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Hillhead Attendance Up; Product Introductions Abound


The Hillhead show in Buxton, England, is notorious for its bad weather, but this year's show featured sunny days, and plenty of activity according to Rock Products' Jeff Draycott, reporting live from the show. 

LN062818 HillheadOfficials from Hillhead 2018 said there was a 6 percent increase in visitor numbers for opening day, and an 11 percent increase on the second day of the show. A total of 19,687 unique visitors attended this year’s event, surpassing the show’s previous attendance record set in 2005.

With more than 500 companies exhibiting, the event was 10 percent larger than previous shows, surpassing the 476 exhibitors that attended in 2016.  

Show Director Richard Bradbury said, "Growth has come from additional outdoor space created at the top end of the site and the Registration Pavilion, which has doubled in size and hosted 90 companies this year."

Details from the show include:

The Construction Equipment Association’s official CESAR Scheme passed another milestone as JCB unveiled the 275,000th CESAR registered machine on their stand at Hillhead 2018. The new JCB 220X tracked excavator, manufactured at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter, took center stage on JCB’s large and impressive exhibition stand.

Hillhead 2018 visitors got a first look at McCloskey International’s new compact jaw crusher – the J35 – at Hillhead. The spotlight also turned onto the newest product from McCloskey Washing Systems, the AggStorm 150, which was displayed on the McCloskey stand opposite the rock processing demonstration area, also known as Crusher Alley.

Powerscreen celebrated another successful year at Hillhead. Launched at the biennial exhibition were new offerings to the Powerscreen Premiertrak 600 and Powerscreen Metrotrak jaw crushers, as well as a never seen before working demonstration of the Powerscreen Trakpactor 550SR impactor. The Chieftain 2200 three-deck plant is the star screening development at the show which features an incredibly powerful double screenbox with a huge screening area. 

Commenting on the successful show, Dearbhaile Mulholland, Powerscreen marketing manager, said, "Hillhead is always an exciting show for us and this one is no different. We successfully showcase our newest developments and demonstrate how we are looking to the future and being more forward-thinking with our technological innovations. We’d like to thank everyone who has stopped by our stand and heard from the experts on why we are the best in the crushing and screening industry."

Cummins revealed its new Stage V power unit range at Hillhead. Delivered as a complete and ready-made package, Cummins power units comprise a Stage V engine, exhaust after-treatment system, radiator and cooling system, as well as auxiliaries such as mounting feet, hoses and an air cleaner.

Jeroen van Ginneken, director, off-highway engine sales at Cummins, said, "To complement our strong Stage V engine range we are offering a new product to make our customers’ processes easier. For key applications such as crushers, screeners, drills, air compressors and concrete pumps we are providing a drop-in solution, with more than 70 percent of the content pre-approved for installation. This makes the integration process simpler, reducing the lead time for customers."

LN062818 Hillhead2Terex Finlay confirmed that Molson Group Ltd. has acquired Finlay Plant (UK) Ltd. and its subsidiary and associated companies, its long established equipment dealers for England and Wales. Through this acquisition, Molson has successfully secured the distribution rights for the complete range of Terex Finlay mobile crushing, screening and conveying equipment for England, Wales and Channel Islands. 

The current Finlay Group Sales, Hire and Service organizations will remain largely unchanged. New key resources have already been added to further enhance Finlay Group’s regional operations. Aftermarket support will continue to be provided by Sure Equipment Ltd. 

Kieran Hegarty, president, Terex Materials Processing, said, "The Molson Group is already a valued Terex partner, with distribution rights for other Terex lines in England and Wales. This acquisition allows us to strengthen our relationship with this vibrant and progressive business. Terex’s continued success significantly relies on working in partnership with professional and customer focused Dealers. Molson has proved to be just that in the past and we look forward to growing with them in the future. We are particularly excited with the benefits that this acquisition will bring, both for our customers in England and Wales and for our business. Synergies within the existing Molson organization will provide the depth required to consolidate the excellent growth experienced by the Finlay Group in recent years and will guarantee industry leading customer support across the entire country."

Leading independent asset management company, United Plant Services, unveiled an assertive new corporate identity in a launch designed to coincide with the firm’s investment in its new service vans. United Plant provides asset maintenance in the mining, quarrying and waste industries. Working in partnership with its customers, they support HME assets on a nationwide scale, regardless of manufacturer brand.

Duo announced a merger with Denbow International. Terry Last, the chairman of both companies, made the announcement on the Duo stand at Hillhead. The two companies come together under a new entity called Duo Group Holdings Ltd. Last said the merged businesses would “have a combined ability to help customers achieve their aims in a very cost effective manner." At the same time, Duo announced a major deal with Doosan, establishing a new company called Seoul Ltd. that will sell Doosan machinery to national account customers in quarrying and waste.

Compact crushing and screening specialists EvoQuip launched the largest screen in its portfolio – the Colt 1000 scalping screen – on stand L4 at this year’s Hillhead exhibition. Building on the success of the Colt 600 and Colt 800 models, the Colt 1000 is capable of processing up to 360 tph and has already been put to the test with Rapid Aggregates. "I am impressed by the performance of the Colt 1000, a powerful machine for such a small package," said Trevor Armitage, managing director of Rapid Aggregates. "There is nothing it can’t cope with and output is comparable to larger screens. The screenbox is very aggressive and excellent at clearing both stone and wet soil material."

Making its UK show debut was the CASE CX750 D-Series excavator. This is the largest and most powerful CASE machine in the excavator range, delivering best-in-class productivity and operating at 512 hp with up to 366 kN of bucket digging force. The undercarriage and front attachments have been reinforced in most of the D Series, including the CX750D, which can work in the harshest conditions, ensuring maximum uptime.