Event organiser, Frank Sticka, said the mix of exhibitors across the broad spectrum of the infrastructure industry was a major attraction for the large crowd.
“In earlier years, we included a demonstration area and this year decided to return to that concept. Many suppliers took the opportunity to showcase their latest gear, thanks to the assistance of operators provided by The Allied Earthmovers Association,” said Frank.
"Exhibitors were pleased with the number of decision making and business owning attendees who were keen to evaluate the latest technology and equipment that would help keep them competitive in this tough business climate. The fact that many exhibitors return each year proves the event’s high value as a sales generating medium.”
The winner of the Best Stand of 100 square metres or less was Ingal Civil Products on site 22, with judges commenting: “A very distinctive site which drew people in with a very clear message.”
The Highly Commended award went to BCP precast on-site number 18 for “lots of on-site activity demonstrating how a gross pollutant trap works.”
Winner of the Best Stand over 100 square metres was Kennard's hire, with the judges noting the stand showing “lots of product; a busy and active stand with engaging staff in attendance."
Winner of the Best Environmental Product was the Eco Barrier H Series by Echo Barrier Australia "for its portable noise management system for construction sites or events. A sensible and realistic solution to a practical problem.”
Highly Commended in the Best Environmental Product was the Hino Hybrid Truck by Hino Motor Sales Australia Pty Ltd. The judges said, "It pushes all the environmental buttons, with diesel and electric motors driving through a clutch-less transmission. A wide number of combinations are available to meet a range of operational needs and operator comfort."
The Most Innovative Product Award was won by the Grade Control's Asphalt Zipper, "A portable affordable self powered reclaimer that is easily attached to loaders and backhoes for heavy patching work - a very innovative and cost effective solution in pavement rehabilitation."
Highly Commended in the Most Innovative Product Award was the Coremaster Xtreme by Green Care Industries. This represents the first new aerated design in 30 years, using aircraft grade aluminium and a carbon fibre drive system. The judges said "It delivers faster, deeper and stronger turf aeration with ultra-low maintenance cycles of once every six months."
The Best New Product winning award went to the Canycom S 100 - a swivel dumper from Work Smart Equipment. Judges said, "This innovative replacement for the wheelbarrow simplifies the handling of material in confined areas. The machine is ideal for cemeteries and narrow easements and operates in one metre wide spaces. The machine is simple to operate and of robust construction.”
The product that was Highly Commended in the Best New Product category was the Structurescan Mini by Detection Solutions. Judges said, "This unit can be used to accurately locate services, reinforcing banks, voids and pavement thickness, using ground penetrating radar and laser location marking. This equipment would be good for Olympic pool surveys and road surface thickness determination".
Images (top to bottom): Ingal Civil Products' Brad Turner and John Hawthorn; Steve MacDonald and Michael Hayek - Kennards Hire; Ray Lee of Echo Barrier (centre) with Mark Turner (left) and Stewart McLeod (right); Sam Cash from City Hino (left); and Paul Weaver – WSE National Sales Manager, Joel Baker – WSE NSW Business Development Manager, and IPWEA's Stewart McLeod.