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Plant and equipment is put through its paces at the working demonstration area.
Plant and equipment is put through its paces at the working demonstration area.

Aussie suppliers benefit from Hillhead 2014

Australians were among the many suppliers who came away from the biennial Hillhead trade show with additional knowledge, strengthened business relationships and new leads.

In June, 450 of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, contractors and suppliers descended on Lafarge Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry near Buxton, Derbyshire, in the UK. They were there for a showcase of the latest plant, equipment, materials and services available to the quarry and construction materials industries.

This year the event featured an expanded layout, with additional space allocated for both indoor and outdoor stands. A new section – near the registration pavilion at the top of the site – joined the three long-established rock processing, recycling and quarry face live demonstration areas.

Hillhead 2014 was reportedly “the biggest show ever mounted at the Derbyshire quarry site”, with an attendance of 17,559 trade visitors.

“With economic recovery gathering momentum and confidence returning to the market, particularly in the UK, a growing sense of optimism was noticeable among exhibitors and visitors alike,” a statement from Hillhead read.

About 450 of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, contractors and suppliers descended on Hillhead Quarry, Derbyshire, UK.
About 450 of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, contractors and suppliers descended on Hillhead Quarry, Derbyshire, UK.

MACHINERY HIGHLIGHTS A number of Australian suppliers went to the UK for the show, including Precisionscreen managing director Harold Kerr.

“I have been coming to Hillhead for many years and this was one of the best,” Kerr told Quarry. “The live machine demonstrations are the best part of the show. I enjoyed seeing all the new machines from Sandvik, including the QS331 and QH331 mobile cone.”

MSC Group CEO Kirwan Barr thought McCloskey International’s latest jaw crusher was the highlight of the show. “The J45R is the first mobile jaw crusher with a screen recirculation system on the market,” he said. “The unit on display was sold just prior to the show, so if that’s anything to go by, this will be a very popular machine!”

Finlay Screening and Crushing’s hire and technical manager Ronnie Bustard and OPS Screening and Crushing Equipment general manager Shane Czerkasow were also excited about Terex Finlay’s new dual power mobile plant range.

Bustard said learning about the benefits of the new plant was his “main reason for attending the show”, while Czerkasow was surprised at the equipment’s quietness.

“The equipment was running off a gen-set, as opposed to a traditional diesel engine, and the reduction in operating noise was impressive,” Czerkasow said.

An extension to the showground provided more space for outdoor plots.
An extension to the showground provided more space for outdoor plots.

STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS Czerkasow said Hillhead allowed him to “foster stronger supply relations” with existing suppliers. “My predominant motivation in attending was the convenience of having 14 of our suppliers in the one place, at the one time,” he explained.

Bustard agreed the show was excellent for building business relationships, saying, “The main thing I got out of Hillhead was knowledge on the electric machines but I also met other manufacturers that wanted us to sell their product in Australia. Discussions are still ongoing with some of them.”

The suppliers reported the event was well received by key Australian customers they invited along.

“The customers gave very positive feedback and found it very interesting to speak to the engineers who designed the equipment they operate in Australia,” Barr said.

Bustard added, “We had customers attend the show – some for the first time – and they were very impressed with the layout and working area. As the show focused on the quarry industry, they got a lot from the trip.”

Czerkasow said Hillhead offered a valuable point of difference from other quarry trade shows. ”As opposed to other mining exhibitions, where customers can often get distracted by the large presence of earthmoving equipment, Hillhead is truly an exhibition focused on screening, crushing, mineral processing and conveying equipment,” he said. “This is unique in terms of world expos and a useful sales tool for OPS to directly engage with existing and potential customers.”

Details for Hillhead 2016 are expected to be announced soon. 

MSC Group CEO Kirwan Barr (left) in front of the McCloskey J45R mobile jaw crusher with John O’Neil, vice president of McCloskey International.
MSC Group CEO Kirwan Barr (left) in front of the McCloskey J45R mobile jaw crusher with John O’Neil, vice president of McCloskey International.




















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