Our first port of call was a visit to the large and stunning JCB stand in the outdoor area, where a host of new products were on show.
But before we toured the stand to take a closer look at some of the new machines on offer, we were in for a treat with a high octane performance by members of the dancing digger display team, supported by some amazing acrobatic dancers, depicting man and machine in action.
One of the highlights for me was actually getting a close up look at some models from the new fuel efficient, 23-strong JS range of excavators, including the new JS210 model featured here.
The machines new cab was also attracting a lot of attention during my visits to the JCB stand, but an early morning visit on the Tuesday enabled me to get a good and unobstructed shot of it.
The Digger Blog is in the process of organizing some operational stick time in some of these latest models so a full report on them will follow soon.