More than 5,500 people attended the four-day show held alongside the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds
A new name, new location and new duration brought in the biggest numbers the Heavy Equipment & Machinery Show (HEMS) has seen.
More than 5,500 patrons attended the four-day show which was presented by the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland (CCFQ) in conjunction with the Brisbane Truck Show. The collaboration included joint ticketing and free shuttle buses running every 30 minutes between the venues.
Held for the first time at the Brisbane Showgrounds – the old home of the Queensland Truck & Machinery Show, the event also attracted a record number of exhibitors.
These included first-timers HIAB, Palfinger and Maxilift as well as stalwarts such as Hastings Deering, KOR Equipment Solutions and Hitachi Construction Machinery.
The event also featured some exciting new activations, including a live auction by naming sponsor Pickles Industrial, the first it has held since the start of the COIV-19 pandemic. The auction sold more than 70 earthmoving equipment assets.
HEMS major sponsor, TFH Hire Services, also brought along some star power in the form of Queensland Reds players Harry Hoopert, Taine Roiri and Hunter Paisami to check out the show.
The boys had a great time meeting the attendees and exhibitors, checking out the big equipment and jumping on simulators.
And the return of the Trimble Inn Eatery and Bar, supported by SITECH Construction Systems and Trimble, also proved a hit.
CCFQ CEO Damian Long says the show offered industry an opportunity to come together and see the latest equipment and technologies to help make the construction of Australia’s infrastructure more affordable and effective.