Germany's construction economy is humming. Accordingly, sentiment at this year's BetonTage convention in Neu-Ulm was upbeat. Around 2,100 participants from 20 different countries visited this industry meet-up of the precast concrete industry between 14 and 16 February 2017. The convention, a classic industry event, offered an extensive agenda for insiders, headline "Creating Living Environments." The focus was on recent developments in the areas of concrete engineering, manufacturing processes and standardization. The exhibition taking place simultaneously with a fully booked roster of 160 booths provided an overview of new developments in the equipment, software and supplier industries. As always, networking played a key role, with visitors having plenty of opportunity to engage in it during coffee breaks, the communication evening and the exhibitor events.