Hillhead Heading For Sell-out
Over 400 exhibitors line up to take part in this year's show
Once again the highly popular Hillhead exhibition is on course for a complete sell-out, with 414 exhibitors already booked to take part in the biennial showcase event for the quarrying, recycling and associated industries. As usual, the live demonstration areas which add much to the show’s unique atmosphere will be throbbing with the sound of a vast array of crushing, screening and recycling equipment from manufacturers such as BL-Pegson, Baughan, CRMS, Erin, Extec, Finlay, Fintec, MMD, OM Spa, Parker, Powerscreen, Taylor Woolhouse, Tesab, TMS and Viper. Likewise, the avenues of indoor and outdoor static displays will also be packed with exhibitors offering wide range of plant, equipment and services to the industry.
Next month’s issue of Quarry Management will contain a special ‘Hillhead Preview’ feature highlighting numerous items of plant and equipment making their debut appearance at this year’s show, however among the more unusual products on display will be a 100-tonne Terrain Leveler from US manufacturers Vermeer. Powered by a 600hp (447kW) Cat engine, the tracked-mounted T1255 Terrain Leveler is an innovative, heavy-duty surface-mining machine with a 3.7m wide cutting drum which produces a consistent end product to a depth of 61cm in a single pass, thereby eliminating the need for primary crushing as well as offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to drilling and blasting.
Also on display this year will be a novel paper sludge material — a by-product of the paper recycling industry — which offers an effective and economical solution for restoration projects in hard rock quarries lacking in suitable topsoil. Available in large, consistent quantities from Bridgewater Paper Co., the ‘sludge’ (in reality a fibrous, crumbly material comprising an intimate mixture of wood fibre and china clay) can be used in combination with existing soils, sand or quarry waste to provide a good growing medium for grass, shrubs or trees. To illustrate its benefits, visitors to Hillhead will be able to see a section of the bank adjacent to the ramp leading down into the showground which was prepared with the material and seeded with grass in March.
In view of the large numbers of people attending Hillhead at peak times, visitors are reminded to pre-register for the show using the complimentary ticket enclosed with this issue of the magazine or via the Hillhead website (www.hillhead.com). Anyone planning a trip to the show will find a wealth of other useful information on this website including a list of exhibitors and an e-diary for making on-line appointments, as well as travel information, route directions, details of how to book hotel accommodation in the area and much more.
Hillhead 2003 will take place from 24–26 June at Tarmac Central’s Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, near Manchester, England, UK.