IOG Saltex 2004 Open Space Management Show already on course to be a sell-out.
With over six months to go before IOG SALTEX opens its doors at Windsor Racecourse (7-9 September 2004), the support for this year's event has already reinforced the show's status as Europe's annual flagship event for the open space management industry, and in particular, turfcare specialists.
Already, 90 per cent of stand space is booked - including more big name suppliers and overseas exhibitors - and a powerful, free seminar programme focusing on turfcare issues is planned to complement the comprehensive displays of products, technologies and techniques being staged by the 400 plus exhibitors.
In addition to IOG SALTEX groundscare equipment 'regular exhibitors' such as Allett Mowers, Bobcat, David Jenkins Turf, Kuboto, Simon Tullet Machinery, Ransomes Jacobson, Swan Plant, Toro and SISIS - who traditionally announce new labour-saving products - automotive giants Ford and Mercedes will this year be joining the likes of Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo in demonstrating their vehicles' cost-to-performance status.
Caterpillar is another new name that will swell the ranks of the leading earthmoving/groundscare machinery specialists that will be present at the racecourse, joining companies like JCB, John Deere, Hayter, Massey Ferguson and New Holland.
Overseas suppliers, too, are increasingly recognising that with over 16,000 visitors last year, IOG SALTEX is Europe's premier showcase for their open space management products and services, and the latest news is that turfcare specialist, Stella Engineering of Germany, will be attending for the first time.
With such a line-up of industry luminaries both on the racecourse and within the seminar sessions, it's no surprise that visitors like Mike Baker and Robin Smith, secretary and head greenkeeper, respectively, of Limpsfield Chart Golf Club, keep returning to IOG SALTEX to keep abreast of developments on an annual basis.
"It's certainly worth coming," they said after last year's event. "We came here with several purposes in mind - to look at machinery, and to talk to suppliers of soil and groundscare products - and we've fulfilled them all."
Following its 65-year tradition, IOG SALTEX 2004 will again embrace fine turf and sports, turf maintenance equipment, children's play and safety surfacing, commercial vehicles, leisure and facilities management and software as well as security equipment, and is aimed at everyone involved in open space management - from groundsmen and greenkeepers through to architects, designers and surveyors as well as local authority and leisure facility managers.
Log onto www.iogsaltex.co.uk or call 020 8232 1600 for more information.