Message from Steve Ducker, Editor, D&Ri

By Steve Ducker04 April 2022

“Conference – awards – networking”. Three small words, but for anyone familiar with the World Demolition Summit (WDS), they carry a lot of meaning.

Steve Ducker Steve Ducker, Editor, D&Ri. (Photo: D&Ri magazine)

This was particularly true of the 2021 event, when the industry returned in force to an in-person gathering after a year when the summit was regrettably – though ultimately successfully – hosted online as demolition and recycling battled against Covid-19.

After the announcement at the end of 2020 that the next WDS would be in Chicago, USA, those delegates, sponsors, speakers and awards entrants who backed the event enjoyed going back to normal.

The only downside was that, with pandemic-related travel restrictions remaining in place, we were not able to welcome visitors from Europe and Australasia in anything like the numbers that we have become accustomed to.

But for those inside the summit venue, it was business as usual.

Now we look ahead to 2022 and to the 14th WDS. With another new host city, the Austrian capital Vienna, we have a fitting stage for a truly global audience to celebrate their industry, catch up with old contacts and meet some new ones.

And it is our first Europe-based summit since Dublin in 2018, which makes it even more of a must-see.

In recent years we have seen companies win a category at the World Demolition Awards after being inspired by a WDS conference presentation. It is not just a social event. It could change your working life as well.

So save the date – 16 and 17 November 2022 – and book your place.

You will be glad you did.

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