PREPARATIONS for ScotPlant 2022 are in full swing, with a number of new exhibitors signing up for the showcase event for Scotland’s construction equipment industry.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, next year’s much-anticipated exhibition will be the first ScotPlant since 2018.

Recent additions to the stellar line-up include Wacker Neuson dealer LCF Engineering, King Trailers, SPAL Automotive, Easy Track Survey, MHM Plant and Scotia Survey and Safety.

They will join some of the biggest names in the global plant equipment market when the show returns to the Royal Highland Centre next April.

John Young, operations and sales manager at East Kilbride-based LCF Engineering, said, “We’ll be sharing a stand with Crowmec, who are Wacker Neuson dealers in the north east of Scotland. The show will be a first for us. I’ve been to ScotPlant in the past as a visitor and exhibitor and it’s always been very positive. It’s a great opportunity to show off your wares and also see what competitors are doing. These exhibitions are so important because you can see such a wide range of potential customers in one place.”

John said business has been going “very well” for LCF, with the company recently winning awards for being the top Wacker Neuson dealer in the UK in 2020 for both light equipment sales and spare part support. He described the equipment market at the moment as “very buoyant”, adding that there is a real appetite within the industry to return to outdoor exhibitions and meet people face-to-face again after the Covid-related restrictions of the past 12 months.

“This is a hands-on industry,” he said. “We all want to get out and meet people again. We’ll look to have a couple of special edition machines on the stand, but I can’t say any more than that at the moment. Watch this space!”

ScotPlant 2022 will feature the latest machines and innovations from some of the world’s top construction equipment manufacturers including Liebherr, Caterpillar, JCB, Takeuchi, Kubota, Doosan, SANY, Hyundai, Hitachi, Komatsu and Case.

• ScotPlant 2022 takes place on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23 at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, near Edinburgh Airport.