Next week marks the opening of Hillhead, the UK's major construction event and the biggest working quarry show anywhere in the world. Rock Products’ Editor Mark Kuhar will be reporting live from the show.
Hillhead was established in 1982. The first event at Hillhead Quarry took place in 1983 and has been held there every two years ever since. The 2012 exhibition will take place Tuesday June 19, Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21.
A record 460 exhibitors took part in the last show in 2010, which was attended by 18,393 visitors. Overseas visitors came from 70 countries and represented approximately 10 percent of total. This year’s show will feature 461 exhibitors and is a sell-out.
There are three categories of working demonstration area:
- Quarry face: large wheel loaders and excavators load dump trucks from a 10,000-ton rock pile and hydraulic breakers are used for secondary breaking.
- Rock Processing: a wide variety of screens and crushers are used to process material into single-size or graded products.
- Recycling: well over 1,000 tons of waste material is sorted, crushed, shredded, screened, and stockpiled into reusable aggregate or waste material.
Quarrying, mining, recycling, heavy construction, materials handling, concrete, asphalt, road-surfacing, civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and landfill.
The show is organized by Nottingham-based QMJ Publishing Ltd, magazine publishers and exhibition organizers for the quarrying, natural stone and associated industries.