Spanish companies will be hunting for technologies at Samoter and Asphaltica. Veronafiere has invited a very high-level technical delegation to attend the two shows, scheduled from 8-11 May. The Spanish buyers are technical managers for machinery and technologies at some of the most important general contractors in the country and will be accompanied by the Technical Director of Seopan, the main sector association.
The Spanish companies sending management exponents to Verona are true global giants. They include Dragados (ACS group), Acciona, Ohl and Coprosa – companies whose turnover is measured in billions of euros generated by large-scale works in all continents. The ACS Group to which Dragados belongs for works outside Spain and whose President is Florentino Perez – well-known in Italy as the patron of football club Real Madrid – is a global reality and works in Asia, South America and Africa. It ranked fourth in the world in 2013 in the list of the top 250 general contractors by overall turnover (50.6 billion dollars in 2012) and first in the world in 2013 in terms of revenues generated by international activities compared to “national” projects with more than 42.7 billion dollars.
Acciona, on its part, has just taken the tender for rebuilding a motorway in New South Wales, Australia, worth 1.5 billion dollars and is competing in Australia again for contracts worth a further 5.5 billions. It is the only Spanish company to appear in the ranking of the top 100 companies in the world for sustainability published every year by “Corporate Knights” to analyse the performance of large groups based on twelve indicators, including environmental performance, innovation and corporate governance. The OHL Group is especially active in infrastructures and residential and commercial/industrial real estate; it boasts a strong presence in North and South America through companies in Brazil, Mexico and Florida, USA. Coprosa has stood out in recent years as one of the most dynamic Spanish general construction companies. It combines the construction of roads and railways (specialising in particular in tunnelling) with the construction of public and private buildings.
The decision to attended Samoter and Asphaltica as buyers further confirms the high technological level of the equipment displayed by exhibitors. The offering this year is even more complete thanks to the strategic decision to hold Samoter and Asphaltica at the same time in the same place. Major infrastructural works, in fact, often require both earthmoving and construction machinery as well as equipment for road paving and road safety solutions. Professional visitors will therefore have a hands-on opportunity to assess offerings and technological solutions in both sectors.