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APR 2017

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Page 8 of 67 ROCK products • April 2017 • 7 "Our shows are renowned as an industry showcase of 'what's next,' and this year's show did not disappoint. From the new Tech Experience, which highlighted the vital connection between technology and construction to the culmination of AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, this year's show demonstrated the rapid inno- vation in our industry," said Goldsbury. The technological changes revolution- izing construction and manufacturing were a central feature throughout the show. The first-ever Tech Experience pavilion attracted solid traffic throughout the week, as attendees flocked to see the world's first-ever 3D-printed excavator, hear from industry innovators during a collection of "Tech Talks," and engage with the conclusion of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale, which awarded $100,000 in prize money to winners over a crowdsourced competition to develop forward-looking infrastructure solutions. "Keeping pace with technology is crit- ical for our industries' success and the 3D-printed excavator featuring fluid power innovations, is a perfect example of the shows' future-forward commitment to explore innovations that are happen- ing now and the exciting possibilities ahead," said Robert Mortensen, IFPE 2017 chair and president of HUSCO International. The new Tech Experience at ConEx- po-Con/Agg and IFPE 2017 amplified the technology throughout the show floor, with an emphasis on emerging construction innovations that are driving change and process improve- ments across the industry. Three interactive zones gave attendees a firsthand glimpse at the technologies Caterpillar executives were grilled by national media at its press conference. Ben Brock updated the media on Astec's many divisions.

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