Demolition industry summit launched

17 March 2009

A major new event for the world-wide demolition industry is being launched by D&Ri and the European Demolition Association. Called The Demolition Summit, the event will take place in November this year in the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam.

The summit - which is expected to attract more than 400 people from leading firms and suppliers - will include a top-level conference and the inaugural Demolition Awards gala dinner, a celebration of the very best in the industry from around the globe.

The whole event will be open to all to all demolition companies and the relevant manufacturers and suppliers, whether members of the EDA or not.

The conference programme has yet to be finalised but topics being discussed include:

- the latest economic forecast for the industry

- case studies of notable projects

- waste, recycling and the environment

- developments in high reach excavators

- improving safety standards.

The Demolition Awards will be the first such event to be dedicated to and judged by this specialised sector of the construction industry.

They are intended to recognise those demolition contractors, large and small, who have displayed excellence over the course of their demolition activities by applying best practices, ensuring health and safety during their work, displaying innovation in terms of demolition techniques and in their attitude to the environment in which they operate.

Entries will be judged by a panel of leading demolition and C&D recycling experts from around Europe, and is open to all. Contractors and manufacturers do not have to be members of their particular national association or of the EDA to apply

The awards categories are as follows:

- Demolition Job of the Year
- Demolition Company of the Year
- Demolition Safety Award
- Demolition Training Award
- Demolition and Recycling Environmental Award
- Best Explosive Demolition Award
- Best Industrial Demolition Award
- Best Confined Space/Urban Demolition Award
- Manufacturers Innovation Award (Series Products)
- Manufacturers Innovation Award (Custom Products)
- Best Customer Support Award

Lindsay Gale, editor of D&Ri, said: "The summit will celebrate and promote the very best the demolition industry has to offer. It will also give those attending the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and to make new ones - and hopefully to gain new insights into the challenges facing us all. It promises to be a first rate event."

The summit will open on the evening of November 5 with a drink reception hosted by the EDA. The conference and the awards dinner will take place on the following day, November 6.

Further information and full entry and booking details are available at

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