Held in a limestone quarry in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside in the UK, Hillhead is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world. Continually adapting, it provides a spectacular and unique setting for exhibitors and visitors alike to do business amongst live working demonstrations and static displays. As such an important trade show, with a growing number of US exhibitors and visitors, NAQN reports on the highlights of this increasingly important exhibition.
Record visitor numbers
Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, Derbyshire, once again hosted the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. From the 26-28 June Hillhead welcomed UK and overseas suppliers of plant, equipment, materials and services, many of them using the show as a platform for the launch of their latest products.
For once the UK was weather gave the show an almost Mediterranean feel, with the gloriously hot conditions seeing unprecedented crowds attend over the three days of the show. According to the official figures, a record-breaking 19,686 unique visitors attended this year’s event, surpassing the show’s previous highest attendance record set in 2005. This year also saw more exhibitors (527+) in attendance than ever before, many of them occupying newly created space in the enlarged Registration Pavilion. Exhibition director Richard Bradbury said: “With clear blue skies, record crowds and all the majors from the plant and equipment world in attendance, business was buoyant and the atmosphere amongst the exhibitors and visitors was superb.”
As always, the showground, pavilions and various demonstration areas were packed with all the latest plant and equipment for the quarrying, aggregates, concrete, asphalt, recycling and construction sectors, many of the products on show for the first time in the UK. Among the multitude of impressive new product launches were the JCB 220X excavator, Volvo L260H wheel loader, Komatsu WA480-8 wheel loader, Powerscreen Trakpactor 550SR impactor, Keestrack H4e hybrid electric cone crusher, Sandvik QE342 screener and EvoQuip Colt 1000 scalping screen, to name just a few.
Leading US exhibitors
Amongst the many exhibitors were a significant number of US companies. Astec Aggregate & Mining Group (Telsmith, KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens, Breaker Technology, Osborn Engineered Products, Astec do Brasil and Astec Bulk Handling Solutions) had a small but well situated booth. Pride of place, unsurprisingly given the focus of the show, was the Telsmith 44SBS cone crusher which has been specifically designed for large, extra coarse feed material. “The Astec Aggregate and Mining group displayed with its new partner Crushing and Screening Services (CSS), out of Ireland. The show was quite successful with CSS selling the equipment displayed at the show,” said Bob Meyers, Telsmith’s vice president, sales and marketing.
Case Construction Equipment’s stand was split in into two main zones – one for quarrying with products designed to meet the exacting requirements of this sector, and a zone with machines and equipment solutions for the road building industry. There were also dedicated areas with information on Case’s complete solutions offering, including parts, service, attachments, finance, and SiteWatch and SiteControl. The static displays included models from the G-Series wheel loader range, the largest D-Series excavators and dozers, backhoe loaders, mini skid steers and mini excavators. Machines were also in action on the demonstration area.
Canada headquartered McCloskey International had one of the most impressive stands at the show with a selection of its jaw, cone and impact crushers, vibrating screeners, trommels, stacking conveyors and washing systems. An impressive selection of equipment was seen working on the demonstration area. Amongst the many exhibits was the new J35 which has recently completed field testing.
Terex was well represented at the show with its washing plant, tracked conveyors as well as its subsidiary companies out in force. One of the most exciting developments was the launch of three new products from its compact crushing and screening portfolio – EvoQuip. The machines were the Cobra 230R impact crusher, Cobra 290R impact crusher and Colt 1000 scalping screen. There were live demonstrations of the Cobra 290R feeding the Colt 1000 throughout the day. Michelle Murphy, marketing manager said: “Hillhead came at the perfect time for EvoQuip to showcase our latest compact product innovations. It is a fantastic show as it gives us the opportunity to demo machines and show customers their full capability.”
Also Terex owned is Powerscreen, who was keen to maintain its position in mobile crushing and screening at the show. Dearbhaile Mulholland, Powerscreen global marketing manager, said, “Powerscreen has developed and maintained an aggressive position in mobile crushing and screening. This year’s Hillhead show comes at the perfect time for us to showcase our latest developments and to continue leading the way.” Amongst the company’s exhibits were the Premiertrak 600 and the new Trakpactor 550SR designed for processing primary and secondary materials such as natural rock and construction derived materials like asphalt, recycling and demolition waste.
