by | Jan 9, 2019 | Industry News

St. Petersburg, FL – In May 2018, CSDA traveled to Japan for an industry event hosted by the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers (IACDS).

The IACDS 2018 Annual Convention was held May 21-23 in Tokyo and had record attendance of over 100 delegates from all over the world! The convention provided a platform for industry representatives from all over the world to improve their knowledge of the international concrete cutting community through workshops, conference sessions, tours and networking events.

The aim of both IACDS and this event has long been to create an established forum for debate and the cultivation of ideas and opportunities.

The general assembly meeting was conducted by IACDS President Julie White. IACDS currently has 21 members including eight country associations from France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States

The first day of the program included a tour and lecture at Dai-Ichi Cutter Kogyo. On the second day there were two conference sessions and an exhibit hall. Some of the topics discussed included case stories from Japan, monitoring health issues in the industry and recruiting millennials.

The 2018 IACDS Annual Convention also included several optional activities and social outings that allowed participants to see the many amazing sights of Tokyo, all while networking with their internationals peers.

The IACDS 2019 Convention will be held in April in Munich in conjunction with bauma.

For more information about the event, please visit

IACDS is an international trade association of sawing and drilling associations from the concrete construction and renovation industry. Its mission is to provide an international union and cooperation of trade associations to support and promote professional development of professional sawing and drilling contractors and their methods. CSDA, FBS, SVBS and DSA were all instrumental in creating this umbrella organization of sawing and drilling associations back in 1995. Today IACDS is composed of associations from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.