Following the recent announcement of a further delay for Hillhead to 21-23 June 2022, it very quickly became obvious that the new dates would clash with those of the CEA and its Plantworx expo - the two exhibitions appearing to take place within days of one another. To its credit, the CEA responded with more positivity than might have been expected. Here's the official version: 

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the owner of the Plantworx trade show, is set to announce plans for Plantworx events from the latter part of 2021 through to 2023. The team behind the event remain committed to providing a meeting place for construction industry professionals and suppliers, including the 150 strong CEA membership.

The CEA also confirms that the Plantworx 2022 exhibition, which was scheduled for 14th/16th June, will not now take place as planned in light of the unexpected second postponement of the Hillhead exhibition to next year.

Speaking of the news, CEA’s Chief Executive Rob Oliver said; “What we have learnt from the pandemic challenge is to be flexible with our plans for physical and other events. We have an excellent relationship with the East of England Arena and Events Centre, our Plantworx ‘home’ in Peterborough – and will be announcing some new initiatives with them and others in the coming weeks.

“We know that companies are anxious to get back to face-to-face networking, but not at the expense of their safety. Our new programme will aim to be attuned to the requirements of our Plantworx community in showcasing the best products and technology now available. We still believe there is a terrific future for bringing business people together to do business.”

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Of course, it barely needs repeating (but we're going to anyway) that the good old Executive Hire Show will kick 2022 off in fine style on Feb 9-10 2022. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing more about the CEA's new initiatives.