Recently acquired by John Deere, the Wirtgen Group exhibited from its all-encompassing product ranges to provide a representative cross section of the group’s offering. These included a Vögele Mini Class paver and PowerFeeder MT 3000-2i Offset for uninterrupted asphalt paving with a uniformly high material flow. Hamm displayed 5 exhibits, including the new HD+ 90i PH VO-S tandem roller with Power Hybrid drive. Kleemann unveiled its new mobile jaw crusher MOBICAT MC 120 Z PRO, another example of its robust, high-performance crushing plants.
Crushing and screening to the fore
Due to the demonstration focus of Hillhead, all the leading manufacturers of mobile crushing and screening equipment were represented. The capabilities of the Allu range of Transformers were presented by Allu’s new UK distributor, Blue Machinery Group Company Murray Plant. Catering for applications of all sizes, and capable of processing any material that can be screened and sorted, the series comprises of the compact DL & D Series as well as the truly massive M and G Series. Ola Ulma, chief executive said, “Hillhead was a great success for Allu with Murray Plant, who now are clearly ready to serve the customers in the UK. The number of customers visiting the stand and wanting to discuss Allu transforming the ways they work was very good. We were pleased to participate and start proudly serving the UK customers with Murray Plant and Blue Machinery.”
FLSmidth supplies everything from single machinery to complete minerals processing facilities, and has developed a global reputation for delivering innovative and expert solutions, including equipment and aftersales services for crushing and grinding, From its indoor booth , the company provided information on its productive, safe and reliable equipment with a long history of successful installations and excellent aftermarket support.
Hartl Engineering & Marketing GmbH had a static display where the Austrian manufacturer stressed the balance between innovation, high quality and over 40 years of experience in the crushing and screening arena. To the forefront of its stand was its unique approach to combining an excavator and crusher unit providing a high performance and reliable machine for the reduction of natural stone as well as recycling and demolition materials, directly on site.
Now owned by Tata. Hewitt Robins displayed two products from its specialist vibrating equipment range designed and developed for the mining, quarrying, recycling, foundry, steel and bulk material sectors. Likewise, Edge Innovate presented a show case of a range of equipment used in the recycling, materials handling and quarry industries.
Indeco Ind SpA presented an impressive display of it hydraulic attachments for excavators. These range from 1 tonne up to 120 tonne, and include rock breakers, pulverizers both fixed and rotating, compactors, multi processors, sorting grabs and steel shears. Red Rhino Crushers & Screeners is recognized globally as a market leading brand in the mini crushing and screening sector. With models to suit all customers crushing and screening requirements, there are now four tracked versions ranging from the 4000 model, which fits through a small doorway, to the 7000+ which weighs in at 10t.
Parker Plant, a name synonymous with crushing and screening, oddly did not exhibit any of its extensive line of crushing and screening equipment. Now considering itself to be a heavy engineering company, its still provides products and solutions within the mining, quarrying, demolition, recycling and road building industries worldwide. The company focused on its asphalt and concrete plants, as well as bitumen / road surfacing equipment and bulk handling conveyor systems.
Hillhead saw Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology launch a number of new products from its mobile crushing and screening range. These included the QE342 scalper on the static display, and making its worldwide debut in the demonstration area was the QH332 DDHS Hydrocone crusher working alongside a QJ341+ jaw crusher and QA451 Hybrid Doublescreen. There was also the launch of Sandvik’s digital offering – Sandvik My Fleet telematics. Melissa Baker, global marketing communications manager, said of the show: “Hillhead provided us with the ideal opportunity to launch our latest products to the UK and global markets. We were delighted with the number of visitors to our stand this year. We really appreciate events of this kind where we are able to demonstrate our equipment. “
One of the big news items at the show was the recent acquisition of Maximus Crushing and Screening by the Rubble Master Group. Both companies will continue to operate as before with a dual brand strategy to help grow overall business. Rubble Master specializes in the compact impact crushing market, with Maximus more focused on the demolition and aggregate sector. Hubert Watson, sales director of Maximus said, “Hillhead was a very important show for Maximus as it was the first opportunity to show our product range to our many and varied customers following our recent acquisition by RM. Fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our 2 brand strategy on the Maximus booth and to showcase our new 514T aggregate sizing screen that we have jointly designed in partnership with RM, and which was exceptionally well received by those who were shown the key features.”
