Building upon the first Plantworx show, the 2015 edition of the Plantworx Construction Machinery show closed on 4th June following a spectacular three-day event. Even with gale force winds (which threatened to tear down a few of our booths!) and heavy rain on the opening day, the event, held this year at Bruntingthorpe proving ground in Leicestershire, saw over 14,000 visitors – 18% higher than the 2013 event.
344 exhibitors laid claim to the 135,000 square metres over the three-day period and many of these saw immediate benefits with ground-breaking (excuse the pun!) deals being done at the show itself. L Lynch Plant Hire signed a £5.8m deal to buy 50 Cat 320E L Hydraulic Excavators at the show. The machines were sold by UK and Ireland Caterpillar dealer Finning.
The BBC were in attendance, broadcasting live from the event with BBC breakfast reporter Victoria Fritz interviewing leading members of the construction industry including Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and Managing Director of ASL. The programme was viewed by an estimated 1.5 million viewers, going a long way to promote the industry.
Social media platforms were buzzing with activity throughout and after the event. Machine operator and visitor Mark Richardson said via twitter “Plantworx you’ve put on a fabulous show, your whole team and all exhibitors deserve a pat on the back.”
Ollie Kitchin, Kitchin Plant Hire also visited the show he said “A lot of hard work certainly paid off, congratulations to all involved, looking forward to the next one.”
Adrian Patrick, Adrian Plant Hire was equally impressed “Well done on a great show all your hard work paid off see you in 2017.”
Plantworx exhibitor, Neil Richardson from Garic said “It’s a wrap – brilliant show, see you in two years! Thanks to all that visited us!”
Not to miss an opportunity, Plantworx saw the opportunity to encourage the next generation to learn more about the industry by holding a student afternoon and organising ‘stars of the future’ – an awards ceremony for apprentices. Awards were also given for stands and demonstrations.
Plantworx is a bi-annual event promoted by the CEA with the goal to by “the construction show for the industry by the industry”. To find out more about the 2017 show, visit http://www.plantworx.co.uk/.