A total of more than 17,000 visitors attended Hillhead 2012 in Buxton, England, compared with 15,500 in 2010, a growth of approximately 10 percent. Throughout the three days of the show they experienced more live demonstrations and new plant equipment than ever before, presented by a record 459 exhibitors.
Hillhead is the UK's major construction event and the biggest working quarry show anywhere in the world. Rock Products’ Editor Mark Kuhar reported live from the show, the only U.S. aggregates industry editor in attendance.
“We’re very pleased with the number of exhibitors and attendees,” said Richard Bradbury, commercial director, at a dinner of international editors. “The weather really cooperated for us, and those I have spoken with are finding the show to be a valuable experience.”
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.
There were 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.
The show is organized by Nottingham-based QMJ Publishing Ltd, magazine publishers and exhibition organizers for the quarrying, natural stone and associated industries.