Industry gears up for biggest ever ScotPlant

SCOTPLANT 2024 is shaping up to be the biggest event in the show’s 25+ year history, with more than 200 exhibitors set to make tracks for the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on April 26 and 27.

The outdoor showground has been expanded and is now officially sold out for this year’s event, while the indoor Lowland Hall element of the show is on the verge on reaching capacity with less than a handful of plots still available.

As always, ScotPlant 2024 will be the place to see the latest innovations from many of the world’s top construction equipment manufacturers and their local dealers representing brands including CASE, Develon, engcon, Hitachi, Hyundai, JCB, Kobelco, Komatsu, Kubota, Liebherr, Manitou, Rokbak, Rototilt, SANY, Steelwrist, Takeuchi, Wacker Neuson, and many, many more

More than 6,000 visitors attended the last ScotPlant in 2022, when the exhibition cemented its reputation as the show where deals get done. Highlights from a sensational sun-kissed weekend included Marubeni-Komatsu finalising a deal with Gordon McLeod Plant Hire for seven new excavators, Scot JCB reporting a ‘record’ number of sales and enquiries, while SANY, a newcomer in 2022, revealed the event was ‘vital’ in helping to elevate the brand to the next level in Scotland.

ScotPlant 2024 is poised to welcome a flurry of first-time exhibitors including Chinese equipment giant LiuGong (represented by UK distributor Fox Equipment Sales), Digger Guard (winner of the Best Security Initiative at the Plantworx Innovation Awards), Red Knight 6 (UK distributor for Rubble Master machines), and Pinnacle Platforms (exclusive GB distributor for Sinoboom aerial work platforms).

Metso machines will be on display via UK distributor McHale Plant Sales, the Kattrak stand is where to find Sunward excavators, and XCMG products will appear at ScotPlant for the first time on Scottish dealer Molson’s stand.

Pat Bulcock makes a welcome return to exhibiting duties, showcasing products from his new StypeX venture, which provides customisation and lighting solutions for plant machinery. PQS Survey, which recently opened its first Scottish depot, is another debutant, while Kirkcaldy-based Astrak is returning to ScotPlant for the first time since 2018.

New machines already confirmed  to be showcased include the JCB 370X – the largest digger in the X Series range of tracked excavators; the first Komatsu PW198 wheeled excavator in the UK; models from SANY’s new telehandler range; machines from Takeuchi’s 3-Series; Kubota’s new RT250-2 wheel loader and KTH4815 compact telehandler; and Develon’s new DD130-7 dozer. Liebherr’s line-up will include – for the first time at ScotPlant – a telescopic mobile crane in the form of a 50-tonne LTM 1050 in the livery of Edinburgh hirer Bernard Hunter.

Several exhibitors will be running special competitions and operator challenges over the weekend, while the Scottish Plant Owners Association will be staging the qualifier for the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge during ScotPlant 2024.

Mental health and wellbeing will also be a focus, with Molson teaming up with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity for a series of presentations during both days of ScotPlant 2024.

• Entry to ScotPlant is FREE and registration is now open on the event website at By registering in advance, you can speed up the entry process on the day. ScotPlant 2024 is organised by Peebles Media Group, publisher of Project Plant magazine.