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    Panama's Global Hardware Trade Show highlights DIY

    22 de junio de 2018

    Panama City, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- Do it yourself activities (DIY) will be part of the novelties at Expo F 2018, the Global Hardware Trade Show to be held in the Panamanian capital with the participation of 150 exhibitors from 18 countries.

    The event, to be held between Sept. 20-22 at the Atlapa Convention Center, will exhibit for the first time a workshop where a house will be built by means of digital printing, using the automation of machine tools by CNC (computer numerical control), a fairly common technique for creating all the pieces needed for a building's construction.

    Besides the workshop called Wikihouse, the founder of Fab Lab Panama and Ecostudio, Matthew Hotsko, will give a conference on digital construction.

    During the day, the DIY Master of Iberoamerica will be announced, an honor created by the organization, aware of the revival of do it yourself thanks to social networks.

    As for the business display, leading companies in the sector will exhibit their products in the areas of ironwork for construction, tools, fasteners, building materials and pipe connections.

    The hardware event will include talks, workshops and professional meetings over three days, plus a VIP Buyers' Program that will offer international companies outstanding opportunities to establish contacts with the leading distributors in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Meanwhile, the Annual Industry Conference of Expo F, which will bring together relevant academic and business figures, will tackle the subjects of Doing Business in Latin America; Own Brands; Inventory Management; Loyalty Programs; Construction; Attention to Clients and Sales; Technology and Innovation; and Negotiating with Suppliers.

    Expo F 2018, organized by the Panamanian company America Expo Group, is designed to attract industry professionals: manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, importers, exporters, end users, as well as architects, construction companies, consultants, contractors, associations and governments.

    More than 5,000 people from some 20 countries are expected to attend the three-day event.

    In 2017, the Global Hardware Trade Show presented 200 brands from such countries as China, Costa Rica, the United States, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Panama, the UK, Taiwan and Turkey, with a display of products of hardware, tools, fasteners and metalwork.

    According to an independent analysis, investment in the international construction industry is estimated to reach $10.5 billion by 2023, driven chiefly by the growth of China, India and the United States.