QMJ, organiser of the world’s biggest working quarry event for the mineral products, construction, and recycling sectors has reported almost 18,500 visitors attended this year’s event – held from 21–23 June at Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, Derbyshire.
Following the trials and tribulations of the past two years for the events sector, and a gap of four years since the last Hillhead show, the organiser said this year’s eagerly anticipated event was very well received, with every square metre of exhibit space – including a reconfigured Quarry Face demo area, new-look extended Registration pavilion, and revised layout at the top of the showground – completely sold out before its official opening.
As thousands flocked to the showground and thronged the aisles and live demonstration areas to catch up on the latest plant, equipment, and services, Hillhead recorded the busiest ever opening day in its 40-year history, with a total of 8,283 visitors attending on day one. And the consensus among the exhibitors and visitors at this year’s show was that they were thrilled to be back at a leading in-person event such as Hillhead.
“Despite the supply issues affecting the industry as we emerge from the pandemic, Hillhead 2022 was our largest and most successful edition yet,” commented event director Richard Bradbury. ‘More than 600 exhibitors showcased their latest products, innovations, and technology, collectively offering more choice for the quarrying, construction, and recycling sectors than ever before. Some 18,500 unique visitors attended the show and were entertained by a record number of live demonstrations.
“Above all else, Hillhead 2022 has proved there is no substitute for face-to-face events for keeping up to date with the industry, building positive relationships, and doing business. We look forward to welcoming you all again in 2024 with our provisional dates set for 25–27 June.”