With nearly 7,000 visitors over the first two days of IOG SALTEX 2010, and a steady flow of serious buyers, the organisers were enjoying their highest ever level of re-bookings for next year’s event as well as numerous requests for extended stand space.
Out on the showground on Wednesday – the second day of the show - Etesia announced three new products – two Hydro 124P ride-on mowers and the Excelion brushcutter – while The Grass Group promoted its new additions, including the RotaDairon ED 130 TS de-thatcher and spiker; the modular fine turf management tool, the TMsystem, with eight individual, interchangeable cassettes to mow, groom and roll with one machine.
Charterhouse Turf Machinery’s stand was full of news about new products embracing, for example, top dressing and verti-coring, as well as a new tool carrier, and the company also brought the audience up to date about the progress of an exciting new online information service concerning the maintenance and management of synthetic playing surfaces. This new web-based resource, which is scheduled for launch early in 2011, is a joint project between the IOG, Charterhouse Turf Machinery, Tiger Turf, Abacas Lighting and Replay Maintenance.
TYM Tractors reported a good reaction to its range – especially its largest tractor to date, the 100 HP T1003 – and British Seed Houses was bringing visitors up to date with the advantages of the Level Par Velvent Bent blend grass.
Meanwhile in the IOG Pavilion, the Institute of Groundsmanship and the Greenkeepers Training Committee officially announced its co-operation over NPTC diplomas/training manual.
Back outside, on the Allett Mowers stand, the new ELMOW pedestrian electric fine-turf mower was attracting much attention, Multihog introduced its new UK dealer team and JSM Distribution launched the Classen turf cutter and the TAS trimmer range.