PRESS RELEASE: Peak Crowds Connect At Australia's Only Hire Expo

Peak visitor numbers through the doors of HIRE16 – the only hire industry exhibition in Australia – generated industry wide interest in new technology, new products and new equipment for the hire industry across the indoor and outdoor exhibition.

Held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) 5-6 May, 2016, HIRE16 provided a forum for the $6.5bn Australian industry to connect over the two day event.

With two days in the one location of live demonstrations outdoors as well as two days of exhibition display inside including general hire, access equipment, events, marquees and structure suppliers, HIRE16 – Connecting People provided the only specialised assembly in Australia for the hire and related markets.

Hosted by key industry representative body, the Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA), HIRE16 offered impact networking opportunities at key social events as well as via keynote speakers and industry seminars.

With a total of 88 exhibitors over just under 3000m2 of combined exhibition floor space both indoor and outdoor, more than 1200 dedicated hire industry visitors enjoyed two days of inter-industry relationship and network building.

Keynote speaker on day one, Australian financial economics commentators, Michael Pascoe highlighted indicators showing Australia has lost sight of the many business opportunities in an economy like ours. He pointed out Australia is a world economy champion – with 25 years of continuous growth without recession. He said though we now face a two speed economy between the Victorian and NSW led infrastructure investment opportunities, service industries are again on the rise and will provide alternate opportunities if they are not overlooked.

Futurist Steve Sammartino pointed out we live in the technological revolution where connectivity is everything – more important even than technology. He showed delegates we are moving into an age of ‘co-opitition’ (not competition) where collaboration is the name of the game in a collaborative economy.

Industry seminars on day two covered GOLDOC tendering for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, updates on what has been happening with the PPSA (Personal Properties Security Act and the negative impacts on the hire industry) as well as technical review on Australian and International Standards and maintenance for EWPs (Elevating Work Platforms) with the EWPA (Elevating Work Platform Association).

“Building relationships and creating new networks is vital in times of economic stress and HIRE16 – Connecting People offered a crucial meeting point for the entire hire industry and associated markets in Australia,” HRIA CEO, James Oxenham said.

“HIRE16 Connecting People has been all about connecting people with ideas, information and strategies to work smarter and more effectively. Today, it is more important than ever to look to our industry’s core strengths and focus on our unity as an industry to become an ever more viable market,” Mr Oxenham said.

The hire industry in Australia links an enormous field of industries, providing equipment for construction, mining, arbor and horticultural, landscaping, excavating and earthmoving, road construction, materials handling and working at heights, local councils and government, and facilities management as well as the events industry in Australia, among others.

The HRIA National Convention culminated Friday, 6 May, 2016 with the presentation and delivery of the Hire Industry Excellence Awards which recognise outstanding achievement and industry excellence.

Paying tribute to the exceptional standards of service and innovation displayed throughout the sector, the HRIA Hire Industry Excellence Awards cover several categories, including Rental Company of the Year and Access Supplier of the Year.

For more information contact the HRIA national office: +61 2 9998 2255 or visit the HRIA web