SED 2010 was postponed to 2011 and then scrapped by its owner, Reed Business Publishing, citing unfavourable economic conditions. The CEA, whose members include UK equipment manufacturers and the UK operations of international manufacturers such as Volvo and Manitou, saw the need for a traditional trade show for construction machinery to continue.
Plantworx will be held every other year, alternating with the Hillhead mining and quarrying show in Buxton. It will have a strong focus on construction equipment, tools and equipment accessories – with machinery demonstration its core feature.
Manufacturers already committing their support to the new event include: Manitou, Merlo, Hanix Europe, Takeuchi, Thwaites, JCB, Ammann, Hyundai, Bomag, Altrad Belle, Brendon Powerwashers, Case and New Holland Construction.
CEA chief executive Rob Oliver said: “Plantworx is the CEA’s response to our members’ enthusiasm for a new event which will give them a solid return for their marketing investment. By organising it as a trade show “for the industry, by the industry” we plan to be responsive to both exhibitor and visitor requirements. This is why we are consulting widely amongst the construction community on what they want to see in the show. This is an exciting project for us, all the more so as such a large number of leading companies have already pledged their support.”
The Construction Plant Hire Association) has also given Plantworx its backing and will be promoting it through its members. CPA chief executive Colin Wood said: “We will be working with the CEA to ensure that it is a show that provides maximum interest for the plant hire sector”.
Leading manufacturers have been closely consulted to ensure the event will meet the needs of suppliers as well as the requirements of its target audience involved in buying, specifying and operating construction equipment.
The inaugural Plantworx wants to attract at least 250 exhibiting companies. Key to success will be the largest demonstration areas ever provided at a UK event.