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Three plant shows aim to replace the SED

There are now three plant shows aiming to replace the now defunct SED exhibition.

The cancellation of SED has left 2011 and other non-Hillhead years, without a working plant show.  

Now the Construction Equipment Technology Alliance (CETA) has announced it is to hold Demonstration Days on 15 and 16 June at Uttoxeter Race Course in Staffordshire. CETA has been formed by Halomec, MOBA mobile Automation, GKD Technik and OnGrade and its new show is designed to demonstrate and promote the enabling technology offered by its members. This ranges from on-board weighing to full 3D machine control and includes safety related items such as proximity warning systems and rated capacity indicators.

OnGrade director Gary Escott says: “In the future it is possible we may see a CETA pavilion at the major shows to provide a focal point for customers interested in business improvement technologies.”

Later this year The Big Plant and Offroad Show will take place at Dunsfold Park near Guildford in Surrey which has a permanent dedicated four-wheel drive test course. The two-day live-demonstration event will run on 22 and 23 September and is expected to attract some 8,000 visitors who will be able to have hands-on experience of some of the machines and vehicles on display. Companies such as Hydrema, Manitou, Thwaites and Merlo have already committed to exhibiting at the show and there will be dealer representation from Terex, Ammann and others including some access equipment specialists. Sales manager Graeme Lea says: “We expect representation from most of the big names.”

Tim Wadsworth sales director at Hydrema UK which will be at the September event believes it is important for manufacturers to show their machines every year. This is particularly the case in 2011 as the latest emissions regulations have lead to a raft of new machines being launched. 

However visitors will have to wait until 2013 for the first Plantworx exhibition (14 to 16 May at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire) as it was decided there was not enough time to organise an event for 2011. The show, which is being organised by the plant manufacturers’ organisation the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), will cover more than 80,000 sq m and will run biennially to alternate with Hillhead. Although there is almost two years before the show takes place, companies such as Volvo, JCB, Takeuchi, Thwaites and Hanix have already committed to exhibiting.

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