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2013 Vol 3 No 4
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the Finning standThe odd celebrity or two braved the elements to attend Plantworx 2013!
Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the Finning stand (right)

Following on so soon after Bauma, there was little that was on show for the first time, but it was still an opportunity for the 11,000+ visitors to see machines on display and being demonstrated in the UK for the first time. And Bauma is an expensive show to visit. Plantworx 2013 was centrally located and entrance was free.

Some of the more interesting equipment on show is reviewed in the ‘What’s New’ section and as more gets out in to the field we hope to bring appropriate application stories, where the real benefits of the equipment is proven one way or another.

It worked

Talking to the various exhibitors, they were very understanding of the difficulties the organizers had faced and recognized that for any event of this size, there would be the occasional hiccup. And no one could have anticipated such a cold, wet lead-up to the event with record rainfalls and low temperatures.

Fortunately most of the exhibitors had planned for adverse weather and those stands with adequate shelter became an escape from the torrential rain when it came at you horizontally in the strong winds that laughed at people’s attempts to use umbrellas. Coffee and other beverages were readily available and most welcome, although some of the ‘hot spots’ did get a little crowded at times.

Stoical British construction workers were not deterred. They walked the temporary access routes and trod carefully over the grassed areas, some of which were slowly becoming difficult as they turned to mud. But, for the construction ‘workers’ no problem in their heavy work boots as they wore their wet weather gear to walk the many demonstrations. Unfortunately some of the stand workers had to access the conditions wearing less than appropriate footwear. Stiletto heels and soft underground conditions are not a combination to be recommended.

Business was brisk

Although the attendance was less than anticipated, the exhibitors generally commented on the quality of the visitors and many reported good sales leads and sales off the stand.

During my two days at the event, I did not find any dissenting comments which augers well for Plantworx 2015. And that will be with us sooner than you think!

The Organizers can take pride and satisfaction in delivering, for the most part, their original concept and have set a standard from which future events can grow. And Contractors World is confident that, running alternate years to Hillhead, it will become a regular ‘must see’ event.

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