steinexpo ready for first event in six years

The organiser of steinexpo says the German quarrying and construction equipment exhibition is set to have a high level of participation when it takes place for the first time in six years this month.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / August 9, 2023
By Liam McLoughlin
Around 25% of visitors at this year's steinexpo are expected to come from abroad
Around 25% of visitors at this year's steinexpo are expected to come from abroad

Around 300 exhibitors with 440 brands will showcase themselves on around 180,000 m² of exhibition area at the basalt quarry operated by Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie at Homberg/Nieder-Ofleiden in the state of Hesse on August 23-26.

Event organiser Geoplan says that international participation continues to remain high at 25% and promises to live up to the claim of increasing internationalisation.

It adds that it is "clear from the current data of registrations as well as online tickets sold that steinexpo 2023 will meet all expectations."

Geoplan continues: "Six years is a long time in this industry. The machines and plants registered as exhibits have undergone evolutionary changes since then. Drive technology, safety and automation features are geared to current requirements. Ease of maintenance and new, often digital, service tools complement the range.

"Overall, this response shows that in contrast to the dwindling general confidence in the economic stability of Germany and Europe, confidence levels in the raw materials industries and in their key importance are maintaining their momentum. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The industry is the silent leader in many sectors. Staying technically up to date should be worthwhile for the players in mining, mineral preparation, refining and processing. steinexpo helps to decipher which machine or plant ultimately is the best match."

The organiser says that the increasingly professionalised joint demo of various construction machinery and mobile equipment brands in area A is a special trade fair event with spectator appeal.

Demo area B is home to additional construction machinery brands demonstrating their capabilities on an individual basis. It will also feature accessories, attachments, tyres, offers from professional wear protection companies and other equipment suppliers. In addition, there is a wide range of specialised as well as universal digital solutions and services for all machine and user segments.

Processing technology for mineral materials of all kinds is concentrated in Area C. The demonstrations follow a visitor-friendly, interrelated schedule. To be at the right place at the right time, it is worth taking a look at the demo information in the trade fair catalogue or in the new steinexpo app. The popular steep lift between area B and C contributes to a smooth and relaxing “round trip” of the exhibition areas.

The “open concept” of the large-capacity tent halls that now house two pavilions is designed to benefit all involved. Situated on areas B and C, the exhibits in the tent are this time more closely aligned with the “main theme” of the area and integrated into the live trade fair environment.

Area D is directly adjacent to the main entrance, where associations and other trade fair partners are located and where the special show – and the pay-off line of the fair – “Quarry Vision” provides insights into the future of the industry.

Geoplan says that major topics at the show include what technology can do today, where the journey is heading and where the limits are set in the mining, processing and further refinement of mineral primary and secondary raw materials.

The organiser concludes: "It becomes clear that even if designs change, details have an advantageous effect and the drive is different or new and more economical, the basic principles in the process chain for the use of construction machinery and equipment from A to Z remain largely the same. What has changed – and indeed profoundly – are the possibilities of actuation and control via sensor technology and data evaluation plus feedback on a digital basis. Hard to believe but real: software now cracks even the toughest nuts in this field and opens up additional dormant savings potential."

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