Following the success of its briefings and webinars, Off-Highway Research will hold an in-person, one-day conference in Chicago on 28th September. The event will offer a deep dive into the outlook for the construction equipment industry, as well as pressing issues such as the supply chain disruption and the move to alternative fuels.
The venue for the event will be the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, a convenient location for the many companies based in and around the Chicago area, as well as those travelling nationally and internationally.
Off-Highway Research managing director, Chris Sleight said, “As popular as our webinars continue to be, there is no substitute for meeting face to face, with all the networking opportunities that offers. We have scheduled our inaugural in-person conference for a time when we believe ‘normal’ life will have resumed and that people will be keen to meet after the isolating experiences of Covid."
The conference programme will provide deep insights into the state of the industry, which has followed an unprecedented and unexpected path through the pandemic. As the world comes out of the pandemic and governments use stimulus spending to enliven their economies. At the same time, there will be negatives as interest rates start to rise and the huge public debts which have been built up during the pandemic are addressed. Both will impact on equipment sales, and these will be discussed in detail during the conference.
As well as looking at market trends, the conference will address some of the major issues facing the industry. Supply chains and transportation issues have led to long lead times in the last year, and these are still expected to be an issue throughout 2022. A section of the programme will look at why these problems arose and what changes can be made to avoid them in the future.
Time will also be given to the use of alternative power in construction, looking at both electrification and the use of hydrogen as an alternative to diesel and other fossil fuels. Experts will discuss the viability of different approaches and the special requirements of the construction equipment industry.
More information about the event is available on the dedicated website, www.offhighwayconference.com, including an outline programme and speaker information. Further speaker announcements will be made in the next few weeks, along with publication of the full programme.
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