Demo Expo - the UK’s biggest demolition show

Published 15/9, 2017 at 12:43

From the 22 to 24 June the third joint National Federation of Demolition Contractors and Institute of Demolition Engineers Demo Expo was held at the Hertfordshire Showground near St. Albans, UK. This bi-annual event saw over 50 exhibitors showcase equipment and solutions to over 5,000 visitors.

Demo Expo saw manufacturers and dealers display equipment, which in many cases have proved ideal for the demolition industry. In addition there were many items, which received their formal introduction to the UK demolition industry. These items ranged from the very small, yet vital tools and equipment, to  huge crushers and excavators.


On the show ground

As well as a covered pavilion and demonstration area, the main forum for exhibitors was the main show ground.  Here there were displays of equipment of all sizes, with the common feature being their suitability for the demolition industry. This included some highly advanced technology being displayed with demolition robots being firmly represented.

Gnat UK showed the Brokk 800 3 phase electric, or diesel model, which weighs 11t without attachment, with the model possessing a reach of 9.4m.  Gnat UK operates the largest hire fleet of Brokk and Husqvarna equipment in Europe, and had experts on hand to show how these machines can help with a variety of demolition tasks.

Remoquip featured Husqvarna’s five demolition robots, from the 15kW DXR 140 with 360° rotating arm, to the 22kW DXR 310 with telescopic arms. Weights range from 985kg to 2t. All machines are equipped with Bluetooth remote control.


Breaking force

A wide array of hydraulic breakers, hammers and demolition attachments provided visitors the opportunity to view a cross section of solutions from a variety of manufacturers. These ranged from small, hand held breakers, to large equipment fitted to huge excavators.

Simex displayed the Socomec heavy hydraulic breaker range. This consists of seven models suitable for excavators from 15t to 65t. These all possess tie rods with a new profile and a tightening system, which provides enhanced elasticity and resistance. The company’s DMS range was also exhibited consisting of six models ranging from the 60kg to the 400kg for excavators up to 8.5t. 

ECY Haulmark displayed the full range of Furukawa hydraulic breakers for excavators in the 0.5t to100t class. This included the latest of the FX range of small breakers through to the FXJ range for heavy demolition and quarrying applications. Indeco Breakers were represented with a cross section of its range, which includes fuel saving technology and an intelligent hydraulic system. An array of Dehaco IBEX breakers was shown that incorporate a housing, which makes them suited to demolition applications. 

Perhaps the largest range of breakers shown was by Rammer’s UK distributor, Murray Plant, who introduced Rammer’s 9033 hydraulic breaker. This  model is said to possess a 22% higher input power, which significantly increases impact rate and productivity compared to its predecessor. Weigh 7t, the 9033 is suitable for carriers in the 60t to 120t weight range and possesses an impact rate on the long stroke setting from 450blows/min to 520.

Amongst its excavators and loading shovels, space on the JCB stand was given to its large, medium and small breakers. The range varies from small hand held equipment to large hydraulic hammers for the biggest excavators. These combine high levels of impact energy with compact construction to give class-leading power to weight performance.


Demolition attachments

Related to breakers and hammers, and often shown by the same manufacturers and dealers, were ranges of shears, pulverizers and other demolition attachments. BPH Attachments launched its new range of demolition shears to suit 3t to 280t machines.  

Primal Equipment exhibited its specialized range of demolition attachments, which included buckets, grapples, pulverizers, rippers and riddle buckets.  ECY Haulmark displayed the VTN Europe crushing and screening attachments including the new VTN DSG series of screening buckets. Worsley Plant gave pride of place to what is claimed to be the largest crushing bucket in the UK, as well as the Rotar range of demolition attachments. 

Rammer exhibited its relatively new range of attachments, including cutter-crushers, scrap shears and pulverizers. The ranges include full hydraulic rotation for faster and more precise positioning, rotation protection, heat-treated pins and bushes, and weld free cylinder rods.

