WITH pandemic-related restrictions continuing to ease, it’s full steam ahead for ScotPlant 2022, which is shaping up to be the largest exhibition in the event’s illustrious history.

Around 170 exhibitors are currently scheduled to be in attendance at the Royal Highland Centre in April for the show, which will feature for the first time ever at ScotPlant exhibitor space in the long avenue which separates the indoor Lowland Hall from the main outdoor showground.

The most recent additions to the line-up include Grangemouth-based Jarvie Plant, one of the biggest names in the Scottish plant industry.

Bradleys, the UK supplier of Prinoth Panther rubber track dumpers and utility vehicles, has also signed up, as has GenAir, specialists in compressed air hire.

Orba Group, providers of washing and screening equipment for the separation of aggregates in the construction and recycling sectors, is another new exhibitor, while track carrier specialist PowerBully has also joined the roster since our last update.

Brian McGrane, Liebherr area sales manager, recently told Project Plant about the appetite within the industry to get back out to trade shows again after the enforced absence due to Covid-19.

“I can’t wait (to get back to exhibitions again),” he said. “It is always an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our products and meet our customers in a more relaxed atmosphere. I’ve been going to ScotPlant since 2006. It’s not all rushed, you’re able to spend a bit of time with customers. I’ve sold machines at ScotPlant and it’s always been good.

“This one I think will be even more special as it is the first one after the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Liebherr is just one of a number of global manufacturers with a strong presence at the show. The latest machines and product innovations from the likes of Caterpillar, JCB, Kubota, Takeuchi, Doosan, SANY, Hyundai, Hitachi, Komatsu, Kobelco and CASE will all be making their way to the iconic venue.

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