On the separate Rubble Master stand, the RM 70GO! 2.0 was exhibited, whilst the RM 90GO! was put through its paces on the demo area. Of the recent acquisition of Maximus, Rubble Master’s Tanja Kobler said, “We are convinced that this partnership is a great opportunity for both companies to meet the future challenges of the market.”
Unique solution to a terrifying problem
One of the most interesting exhibits at the show was a development by MMD who have donated a revolutionary anti-personnel landmine clearance rig to The Halo Trust, the mine clearing charity. The rig is destined for deployment in Zimbabwe, which remains one of the most highly mine-impacted countries in the world. Small plastic mines, which are extremely difficult to detect and densely packed, run for hundreds of kilometers, close to houses, schools and agricultural land. Clearing the minefields using traditional methods is a slow, painstaking job with a high level of risk. MMD’s sizer technology will allow land to be returned to farmers faster, and allow children to stop walking to school on paths through minefields.
James Cowan, chief executive of The Halo Trust, said of the donation: “We are very grateful to MMD for this generous donation. Once this machine is set to work, it will increase the area of contaminated land we clear each day in heavily mined countries such as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. In the places where we work, cleared land simply means more food for farming families and safer routes to school for children. MMD’s Sizer technology will make a real difference to tens of thousands of people.”
Two business areas from Atlas Copco
For the first time at a major UK trade show, Atlas Copco exhibited as two entities: Power technique and Epiroc. On the former stand there were exhibited several generators, including the iP, QAS series and QES. The latter provides a constant source of power in even the harshest weather conditions, and offers even more flexibility for contractors looking for generators with exceptional plug-and-play capabilities. Portable compressors also featured, with several models from the XAS range shown. This compressor combines Atlas Copco’s PACE technology with the HardHat polyethylene canopy to offer contractors and rental fleet operators versatility.
Gayle Palmer, business line manager, Atlas Copco Power Technique, commented, “The show was a great success: the weather was amazing and a great time was had by all. The Rainbow Compressors were a good show stopper, drawing lots of attention to our stand, and despite the heat our pot of gold (chocolate coins) didn’t melt. There was a huge amount of interest in the new E Air 250 which is focused on reduced emissions and environmental impact.”
Epiroc concentrated on the offering derived from its Hydraulic Attachment Tools Division. This included the unveiling of its patented IPS system for hydraulic breakers. All of the company’s heavy (HB) hydraulic breakers now feature the patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS), which seamlessly combines Epiroc’s popular AutoControl and StartSelect functions. This fully automated system provides simpler, more efficient and more economical operation than ever before.
Moving the material
Bell showcased a number of its E-series ADTs including the B20, B30, B45 and B60, with a B50E working on the demonstration area. The E-series delivers exceptional fuel economy, increased production payloads, lower daily operating costs, superior ride quality and uncompromised safety standards. The B60E is the next generation of its equipment featuring a 4×4 with full articulation steering and oscillation joint, which keeps all four wheels on the ground, meaning it has more off-road capability than any other conventional rigid truck.
Doosan Infracore showed the company’s latest generation of excavators, wheel loaders and ADTs for the quarrying, mining and construction markets on the company’s stand and demonstration areas. Hillhead was the platform for the launch of several new products being shown in the UK for the first time, including a new version of the company’s DA30 30tonne ADT and new features on the large Doosan wheel loaders.
JCB as per usual had one of the most impressive stands at Hillhead 2018. It presented a new range of heavy line and compact products for the quarrying, construction and recycling industries. This included the first of the new X Series. The 220X, JCB’s most advanced 20 tonne excavator, is the result of 4 years of hydraulic, electronic and electrical development and thousands of hours of extreme endurance testing. JCB also showcased he Hydradig 110W WM, 7T Hi-Viz Site Dumper, 16C-1 new generation compact excavator, plus a range of tracked and wheeled excavators and wheeled loading shovels.
Related to the above, and providing services to many manufacturers, was German company elobau. The company provided information and interactive demonstrations of its new customizable multifunction armrest for mobile machinery. This is of direct interest to vehicle manufacturers, with the modular armrest being a plug and play device; connecting to the vehicle via the standardized CAN protocol SAEJ1939 and standard industry plug connections. Deborah Nixon, from elobau said, “Hillhead 2018 has been a great success for us. We have had the opportunity not only to be able to introduce our products to a lot of new contacts, but also to introduce our new concept products to our existing customers.”
