Stage is set for biggest ever ScotPlant

THE great and the good of the construction equipment world will be making tracks for the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, on April 26-27 as the next edition of ScotPlant gets underway.

More than 200 exhibitors will showcase the latest machines, products, and innovations from many of the world’s largest manufacturers.

ScotPlant has been going strong for more than quarter of a century and the last event in 2022 – following a four-year Covid-enforced hiatus – proved the appetite for in-person shows remains as strong as ever.

This year, the expanded outdoor exhibition showground has sold out and all indications are that ScotPlant 2024 will be the biggest event in the show’s history.

Scot JCB has confirmed that the largest excavator in the JCB X Series range – the recently launched 370X – will be shown for the first time in Scotland at ScotPlant 2024. Other new machines at the show will include the Develon DD130-7 15.3-tonne dozer, SANY’s new telehandler models, Kubota’s RT250-2 wheel loader, Takeuchi’s 10-tonne TB395W wheeled excavator, and Wacker Neuson’s TH412e zero emission compact telehandler.

Cranes will also feature more prominently than ever before, thanks to exhibitors including Sarens UK, Forsyth of Denny, Global Crane Services, Mellex Group, Foster Cranes, Horizon Reinforcing & Crane Hire, and Johnston Rigging (Fife).

Trade body the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) has a weekend of activities planned and will be joined by partner institutions including Police Scotland, CITB and the National Construction College. Visitors to the SPOA stand can have a go on the organisation’s Tenstar simulator and learn about apprenticeship and training opportunities, grants, and how to protect their business from plant and fuel theft. The SPOA stand will also be hosting the qualifier for this year’s Scottish Plant Operator Challenge competition.

Elsewhere, Molson Group is teaming up with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity for a series of mental health talks. Two daily presentations will take place on the Molson stand and representatives from the charity will be on hand all weekend to chat to construction workers about the wide range of support services available to them and their families.

• ScotPlant 2024 takes place from April 26-27. Entry is free. To register in advance to beat the queues, visit the ScotPlant website at

ScotPlant is organised by Peebles Media Group, publisher of Project Scotland.