Table ronde INTERMAT Paris

A round table to discuss the challenges of decarbonisation

The next edition of INTERMAT, the sustainable construction solutions and technology exhibition, will take place from 24 to 27 April 2024 in Paris Nord Villepinte. One year before the opening of the exhibition, the round table on 20 April was an opportunity to bring together the presidents of the construction industry’s major professional organisations, who had come to share a common forward view in order to build a collective pathway to decarbonisation. This mobilisation reflects INTERMAT's ambition to bring the entire sector together to interact, debate and move forward together to address this challenge.

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Isabelle Alfano, Director of the INTERMAT exhibition and Laurent Noël, Divisional Managing Director at COMEXPOSIUM, were joined at the round table by Philippe Cohet, President of DLR, Jean-Claude Fayat, President of EVOLIS, Bruno Cavagné, President of the FNTP, Pascal Guillemain, President of SEIMAT and Christophe Possémé, President of the UMGO-FFB

Decarbonisation: the central theme of the 2024 edition

In discussions around the central theme of this new edition, the speakers shared their expectations in terms of solutions and technologies to rise to the challenge of decarbonisation, and also debated the need to consider energy, economic, training, recruitment and job enhancement issues globally, at industry level.

Isabelle Alfano: The 2024 edition has been designed to respond to the major challenge of decarbonisation, which is impacting the production model of every player in the construction industry. Against this background, we are delighted that the sector’s five main professional organisations have joined us: EVOLIS,  DLR, the Fédération Française du Bâtiment, the Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics and SEIMAT. The collaborative and collective dimension is the very essence of a trade fair. Our mission is to clarify the French offer, but also to look at what is happening in Europe and abroad and to move the government to action on our sector’s fundamental role.  This is why we have revised our format and enriched our offer around the sector's major challenges: Innovation, Energy (new), New equations, CSR.

Bruno Cavagné: The industry's major objective is the race to decarbonise, with infrastructure construction accounting for 3.5% of CO2 emissions, twice the sector's share of GDP. With emissions from infrastructure use accounting for 50% of CO2, this is a major lever for decarbonising the country, which requires time and expertise. We need INTERMAT so that we can work together, understand better, navigate our way through this, get out of the European stability pact and have a realistic vision of this energy transition.

Christophe Possémé: Decarbonisation is much more than simply polluting less, it is a new way of operating construction sites, in terms of visual, noise and pollution aspects, and a new way of organising the work. The new generations of employees want greater well-being at work and this primarily involves the equipment used, which has a central role to play in changing practices.  If it is to rise to the challenge of human resources, to stimulate young people’s interest in the construction trades, the sector must further improve working conditions on construction sites, think about training opportunities of tomorrow, and develop technological platforms in apprenticeship training centres (CFAs) with state-of-the-art equipment.

Philippe Cohet: INTERMAT will be the ideal opportunity to review the issue of the choice of fuels and the energy solutions we should adopt for equipment. 80% of the equipment used by constructors and users is rented, which makes it possible to have the latest high-performance technology at our disposal. The issue of use is also key: we need to create value with regard to the constant developments in equipment, to deliver its entire value-in-use including resale value. We need to reduce time on construction sites, have the right equipment for the right use, especially in Low Emission Zones. This is why it is important to develop an industry with a more collaborative approach.

Jean-Claude Fayat: In France, we are fortunate to have an industry of an exceptional quality not found in other countries. Uncertainty in the face of regulatory changes requires us to think in terms of industries and no longer simply in terms of equipment manufacturers in respect of customers. Decarbonisation is not only about engines, it is also about recycling solutions, including for equipment. INTERMAT has to be the trade fair of a united and proactive industry that produces technical solutions. The exhibition must also offer career prospects to young people to show that these are great jobs that are in tune with the times.

