The third edition of The Big 5 Construct Kenya expo, an initiative of the National Construction Authority, begun Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) with over 210 exhibitors drawn from 30 countries.
The Big 5 Construct provides a training platform for professionals in the construction industry by offering free workshops that provide career development points with certification.
Speaking at the event, Maj Gen (Rtd) Dr. Gordon O. Kihalangwa, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Public Works commented: “As you are aware the government has embarked on a lot of construction projects and we need to collaborate with other industry players to achieve the best. This event brings together over 200 exhibitors and there is a lot for us to learn from each one of them,” he said.
Senior Vice President at event organizer dmg events Ben Greenish added: “We continue to witness keen interest from the local building community to develop the industry in Kenya, and we are delighted to provide a platform where they can interact with international players seeking to introduce the latest building products and solutions to the region.”
Eng. Maurice Akech, Executive Director National Construction Authority said The Big 5 Construct Kenya is a unique opportunity for all industry stakeholders to not only showcase what they have to offer, but to also pick up new, innovative ideas and get a glimpse into the latest industry trends.
“The exhibition provides a platform for all sectors within the construction industry, from infrastructure to energy, which creates a valuable learning experience for visitors. There are numerous business opportunities to be explored by adopting concepts that have worked in international markets, which ultimately leads to both industrial and economic growth.”
The event showcases products across five of the most popular product sectors including Building Interiors, Building Materials & Tools, Building Services, HVAC-R, and Concrete & PMV. Heavyweights such as JCB and Al Hatim Décor are also using the week as a platform to launch several products to the local market.
Topics within the workshop series cover relevant themes including Project Management, Architecture & Design, Sustainable Future Construction, and the all-new Disruptive Technology series. The event also hosts the upgraded Women in Construction series, featuring an all-female speaker line up.
Since its first edition in 2016, the expo has grown by 70 per cent, making it one of the largest construction events in Kenya. Last year it attracted 13,000 participants.
The event runs from 5 – 7 November at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.