What to expect at UTICAM 2013

As with its second edition UTICAM seems to comfortably take place in the Bucharest constructions scene and to define a position amongst the reference events in this field.

The organizers aim high for this years’ edition. The event was scheduled from the 27th to the 31st of March, avoiding the possibility of a national holiday to send potential visitors towards other destinations, as it happened last year. Therefore, should your agenda be free, make sure to mark the respective days with at least a visit to UTICAM. This year the organizers made the resolution to invite again representative names of the construction industry and there are at least 30 companies so far to announce their presence at the event. The novelty is that UTICAM drew attention of the foreign players. Amongst the exhibitors this year, there will be participants from Spain and Greece.
The stakes are clear. As by the organizers estimation, there are over 3500 visitors to reach this event and any of them may be a potential buyer for the exhibitors. The ambitions of this year are higher. If last year 45 exhibitors brought to Bucharest 200 construction machines, this year there will be 400 models on show, at Romaero Băneasa. And the best part is that over 70% of them are new releases.
Last year, constructionshows.com attended the first edition of UTICAM and this year we will be again among the participants. We will talk to exhibitors, we will check on the novelties, on the developments of old models and, mostly, we will attempt to find out were the constructions market heads to.
Just as last year the Romanian constructions market expects a larger state involvement, by attracting European funds for infrastructure and not only. The tendency is to rehabilitate older buildings, rather then building new ones but good news is the highways network may grow this year with almost 150 km of Corridor IV, Constanţa Nădlac. On another hand, residential prices will continue to lower, since the Government plans to finance only new buildings through the „First Home” project.
Romanians have focused over the past years on own housing developments, to the detriment of the developments of specialized companies, but a growing interest was observed for the energetic efficiency of new buildings. Europewide, actually, over 40% of the energy is consumed for the climatization of buildings, so it was expected solutions will be researched already in the construction stage. We therefore may speak about a maturation of the market, where the lowest price does no longer yields. In other words, cheap is no longer affordable.
Author: Raluca Lupoian