ORGANISERS of the recent Executive Hire Show have revealed the event attracted 155 exhibitors and 2,751 unique visitors over two days. The exhibition, which took place at the Coventry Building Society Arena, featured 42 debutants and provided hire firms with the opportunity to showcase their latest products and innovations.
The show marked a welcome return of live events after the 2021 exhibition was postponed due to the pandemic.
Sunbelt Rentals UK and generator supplier Shindaiwa UK announced a major deal at the show, with Sunbelt buying in excess of 100 Shindaiwa Eco Hybrid 300 welder generator machines, described as offering 60% reduced fuel consumption and 50% reduced CO2 emissions.
First-time exhibitor Dragon Equipment confirmed the appointment of Boss Plant Sales as its official dealer for London and the Southeast of England, while Milwaukee and Speedy announced an exclusivity deal within the UK hire industry for the MX Fuel product range.
With sustainability a hot topic, organisers revealed that a number of new product launches had a strong environmental focus, with a ‘huge’ increase in electric and hybrid machines on display.
The Innovation Trail: ECO Live stage, presented by industry specialist Peter Haddock, explored new power options and technologies that improved safety, security and productivity in the workplace.
Chris Moore, Executive Hire Show publishing and events director, said, “After going through the visitor list with a fine-tooth comb, we are delighted to confirm that the 2022 show attracted 1,901 relevant hire industry visitors, which is 23 higher than the 2020 show. All hire industry visitors were from national and independent operations, which is again consistent with previous years. This re-confirms the pivotal role of the show and its continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire professionals.
“It was great to be able to reunite passionate hirers with innovative manufacturers and suppliers. There was a real buzz around the show and, by the time it had concluded, many exhibitors were already reporting best-ever sales.”
The dates have been confirmed for the 2023 show, which will return to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February 2023.