I am at the biggest trade show in Vegas, at least by square footage (2.3 million) and weight (17 billion pounds of equipment). It's ConExpo, for the construction industry, which meets once every three years.
What's changed since they last met in 2005? Residential construction has imploded, hurting many of the firms here. But the world's their oyster.
For the first time, China has an equipment maker here, Liugong, showing off new equipment which may pose a serious threat to Caterpillar in China.
And this September, ConExpo will hold its first event in Russia. Which reminds me, while dining last night at Wing Lei inside the Wynn, I heard something I've never heard in Vegas before: Russian accents.