and interesting edition that demonstrated a great willingness to respond to the economic crisis affecting almost all sectors.
Attendance by foreign delegations was very important, including one from Russian comprising about 90 representatives of public administrations and road sector associations, as well as high-profile private-sector entrepreneurs.
The visits by the Chairmen and CEOs of EAPA (European Asphalt Paving Association) and IBEF (International Bitumen Emulsion Federation) were also highly appreciated, as well as attendance by important members of the IRF (International Road Federation), the Turkish Asphalt Association and Colas Group, a leading company in the road infrastructures sector – not to mention operators from Albania, Venezuela, Sweden and many other countries. In all, more than 400 foreign delegates helped enhance internationalization at Asphaltica 2010, alongside almost 200 exhibitors and about 8,000 professional visitors.
More than thirty conferences focusing on current industry issues also achieved significant success with audiences.

2012 - 6th EDITION

The 6th edition of Asphaltica highlighted the strong reactivity by the entire sector that, despite the continuing economic downturn, continued to believe in the future with courage and innovation.
New exhibiting companies from abroad attended the Show and, for the first time, road safety products and systems joined the world of Asphaltica.
Attendance by the academic world was also consolidated.

2014 - 7th EDITION

The last edition of Asphaltica – dedicated to the environment, safety and paving durability – was held in Verona in conjunction with SaMoTer, the International Earth Moving and Building Machinery Exhibition.
The crisis in the construction sector somewhat reduced attendance by foreign exhibitors but did not affect the success of Asphaltica – that once again was a great success in terms of exhibitors, visitors and the wealth of conferences and meetings on offer.
The conference initiatives were extremely popular, as ever, including several professional training sessions with professional training credits for engineers.

Facts and figures - 2014 edition

  • 3,926 sq.m. of net occupied area
  • 69 exhibitors, 26.09% international from 13 countries
  • 30,092 visitors, 4,610 international from 57 countries
  • 189 journalists, 38 international

2017 - 8th EDITION

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