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Val Ledden, managing director of Volvo Construction Equipment, was equally pleased with the show. He said: ‘Hillhead 2012 offered the opportunity to both strengthen existing partnerships and establish new relationships – and I’m delighted to say we were not disappointed. Even the torrential rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of visitors on the last day – a tremendous effort by all in challenging conditions.”

Marubeni-Komatsu were among the ‘big hitters’ making a welcome return following their absence in 2010. Marketing manager Edward Prosser said, “This year we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary, so we were very happy to be back at the show as it gave us the opportunity to celebrate with our existing customers and to meet potential new customers. We are already looking forward to exhibiting again at Hillhead 2014.”

Making and eye-catching return, Alex Andrews, marketing development manager at Finning UK, said, “Hillhead 2012 was a very good show for us. The foot-flow on our stand on the middle day alone was what we expected for all three days! We picked up 1,000 leads on day one and even more on day two, and we also had a lot more international visitors than we anticipated.”

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Hillhead also offers an ideal platform for overseas exhibitors to break into the UK and Ireland markets. Edward Milosevic Pepper, who is responsible for marketing at Talleres Núñez, Spain’s leading manufacturer of screen media for the quarrying and mining industries, was delighted with the positive response from British visitors at this year’s show.

“As a first-time exhibitor, the number and quality of visitors to our stand has been excellent,’ he enthused. ‘Unlike Bauma and Intermat, Hillhead represents specific industry sectors and this has helped us to make direct contact with potential new customers from the UK mineral products industry.”

Likewise, Bruce Bricknell, managing director of Corgin, the UK agents for Duztech mobile mist cannons, was equally impressed with the scale and quality of visitors to the show. “The mist cannons are mainly used in construction and waste applications around the world, but we now want to focus our efforts in the UK quarrying industry, and the level of interest in the Duztech range at Hillhead has been phenomenal.”

Congratulations to the organisers

The organizers, QMJ Publishing’ and their team are to be congratulated on their total effort in making the show so enjoyable. Free parking, free entry, excellent traffic marshalling and a well presented exhibition area take a lot of time to plan and implement. Given the size of some of the equipment, logistics must also be a big challenge.

Summing up Hillhead 2012, event director Jack Berridge said, “I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone, exhibitors and visitors alike, who contributed towards making this year’s event such a success for the industry. Despite the challenges facing the construction supply chain in the UK, the show was over 10% bigger than two years ago and once again we have managed to get through without any significant personal injuries, which means we have now gone 13 years without a reportable incident at the show.”

Contractors World magazines visited many of the exhibitors to find out more about what is happening in the industry and what are the more recent developments in plant, equipment and services for the quarrying and related industries. Although I do have to admit that, on seeing the atrocious weather conditions on the third day, I decided not to go, but paid the price as the expected 3 hour journey back took almost 6! [cwmags]

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