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Record broken again for ConFor's International Forestry Exhibition (UK)
A record number of visitors, 16 700, attended the A.P.F. 2010, in England in September. This was 700 more than in 2008. Exhibitors reported strong sales and plenty of interest. Media coverage included three reports on the BBC, one on ITV and Transworld Sport, as well as local (England's West Midlands) publications. The world pole-climbing championships particularly appealed to the cameraman. There will be more in December's Forestry & Timber News.
While many exhibitors loved A.P.F. 2010, visitors were remarking upon the breadth of coverage across the industry, with some saying that there was less emphasis on arboriculture compared with some previous exhibitions.
One visitor remarked on the number of fire processors on show, indicating the increase in demand for firewood. He said that he had recently sold a lorry-load of ash for firewood for more than he would get for a load of conifer.
One exhibitor who joined ConFor at the exhibition said later: "We got some good leads last week and I felt it was a well spent few days. The organisation was excellent from our perspective."
Many companies chose A.P.F. 2010 to launch their latest products.
Komptech UK launched the Chippo Direct 5010C self-propelled chipper, designed to produce chips ideal for the woodfuel market and said to be capable of handling trunk wood up to 750mm diameter and throughput of up to 220m3 per hour.
Managing director Paul Carley said: "The A.P.F. represents an ideal opportunity to introduce the Chippo 5010C direct to British customers as we can really put this machine through its paces."
Tubex launched its Bio-hybrid tube, "the next generation of treeshelter, that is more sustainable, more biodegradable and more proven". It is manufactured using a minimum of 30% polymer.
David Biggs, general manager of Wood-Mizer UK, reports a rewarding presence at the exhibition, selling £50000-worth of band sawmills off this stand and awaiting confirmation of other orders worth approximately £200000. Confirmed sales were for two 'chunky' LT20B small-to-medium mills, an industrial edger and three small LT15 bandsaws. Unconfirmed sales are for three mid-range LT40s and four semi-industrial LT70 mills. Wood-Mizer UK is offering significant reductions on the prices of its small LT15 band sawmills until Christmas. www.woodmizer.co.uk
Forest machinery brand Cundey has returned, 15 months after going down in the liquidation of Technorton Ltd. Following the acquisition of the assets of Technorton Ltd, Cundey Systems Ltd was formed in September and exhibited at A.P.F 2010 with Lamberhurst Engineering. Cundey was known for debarkers, pointers and timber processing systems.
Reprinted from Forestry & Timber News, published by ConFor (Confederation of Forest Industries) UK.
Photograph above: Increased Wood-Mizer coverage in Britain and Ireland
Wood-Mizer UK has expanded its presence in the British Isles under its general manager, David Biggs. All regions are now covered by dedicated managers, reflecting a determination to respond to any potential customer during the difficult economic conditions in Britain and Ireland. Pictured from left at the recent biennial A.P.F. forestry fair: Alex Jordan (customer service), David Darnell (South-East), Stephen Cull (Wales & the South-West) David Biggs, Stephen Brennan (Ireland), Gary Dennis (Scotland).
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