THE Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has confirmed the dates for the next Plantworx exhibition.
The three-day construction machinery show returns to the East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough, from June 13-15 2023. This will be the first Plantworx since 2019 after the exhibition took a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and making way for the Hillhead show.
The CEA revealed it has taken the decision to host the show again at the East of England venue, following ‘positive feedback’ from exhibitors and visitors who attended the 2019 event.
The permanent exhibition facilities, good communication signals and wifi facilities were all cited by the CEA as proving popular, along with the fact the location is geared up to contend with ‘all weather’ conditions.
The 2023 event is predicted to attract over 450 exhibitors. The show is planning a demonstration programme where exhibitors can put their machines through their paces in ‘real-site’ conditions.
CEA chief executive Suneeta Johal said, “Plantworx 2023 will be my first show as CEO and I am very much looking forward to it. I believe with the amount of new and emerging technology this event is set to be the best yet.
“There’s a real appetite for attending ‘in-person’ exhibitions again. Our recent Futureworx technology exhibition proved to be a great success – and there was a real buzz amongst both the exhibitors and visitors.
“The East of England arena is an established exhibition venue and with the great support from our loyal exhibitors, and a targeted visitor programme, we are confident of delivering a memorable and valuable experience.”
Simon Frere-Cook, Plantworx event director, added, “Planning for Plantworx 2023 is now well underway as we build on the successes of 2019. With so much importance being attached to the working demonstrations, we have undertaken an extensive survey of the grounds at the East of England Arena so that we can spread the demonstration plots and thus improve the footfall throughout the site. There will also be a focus on technological advancements, helping the industry to be safer, smarter and greener.”
The 2023 site plan is being finalised following the results of the survey and stand sales will begin in June 2022.
Plantworx sales manager Angela Spink is anticipating a high demand for stands. She said, “Confirmation that the show will return to the East of England Arena will be welcome news to previous exhibitors following the encouraging feedback from 2019. We are also very confident that new and old exhibitors will join us in 2023.
“The comprehensive digital site survey has been invaluable in identifying new site opportunities for demonstration plots and a new and interesting layout. I am very much looking forward to getting Plantworx 2023 underway.
“We have put in an order for wall to wall sunshine for the 2023 event – we are just hoping it’s in stock!