Hillhead 2016 Quarrying, Construction & Recycling
While the second day of the Hillhead Quarrying, Construction and Recycling exhibition was badly affected by heavy storms, the third day was blessed with fine weather. This biennial exhibition once again drew the key players as well as those more generally supplying these industries to catch up with what’s new and to network.
Watts staff visited to meet with clients on their stands and to discuss ways in which Watts could improve its products to meet the needs of these ever-evolving industries.
Product Highlights of Hillhead
As expected there was a wealth of new product launches across the core areas of quarry face, rock processing and recycling machines in the dedicated demonstration areas and on the stands. In screening alone the following stood out:
- The launch of the Powerscreen 50th anniversary celebrations with demonstrations of new and revamped mobile crushing and screening equipment which included the Premiertrack 400 jaw crusher and a Trakpactor 500. Also on display was the innovative screenbox system which allows the screenboxes to be interchanged.
- Australian company Striker chose to launch its new range of crushing and screening machines optimised for the US market but launched at Hillhead given the importance of Northern Irish manufacturers in this sector.
- Anaconda launched their DF514 tracked screener while Terex demonstrated a wide range of its machines on its largest stand to date at Hillhead. Another super-sized stand was Sandvik who highlighted their total solutions approach with a focus on mobile crushers and screens and also importantly the recent developments made by their customer services department.
Skills Wheel Launch
The international professional development body for the sector, the Institute of Quarrying chose Hillhead to launch its Skills Wheel as part of its newly created Skills Academy. The wheel enables staff and companies to plan the development of their personnel to meet the changing demands of the quarrying, construction materials and related extractive and processing industries. The four key spokes of the Skills Wheel, which each in turn break down into 3 distinct areas are:
- Knowledge and Innovation
- Standards & Professionalism
- Engagement, Influence and Impact
- Personal Effectiveness
These can be taken as part of cpd courses or through formal education programmes.
If Hillhead 2016 leads to a better-skilled workforce and successful machinery launches, the message is clear; it’s best to start preparing for Hillhead 2018 now.