ALL eyes are on Scotland this week as the latest machines and innovations from many of the biggest names in the global construction equipment industry are showcased at ScotPlant 2022.
On Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23, the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh Airport is the place to see standout products from major brands and their local dealers including Bobcat, CASE, Doosan, Hitachi, Hyundai, JCB, Kobelco, Komatsu, Kubota, Liebherr, McCloskey, Merlo, Powerscreen, Rokbak, SANY, Takeuchi, Terex, Thwaites, and many, many more.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s ScotPlant marks the first time in four years that the entire Scottish plant industry can come together in such a setting to see the latest machines and offerings, discuss industry-wide challenges, conduct business, network, and generally celebrate a sector which has faced – and continues to face – a multitude of challenges, yet remains resilient and plays an absolutely essential role in the delivery of construction projects across the country.
As always, ScotPlant 2022 will host a number of machine launches and exhibition debuts.
Liebherr’s TA230 articulated dump truck is being shown at a UK exhibition for the first time, while SANY is unveiling two brand new excavators in the form of the 40-tonne SY390 and 7.5-tonne SY75.
Takeuchi’s seven-tonne TB370 mini-excavator is one of a number of the manufacturer’s products set to make its ScotPlant debut. Other mini-diggers on display at the Royal Highland Centre will include Kubota’s new KX060-5, and the Eurocomach 25ZT.
As the pursuit for greener solutions intensifies, Marubeni-Komatsu will be showing off the Komatsu HB365LC-3 hybrid hydraulic excavator, while Scot JCB is giving operators the chance to trial an electric mini-excavator from JCB’s E-Tech range in the firm’s operator challenge area.
ScotPlant will also become the first Scottish exhibition to feature a model from Kobelco’s Generation 11 Series of excavators and provide the launchpad for Hyundai’s HX145AL High-Walker. Hodge Plant will be showcasing the SBM Jawmax 400 track-mounted mobile jaw crusher for the first time in Scotland, as well as a model from CASE’s new E-Series crawler excavator range.
Hitachi will use its first appearance at ScotPlant in 18 years to promote the latest Zaxis-7 excavators, while the Doosan DX100W-7 wheeled excavator is making its debut at the show.
With tiltrotators becoming increasingly commonplace on construction sites, ScotPlant will also be the place to see the latest innovations from the likes of Engcon, Kinshofer, Rototilt and Steelwrist.
For those looking forward to seeing the latest telehandlers, the ScotPlant line-up is scheduled to include the new Bobcat R-Series TL30.70, Manitou’s MRT2660 Vision Plus, JCB’s 26-metre rotating 555-260R, and Merlo’s fully electric eWorker, which generated huge interest when it made at an appearance at the recent Scottish Plant Owners Association’s (SPOA) 70th annual dinner in Glasgow.
Motherwell-based manufacturer Rokbak revealed it is looking forward to showcasing its RA30 and RA40 articulated haulers on home turf. Another Scottish construction institution – the Malcolm Group – has announced it will be launching a new product on the stand and will be joined at the event by rugby stars from the Glasgow Warriors.
Gary Moug, editor of Project Scotland and Project Plant magazines, said, “The appetite for ScotPlant is always incredible but after all the constraints of the past two years, this year’s event feels even more special than usual. For many visitors and exhibitors, ScotPlant will be the first in-person exhibition they’ll have attended since before the pandemic.
“The plant industry is one that thrives on personal relationships and, whilst everyone has had to adapt to new working practices since the onset of Covid-19, the ability to touch the machines, speak face-to-face, and do business in a more traditional fashion is one which I’m certain most industry professionals will relish.”
ScotPlant is FREE to attend and organised by Peebles Media Group, publisher of Project Scotland and Project Plant magazines.
To register for your ticket and beat the queues, visit www.scotplant.com