Plantworx is back

Posted on by Bruntingthorpe Events

Plantworx, the UK’s major plant and construction industry exhibition, is returning to Bruntingthorpe in 2017 after a highly successful event at the Proving Ground in 2015.  The three-day biennial exhibition, inaugurated in 2013, moved to Bruntingthorpe from another Midlands location after the organisers realised they needed a more-suitable venue.

Following the first Bruntingthorpe Plantworx, organisers said they were impressed with the venue and had been made extremely welcome.  Event director, Simon Frere-Cook, indicated that Bruntingthorpe had ticked all the boxes and Rob Oliver, CEO of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) said that Bruntingthorpe had “got a strong thumbs-up from exhibitors and visitors.”  Attendance was 18% up on the previous Plantwork exhibition held elsewhere.

Now it has been confirmed that the hugely-important event for the plant and construction industry will not only be at Bruntingthorpe again, but is expected to be larger.  The organisers are expecting the exhibition space to be 20% bigger and they are planning a shared demonstration arena where construction machinery ‘all-action’ displays can take place throughout the three days of the event in June 2017.  The new arena is in addition to the exhibitors’ own machinery demonstrations that take place on individual display stands.  Seeing machinery in action is vitally important for prospective buyers.

Paul Atkin, general manager for business development at the proving ground and airfield, is delighted that Plantworx will be back in 2017.  “As with all exhibitions at Bruntingthorpe we put a huge amount of effort into meeting the requirements of both the organisers and the visitors.  So it was incredibly rewarding when they confirmed that they will return with an even bigger show in 2017.  It is good for Bruntingthorpe and it is good for all the people locally for whom such events provide jobs and security.  It is also good for the many businesses and organisations in the local area that benefit from events held here.  More than 11,000 visitors attended the 2015 Plantworx exhibition, plus all the personnel engaged for three weeks building the stands and those teams running the stands during the event.  Many of those people brought valuable revenue to hotels, retailers other businesses in the region.”

Mr Atkin said that with 12 months to go before the doors to Plantworx 2017 open, organisers had already sold 70% of the expanded exhibition space.  “This bodes incredibly well for a bumper second show at Bruntingthorpe.”

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