Prospects Look Bright For Hillhead 2003
Almost 95% of available exhibition space already booked
According to the latest quarterly trade survey by the Construction Products Association (CPA), construction product manufacturers are overwhelmingly committed to both increased productivity and investment, with some 70% of manufacturers saying they are planning to invest in product improvements over the next 12 months. Moreover, industry confidence remains high, with 61% of manufacturers enjoying increased sales volumes during the third quarter of 2002 and 79% anticipating further sales growth over the next year.
This news augurs well for Hillhead 2003, the international quarrying and recycling show, which is now just over six months away. Once again this biennial event will take place at its established venue, Tarmac Central’s Hillhead Quarry, just outside Buxton, near Manchester, England, from 24–26 June.
Backing up the CPA’s findings, the show’s organizers report that almost 95% of the available exhibition space has already been booked, with a great deal of interest being expressed by companies looking to display new plant and equipment. And following the pattern of the last show, the live demonstration area will be very full once again, with a large and varied range of new machinery being put through its paces in its normal working environment.
As some readers may be aware, since the last exhibition in 2001, Hillhead Quarry has been closed down as an operational unit, with Tarmac transferring production to other quarries in the area. As part of the site’s closure conditions, the old processing plant has been dismantled and the tip areas on the north-eastern side of the showground are to be restored. However, this work will not have any direct impact on Hillhead 2003 and all the familiar exhibition areas will be in use as usual.
New for 2003, however, will be a concurrent programme of free-admission technical presentations by key players in the industry for all those who like to keep abreast of current technological trends and the latest developments, improvements and innovations in plant and equipment. Hosted by The Institute of Quarrying, these will be held in a 100-seater lecture theatre located at the centre of the exhibition site. So far around 24 topical presentations on themes ranging from ‘computer-controlled drill rigs’ to ‘conveyor maintenance management systems’ have been proposed, and it is expected that this will extend to 30–36 by the time of the show.
To find out more about Hillhead 2003, contact Penny Lewin on tel: +44 (0)115 945 3890; or fax: +44 (0)115 958 2651. Alternatively, further information can be found on the Hillhead 2003 website at: www.hillhead.info