Atlas Copco and Takeuchi jointly displayed elements of the Atlas Copco excavator attachment range.  This included concrete busters and breakers, crusher buckets and grapples, as well as hybrid power mini excavators, designed to use Atlas Copco breakers. Remoquip exhibited the LaBounty’s range of MSD scrap shears and pulverizers, and International Marketers exhibited some of the MBI buckets and attachments


Mobile screening and crushing

Mobile crushing and screening manufacturers were out in force at Demo Expo, although some big names were missing.  What made some of the exhibits of particular interest was that they covered some of the most recent advances in equipment technology that have been developed specifically for the requirements of the demolition industry. Again these ranged from the compact to the truly massive.

Powerscreen’s UK distributor, Blue Machinery, exhibited the latest mobile jaw crusher the Premiertrak 400X. This has been designed for medium scale operators, and includes hydraulic adjust and hydraulic release. Following a developing trend in the UK industry, Blue Machinery also displayed two of Powerscreen’s new EvoQuip range of mini crushers, the EvoQuip Bison 120 jaw crusher and the EvoQuip Cobra 230 impact crusher.  Doyle Equipment also exhibited a compact solution in the form of the Arjes Impaktor 250 for medium sized contractors. The tracked machine is designed to crush a variety of materials including rubble, concrete, asphalt and bricks. 

At the other end of the size spectrum, the Wirtgen Group, newly acquired by John Deere, gave pride of place to two large crushers, which the company says are proving to be very popular with UK demolition contractors. The Kleeman EVO2 impact crusher is now being used by AR Demolition and Thames Water amongst others, being designed to produce a superior end quality product, and has proved to be the ideal solution for inner city demolition work due to its high fuel economy and low emissions. Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology exhibited its QE441 scalper screen and the QJ341 tracked jaw crusher, providing a focus for the demolition industry. Amongst the purpose developed features are a Volvo engine providing low fuel consumption and quieter operation, enabling it to be used in London and other inner city developments.  


Leading excavator manufacturers

Many of the world’s leading excavator manufacturers and their dealers showed their specialized demolition equipment. Komatsu was represented by its UK distributor Construction Plant and Machinery Sales showing Liu Gong and Dressta equipment. Finning UK, the world's largest Caterpillar dealer, was also represented, as were JCB and Hitachi amongst others. Many of the excavators were equipped with specialized demolition attachments including one large Rammer hammer.


Other exhibits

There were also interesting developments from a variety of manufacturers covering other ranges of equipment. Husqvarna exhibited and demonstrated its wall wire saw, complete with chainsaw attachment as well as its Prime high frequency range. Britannia Cutting Services focused on its specialist services including diamond drilling, diamond wire sawing and concrete crunching.  Kinshofer products included selector grabs, clamshells brick grabs, earth drill and augers, whereas Cabcare provided a cross section of its vandal and demolition guards. Wirtgen also exhibited three of its Hamm rollers alongside its crushers.


Live demonstrations

As well as a cross section of companies in the show ground, exhibits of all shapes and sizes were put through their paces at the demonstration area.  Amongst these included ECY Haulmark, which demonstrated a Kiesel KLS400 T.A.B. fitted with the OilQuick automatic quick coupler system. The company showed the ease of attachment changeover in just 15s. Likewise, Worsley Plant demonstrated the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler system for hydraulic attachments. 


Much to see in the pavilion

As well as the items displayed on the show ground and demonstration area, many solutions and services were also represented in the pavilion. This provided demolition companies and contractors an overview of what consultancy and associated services are currently available.  The Drilling and Sawing Association was well represented promoting the work of professional drilling and sawing contractors by highlighting the main advantages of cutting concrete with diamond tools. Waste management company eSynergy highlighted its specialist services in the treatment and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. 

Swanton Consulting provided an overview of its detailed testing, inspection and verification of materials and installations services. Erith Training Services showed how it is able to provide a qualitative economic and cost effective service, based on an understanding of its clients’ needs. Indeco Consulting and the Number 8 Group outlined their management and recruitment consultancy services respectively.


A niche show for a specialize market

Perhaps as a show Demo Expo is not as all encompassing as the recently held Plantworx. The concentrated offering at the show is specifically targeted at the requirements of demolition companies. This means that Demo Expo enables visitors to cover in detail all the exhibits, thereby gaining exposure to what is on offer, and able to view at first-hand how technology is facilitating change to improve the services contractors and demolition specialists are able to provide.

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