World Demolition Summit: the must-attend, annual industry showcase


  • Conference presentations from USA, India, Denmark, Italy, UK and more.
  • 51 shortlisted award entries from 35 companies in nine countries.
  • Event takes place in Amsterdam on 6 November, 2015.

This year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS), the seventh to be held, promises to be the most international in the event’s history, with conference presentations from four continents and shortlisted award entries from 35 companies in nine countries.
A total of 51 shortlisted entries will compete in 11 categories at the awards dinner in Amsterdam on 6 November. Preceding the awards dinner is the Summit conference, which will see reports on demolition and recycling from Australia, India, Denmark, USA and Europe.
The one-day event, which is again organised by Demolition & Recycling International (D&Ri) magazine in cooperation with the European Demolition Association (EDA), combines a top class conference with an awards dinner celebrating excellence in the industry.
Lindsay Gale, Editor of D&Ri, said the event was shaping up to be one of the most successful in its history; “We have world-renowned contractors, clients and manufacturers competing in the awards with some fantastic projects and innovations. The awards are an annual snapshot of all that’s best in the demolition and recycling industry.
“The conference programme also highlights some fascinating projects and research – this year from India, USA, New Zealand and Denmark – and showcases innovative thinking in safety, urban redevelopment and recycling policy.”
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The full programme and the awards shortlists can be found at:
Conference speakers include Shriram Matt of Indian demolition contractor Matte & Associates; Steve Jack, head of nuclear services at Squibb Group; David Sinclair, who spent his career with Safedem; Denis McGarel of Brandenburg Industrial Services; and Henrik Bonnesen, from Danish engineering consultant COWI.
Topics include nuclear decommissioning; investigations on sources of PCB contamination; a challenging demolition project at a major airport in India; the removal of an inner city hospital in Chicago; and one of the most significant explosive, high rise demolitions ever undertaken in the UK.
The shortlisted companies for the awards include some of the biggest names in the worldwide construction equipment, demolition and recycling sectors, including DDM Demontage (Netherlands), Despe (Italy), Coleman & Co (UK), Keltbray (UK), Two Rivers Demolition (USA), JCB (UK), Komatsu (Europe), Liebherr (Germany), Sandvik (Sweden), Mantovanibenne (Italy) and Nikau Contractors (New Zealand).
The Headline sponsor is Volvo CE, the Silver sponsor is OilQuick, and Supporting Sponsors are Dehaco, Lehnhoff Hartstahl, Mantovanibenne, NikauGroup and Rotar.