SCOTPLANT 2024 exhibitors have taken to social media over the past week with phenomenal comments about the event, which more than cemented its status as the most important date in the calendar for the Scottish plant industry.

Almost 6,660 unique visitors joined 210 exhibitors for a weekend that showcased the very best of the sector. Huge crowds were treated to glorious sunshine and an incredible collection of the latest machines, solutions, and innovations to hit the construction marketplace.

Pat Bulcock, who returned to exhibiting duties at ScotPlant 2024 with his S type X venture, remarked, “Great couple of days at ScotPlant 2024. Fantastic to be back at what I consider to be the best construction equipment show in the UK. Great people and a whole lot of laughs. Along with good times comes a huge amount of business.”

The Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) revealed that it welcomed over 1,000 visitors to its expanded stand during the event, making it by far the busiest year for the organisation to date.

Callum Mackintosh, immediate past president of the SPOA, said, “This show is possibly the best ScotPlant to date, certainly for the SPOA but I also believe for the industry.”

Current SPOA president John Sibbald, whose day job is director of ScotPlant exhibitor Sibbald Training, agreed, stating that this was ‘the best ScotPlant yet’, adding that the exhibition was ‘well organised and well attended’.

John and David Sibbald

Andy Wilson, Kubota construction sales manager for HRN Group, also declared 2024 the ‘best ever ScotPlant’. He added, “I’ve been attending ScotPlant since 2008 but the vibe and positivity at this year’s event was second to none! The weather was kind, deals were done, and so much to follow up over next week.”

Blue Group described ScotPlant 2024 as a ‘brilliant show for both Blue Scotland and Murray Plant’. “We were treated to two days of brilliant weather and heavy footfall. We can’t wait to do it all over again in two years’ time!”

MV Commercial hailed ‘another fantastic ScotPlant event’ adding that, like them, the event must have grown significantly since the last show. “The surge in ScotPlant’s prominence underscores the potential of Scotland’s construction sector, serving as a pivotal platform for industry players to connect, innovate, and, if you’ll excuse the pun, drive progress,” the company added. “Our stand was no exception to this, with more people visiting, more knowledge sharing, and more orders placed this year than ever before.”

William Forrest from The Attachment Company was also glowing in his praise, stating, “Here’s something I never thought I would say about exhibiting at a trade show – I thoroughly enjoyed it! Without a doubt our biggest and best show to date and we’re already looking forward to doing it bigger and better in 2026!”

Lucy Mullin from Scot JCB thanked everyone in the team at Scot JCB who helped to make it ‘our best show yet’. She added, “From the first Scottish outing for the new JCB 370X to the Scottish heats of the UK tracked operator of the year comp, it’s been two days of diggers, pies and laughs!”

Mellex Group declared their stand at ScotPlant a ‘phenomenal success’. “A special shoutout to the ScotPlant 2024 organisers for another outstanding show,” they stated. “We are already looking forward to showcasing our ever-expanding, one-stop company at the next ScotPlant.”

Liebherr’s Lyle Sibbald said that ScotPlant is ‘getting bigger and bigger’, declaring such events as vital for the industry. “Our business is built on relationships and coming to these (exhibitions) really cements it,” he added.

ScotPlant debutant Digger Guard said it had a ‘great’ outing, with a ‘brilliant’ crowd and ‘loads of enquiries to follow up on’.

SANY UK & Ireland took to social media to say: “Scotland you didn’t disappoint us! We had a fantastic and very sunny two days, which gave us a chance to welcome so many visitors to our stand and show them what SANY products have to offer.”

Engcon UK thanked Scotland for the ‘amazing hospitality’ and ‘all the new customers that placed orders and for our longstanding customers that came along to visit’.

Forsyth of Denny also declared ScotPlant 2024 a ‘huge success’ for the firm, adding, “Both days were very busy on our stand with friends, colleagues, customers and suppliers stopping by. The event is of course an opportunity to showcase what a company can offer – but it is an amazing social event with the opportunity to meet the families of staff, customers and friends and chat over coffee. Looking forward to the next one.”

Nicola Troy from Strickland MFG revealed this was the firm’s first time at the show but  that it ‘certainly won’t be our last!’ She added, “The weather was kind, the showground first-class and the visitors outstanding.”

Elsewhere, Joshua Copeland from Ulrich Attachments,described ScotPlant 2024 as ‘incredible’, Alan Rose from WM Rose & Sons said it was ‘brilliant’, and Gordons Construction Equipment reported a ‘very successful’ two days.

Another debutant, Fox Equipment Sales, said, “What an absolutely amazing few days we had over at the Royal Highland Centre for ScotPlant 2024 last week! It was a milestone moment as we exhibited the first ever LiuGong Machinery machines to appear at ScotPlant, and they went down an absolute storm. We had so much interest in our machines, especially our Dressta TD-16N dozer.”

Mackenzie Transport Services described the show as ‘not only a fantastic opportunity to showcase our services but also a valuable learning experience in the industry’. The firm added, “ScotPlant 2024 provided us with the perfect platform to network, connect with peers, and explore new business opportunities. The energy and enthusiasm were palpable, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

Long-time exhibitor Worsley Plant said the team had ‘thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at this brilliant event for another year’, adding that it ‘can’t wait for the next one’.

Gary Moug, editor of Project Plant, which is published by ScotPlant organiser Peebles Media Group, said, “These comments are just a small sample of the amazingly positive feedback we’ve read and received. We are overwhelmed with the response and absolutely thrilled with the success of ScotPlant 2024.  The event continues to grow each time. It was an incredible two days showcasing the very best of the Scottish and UK construction equipment sector and – for the third ScotPlant in succession – we were even blessed with glorious sunshine throughout! We can’t wait to do it all over again in 2026!”