Also providing its services to a number of well-known manufacturers was Strickland Tracks and Strickland MFG. The company, a well-known name in Europe, manufactures and designs a comprehensive range of products for the construction, crushing, screening and recycling industries. On its well situated stand, Strickland showcased the S-Lock Hydraulic coupler, pulverizer/cracker, steel tracks, and the new rubber track product line launched for 2018. Matt Cox, operations manager said of the company’s first time exhibiting at the show, “Hillhead demonstrated the huge confidence in the construction market at present, there was great buoyancy to all of our customers who visited our stand this year,”
Specialist highway solutions
Road and highway services and equipment were also out in large numbers (see Wirtgen previously mentioned) with Amman showcasing a selection of its asphalt plant burners, dryers, concrete mixers and concrete batching plant. Highlighting its road building and transportation infrastructure expertise was a new tracked asphalt plant. CMI Roadbuilding, the heavy equipment manufacturing company, also exhibited its asphalt plant dryers as well as its concrete plants, grade preparation, concrete paving and pavement profiling products along with landfill and soil compactors.
Quarrying and mining equipment
Campbell Associates displayed its noise, vibration and dust monitoring equipment, which are now supplied to some of the biggest names in construction and demolition. As there is now an ever increasing demand for emissions monitoring on construction and quarrying sites, there was great interest in the company’s AVA, Aeroqual, Sonitus & Norsonic systems. Similarly Carlson Software exhibited its latest blast design package, including Quarryman, Boretrak and GPS systems for scanning a rockface, positioning boreholes and measuring borehole deviation.
More tangible equipment was also displayed aimed at quarrying and aggregates companies. Allis Saga, a new name to many in the quarrying industry, presented an interesting selection of equipment. This included Ore Sizer VSI, Allis Saga Cones and Jaws, Keestrack H4 Mobile closed circuit hybrid cone plant, all displayed on the Ore Sizer stand. Fronted by ex-Metso and Sandvik director, Duncan McGregor, the company is surely set to be a force in the aggregates industry on both sides of the Atlantic.
Flexco showcased its latest technology for splicing conveyor belts, both mechanical and vulcanized, as well as its belt cleaning solutions, transfer-point solutions, and belt maintenance tools. Sepro Mineral Processing International highlighted its innovative and progressive equipment and system designs for aggregates production. Tema Isenmann Ltd displayed its full range polyurethane screening media including the magnetic WS2.10 screening media. Also on show was the original version of the industry standard WS85, rubber, woven wire and harp screens.
Since 1978 PT Tech has served OEM’s in the mining, tunnel boring, steel manufacturing, aggregate, road-working, and recycling markets. It focused at Hillhead on its growing line of reliable products including brakes, clutches, torque limiters and gearboxes. Martin Engineering focused on its equipment and services aimed at dust remediation, flow aids and conveyor products for a wide variety of bulk material applications, including cement, rock/aggregate, coal, biomass and other materials. Featured at Hillhead was a wide range of products, including conveyor belt cleaning technologies such as the revolutionary CleanScrape® design, along with innovative primary and secondary cleaners and tensioners.
Other items of interest
Euro Auctions has been conducting unreserved auctions of industrial plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery since 1998. Today, Euro Auctions conducts around 60 major auctions every year around the globe, in seven countries and on four continents. Highlighting the importance of the company to the quarrying and aggregates industry were the large number of interested visitors to the company’s stand.
The 3,500 MobyDick Wheel Washing Systems has long been seen as a worldwide solution to solving the problem of dirty public roads. In addition, various special machines known as ‘demucking’ devices, e.g. to clean construction equipment; were highlighted during Hillhead as well as a variety of solutions for dust control for indoor and outdoor applications. Typical applications for such solutions are construction sites, material transfer points, recycling yards, quarries, mines, steel and cement plants. Ringspann designs and manufactures some of the world’s leading power transmission products. Its industrial brakes, freewheels, shaft locking solutions and shaft couplings are used in building, mining and quarrying worldwide. Information on its services proved to be of interest to a variety of manufacturers during Hillhead.
The next Hillhead show will take place in late June 2020. Based on the success of the 2018 show, further details and precise dates will be eagerly awaited by prospective exhibitors and visitors.