Construction Equipment Association announces dates and new location for next year’s show
THE Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that the next Plantworx trade show will be held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre (EEAEC), on the outskirts of Peterborough, from 11–13 June 2019.
The last two editions of the biennial event for the construction equipment industry were held at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth, but based on exhibitor feedback from the 2017 event, the Plantworx directors conducted an extensive search for a new venue.
The East of England site is a permanent exhibition centre that has hosted other ‘big machine’ events such as LAMMA (for agricultural equipment) and Truckfest. It has permanent indoor and outdoor exhibition facilities, and areas for machine demonstration, as well as good road and rail links, easy site access and improved on-site services.
CEA chief executive Rob Oliver said: ‘The last Plantworx show was blighted by the weather, so we were looking for somewhere that would provide a good opportunity for a better exhibitor and visitor experience whatever the weather.
‘Inside exhibitors can be accommodated in the purpose-built Arena and outside there are more permanent roadways and facilities for visitors. Good mobile phone and Wi-Fi facilities are also part of the package – plus it is just five minutes from the A1.
‘We took our time making the selection but we are confident that we have found the best solution, and we have an option for at least two further events at East of England Arena.’
Dean Rees, the EEAEC’s business development manager, added: ‘The length of this contract allows us to make sure that Plantworx can develop the show to its full potential and capitalize upon the many features and benefits we have to offer here at the East of England Arena. We are thrilled that we will have the opportunity of hosting this amazing event until 2023.’