The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced the venue and dates for their next PLANTWORX trade show. It will be held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough, on 11th, 12th, 13th June 2019.
The last two editions of the biennial event for the construction equipment industry were held at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth. PLANTWORX 2017 attracted 400 exhibitors and an attendance of c.13,000. The East of England venue is a permanent exhibition centre which has hosted other ‘big machine’ events such as LAMMA (for agricultural equipment) and Truckfest.
The PLANTWORX directors conducted an extensive search for a new site based on criteria which were set on the basis of exhibitor feedback. These included good road and rail links, easy site access and improved on site services. East of England has permanent indoor and outdoor exhibition facilities and areas for machine demonstration. PLANTWORX 2019 will occupy a gross area of approximately 200,000 sqm, c.40% more than 2017.
CEA chief executive, Rob Oliver said, “The last PLANTWORX show was blighted by the weather, so we were looking for somewhere that would provide a good opportunity for a better exhibitor and visitor experience whatever the weather. Inside exhibitors can be accommodated in the purpose-built Arena and outside there are more permanent roadways and facilities for visitors. Good mobile phone and wi fi facilities are also part of the package – plus it is just 5 minutes from the A1. We took our time making the selection, but we are confident that we have found the best solution and we have an option for at least two further events at East of England Arena.”
He added, “We are also taking the opportunity to add more resource to our organising team and will be announcing some major new initiatives in the coming weeks.”
PLANTWORX sales manager, Angela Spink, commented, “I am excited by the potential of the new venue. We will be working with exhibitors, via our consultation groups, to test our site layout ideas and making sure we can deliver a top-notch event on behalf of our industry.”
Dean Rees, EEAEC’s business development manager, was enthusiastic about the agreement and the prospect of the show coming to the East of England Arena saying, “The length of this contract allows us to make sure that PLANTWORX can develop the show to its full potential and capitalise upon the many features and benefits we have to offer here at the East of England Arena. We are thrilled that we will have the opportunity of hosting this amazing event until 2023.”