IOG Saltex 2012

Saltex Expo 2012Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire 

IOG SALTEX took place across 50 acres at Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire.

Boasting around 9,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors, the event celebrated the very best in fine turf and sports surfaces, children’s outdoor play and safety surfacing, turf maintenance equipment and landscaping. Everything that was needed for the maintenance, management and development of open spaces – from commercial vehicles to outdoor leisure and facilities management and software and security equipment – was available at the event’s many exhibitions.

Each year the event is attended by open space management professionals and contractors – from groundsmen and greenkeepers to play officers, designers, architects and surveyors.

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Saltex Expo 2012Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire

A one-stop shop 

 The usefulness of IOG SALTEX as the ‘one-stop shop’ for all turf and open space management matters and as a showcase for new ideas and products – plus the event’s unrivalled ability to enable equipment to be demonstrated outdoors – continues to dominate the reasons why industry decision-makers make their annual pilgrimage to the Windsor show.

According to independent research, 88 per cent of visitors to 2011’s IOG SALTEX said it was important to see equipment working in a ‘real life’ environment. And more than half (59 per cent) said the show was the one event where they could see everything they need in one place at the same time, while 58 per cent go looking for new products and ideas to improve their routines.

In addition, the visitor research (by Vivid Interface) also reveals that 34 per cent of the 9,267 visitors to the 2011 show went to IOG SALTEX to source new or alternative suppliers.

A priority sales market 

 The range of commercial vehicle companies that took stand space at IOG SALTEX 2012 (Windsor, September 4-6) reinforced how global motor manufacturers continue to regard the groundscare and open space management industry as a priority sales market.

Visitors were able to see a host of vans and trucks, and were able to compare capacities, capabilities, price and service back-up from Fiat, Great Wall, Iveco, Isuzu Truck and Isuzu UK, Kawasaki, KFS, Mercedes Benz, Renault, The Land Rover Centre and Vauxhall.

Iveco, the Commercial Vehicle arm of Fiat Industrial, also demonstrated the New Daily 35C15 Crew Cab with Ingimex tipper body, the Daily 4×4 50C17 with Neath Coachbuilders’ dropside body and the Eurocargo 75E16 Tipper.

In its latest form, the New Daily range offers gross vehicle weight ranges from 3.5 to 7 tonnes, six wheelbases and a choice of nine engines with five- or six-speed manual or the AGile automated gearbox.

As the best selling Iveco truck in the UK, the Eurocargo range (7.5 to 18 tonnes) extends to more than 11,500 configurations and represents a vehicle line-up  that can be mission-matched to all types of applications, including off-road tipper work and specialist 4×4 models.

In addition, news also received from Renault revealed that IOG SALTEX the company showcased the new Tipper Utility Cab, the Kangoo ZE van (100 per cent electric), the Master Dropside, the Crewcab Trafic and the Master. The company’s award-winning line-up included panel vans and factory-built conversions, plus bespoke conversions via accredited partners.

An Olympic heritage 

A special display of turf machinery, tools and artefacts from the years 1908 and 1948 was also staged alongside their 2012 counterparts at this year’s IOG SALTEX open space management show to commemorate the historic Olympic events.

Working closely with the Hall & Duck Trust – an international collection of 1,000 lawn mowers dating from the 1850s, plus home to an extensive material archive – IOG SALTEX provided visitors with a range of mechanised and pedestrian-controlled machinery and tools, as well as a selection of interesting artefacts, photos and posters.

Included in the display was a rare Ransomes 30 inch Patent Motor Mower of 1907(a pedestrian machine), the likes of which would have been used in 1908 for the Olympic events. The original owner was Somerset County Cricket Club and the machine is still in running order.

The aim of the display was to show comparative equipment from each of the years when the event was held in London, illustrating how the industry has changed over the 104-year period. Members of the Trust were available for discussion.

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