The United Kingdom’s Hillhead exhibition will be postponed for the second year running due to COVID-19 – but Hillhead Digital is still set for 30-31 March.
After a review of the UK Government’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions, organisers The QMJ Group have announced that the UK’s biennial quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition at Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, will now be postponed until June 2022.
“Our priority is to provide the Hillhead experience that our exhibitors and visitors have come to expect but, with the continuing uncertainty around travel restrictions and social distancing measures, this is not achievable in 2021,” Hillhead event director Richard Bradbury explained.
“By delaying the show until June 2022, the full benefits of a completed vaccination programme will have filtered through, allowing us to deliver a safe and vibrant event.
“The team look forward to welcoming you back to Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, from 21–23 June 2022.”
The QMJ Group will still deliver the online Hillhead Digital quarrying exhibition that was intended a prelude to the traditional three-day outdoor event on 30 and 31 March, 2021.
Hillhead Digital is a free event in which more than 250 exhibitors have been guaranteed an appearance at online seminars, virtual booths and live chat rooms.
A total of 40 free-to-attend seminars and panel sessions will be conducted across the two-day exhibition.
The exhibition – New Horizons – Building the Recovery – will provide insights into the factors that will shape the extractive industry within the next decade, including digitalisation, decarbonisation and infrastructure.
The Institute of Quarrying will also run a dedicated stream that explores technical and leadership skills that are ready for the forthcoming industry transformations.
Industry experts Avi Nowitz and Eitan Vesely will cover topics such as machine learning, while Martin Baxter, the deputy chief executive officer of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, will host a talk on making the transition to a low carbon future.
Bradbury explained the motive and benefits of going digital this year.
“With exhibitors unable to showcase their products and services at physical exhibitions over the last year, Hillhead Digital will provide a safe and dynamic platform for the community to reconnect and share all of the positive developments that will help shape the construction recovery,” he said.
Bradbury added the digital event seeks to entice the next generation of the workforce.
“Our digital format event will extend Hillhead’s international reach and increase its coverage of the technology sector and younger demographic groups,” he said.
To register for the online exhibition and symposium, visit the Hillhead Digital website.