Pascal Guillemain: For us to continue to work while controlling costs, to balance the environmental, technical and financial equation, the role of digital technologies is crucial. We need to demonstrate what already exists, but above all we need to develop ideas and solutions to make it easier to deliver decarbonised energy to construction sites. The digitalisation of construction sites, and connected machines etc., have a key role to play in bringing about better coordination and overall productivity.  The aim is to look ahead to the year 2050 and to have a significant political impact.

Laurent Noël: Because the stakes in the sector are so enormous, we have upgraded INTERMAT to a more collaborative, less transactional model in order to deliver a collective response. Supply and demand will meet for the first time with the support of the entire construction industry, to interact, debate and respond to future challenges. This is the ambition embraced by INTERMAT 2024, which aims to be the voice of the entire industry. We will address all the major issues of the sector, and also organise dialogue with public authorities and thus give civil society and, in particular, the CSR dimension, the importance it deserves. Many sector leaders have already signed up: Alphi, Bobcat, Cummins, Imer, Komatsu, Groupe Monnoyeur, Putzmeister, Sany, Sateco, Schwing Stetter, Sunward, Takeuchi, Topcon, Wacher Neuson; and many other players are in the process of  joining us. So, together, let's set our exhibition on the road to success!

INTERMAT 2024: an edition redesigned by and for the industry's professionals

While INTERMAT aims to build on its past assets, the 2024 edition will deliver a more comprehensive offer and address broader themes to better meet the needs of today's construction companies.  

The exhibition therefore aims to focus on four main pillars in response to the major challenges of the sector, each of which will inspire highlights and developments:


At the same time, it is expanding its ecosystem to include new partners, offering new spaces around the major challenges of the sector and growing the exhibitor offer around five major areas of expertise:

  • Earthworks, Demolition and Transport
  • Roads, Materials and Foundations Industries
  • Lifting and Handling
  • Building and Concrete Industry, including the WOCE event which will present the entire value chain of the concrete industry, from end to end

New for 2024: a hub dedicated to New Technologies and Energy.

In addition, as part of its decarbonisation approach, INTERMAT intends to rationalise its tools and actions, in particular by running the exhibition over 4 days instead of 6, and will offer its exhibitors support with a sobriety approach.

Finally, visitors will be able to enjoy a demonstration area, which is an integral part of INTERMAT’s DNA. Over 4 days, this area will showcase innovative equipment in real-life conditions.

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About the organisers

S.E. INTERMAT brings together:

  • EVOLIS, a grouping of CISMA (construction, infrastructure, steel and handling equipment association) and PROFLUID (French pumps and agitators, compressors and valves association), is the trade organisation representing the players in the French mechanical equipment market. Since its merger with SYMOP (organisation of machines and equipment for industrial production), EVOLIS now represents 600 member companies, 82,000 jobs in France and a turnover of 18 billion euros, of which 11 billion euros is exported.
  • SEIMAT, the Association of International Civil Engineering, Mining, Construction and Hoisting Equipment Industries. SEIMAT federates and drives the leading global players in construction machinery and equipment operating in France. The trade association brings its members key expertise on legal, technical, social, environmental, customs, and health & safety issues. It also offers constantly updated information on economic and industrial activity, and produces equipment sales statistics for France. Through its society Club SEIMAT, it actively contributes to promoting and enhancing the brand image of jobs in construction and handling maintenance.
  • COMEXPOSIUM, one of the leading event organisers worldwide, creating events that bring communities together to discover and explore businesses, passions and interests.  Comexposium organises more than 150 professional and general public events, covering more than 10 sectors of activity (agriculture/food, retail/digital, fashion/accessories, leisure…). The group connects 48,000 exhibitors and 3.5 million visitors, 365 days a year in 22 countries. Creating experiences and encounters between individuals, Comexposium enables throughout its events (SIAL, All4Pack, Paris Retail Week, One to One Monaco & Biarritz, Foire de Paris, Rétromobile, etc.) and its associated content its communities to be connected all year round through an effective and targeted omni-channel approach.

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