QMJ, the organiser of Hillhead, has confirmed that the event – set to take place in June – will be postponed for 12 months.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the large-scale event for the quarrying industry will now take place from June 22-24, 2021.

Furthermore, Plantworx, the construction event, which was set to take place in 2021 has pushed back its dates until 2022. Both events are biennial and take place in alternate years.

Richard Bradbury, event director of Hillhead, explained: ‘The health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees is our number one priority and with the peak of the epidemic predicted to coincide with the show in June, this would be severely compromised.

“Following an extensive consultation process, the decision has been taken to delay the event by a year to allow market conditions to stabilise and to best support the construction and quarrying industry during this challenging period.”

Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association, organiser of Plantworx, commented: “Of course we didn’t want to postpone our show, but after discussions with Hillhead’s management we concluded that it would be in the best interests of our exhibitors and the wider construction and quarrying industries if we reset the clock and allowed Hillhead the diary space in 2021. Few people expected the impact of coronavirus just a couple of weeks ago, so we thought it best to make a quick decision so the industry had some clarity. As a trade association now, we need to focus our resources on helping our members through the unprecedented challenges arising from coronavirus which affects both lives and livelihoods.”

Simon Frere-Cook, show director of Plantworx, said: “We had some great plans for 2021, but they will remain intact for 2022. We will also make sure that there are Plantworx-related activities right through to 2022 in support of our industry. The downside for me is not being able to keep our organising team fully employed due to the delay and disappointing the charities we had lined up to support via the show. A positive is a good relationship we have with our Peterborough venue and we will be working closely with them to deliver a great event in two years.”