SALTEX Preview

– the exhibition shaped by the industry

When the 73rd annual SALTEX exhibition opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on 31 October and 1 November, visitors can not only look forward to a comprehensive product display spread over three large halls, but they will also gain a great deal of

expert information through the free-to-attend extensive education programme of CPD- accredited seminars and benefit from knowledge-gaining opportunities through other unique show features.

The exhibition is the longest-standing event of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1938. Over the years, the event has brought the industry together to network, learn and view the latest innovations and each year show organisers listen intently to show feedback to ensure that the event continues to grow and meet the industry’s expectations. This year, over 300 exhibitors and

some 9,000 visitors are expected to be in attendance and there is plenty on offer for those working in or involved with the daily operations of stadia and arena management or the maintenance of sports surfaces or facilities The show floor will be bursting with everything a visitor needs to increase their efficiency and improve operations.

Inventions and innovation

New for 2018, SALTEX visitors can expect to experience the very latest groundscare ingenuity in a new area on the show floor which is purely dedicated to innovation and new concepts in grounds management. Visitors can expect to learn from industry experts and those at the

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forefront of new groundscare innovations and listen to research and trial work findings. Furthermore, a number of key speakers will take to the stage to discuss and explore current groundscare trends such as cordless/environmentally friendly equipment, robotics, GPS control machinery, pesticide alternatives, pitch lighting, watering systems and monitoring systems. The Innovation Hub will also play host

to the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award ceremony and visitors can witness the latest and very best in new grounds care technology. Additionally, by referring to the show guide, SALTEX visitors will be able to follow an Innovation Trail enabling them to see every single entry on the show floor.

Knowledge is growth

Learning LIVE, SALTEX’s all-encompassing education programme, offers attendees a fantastic chance to learn from seminars and panel debates and network with industry peers. The CPD-accredited seminars are free to attend and registration is now open for all sessions that are due to take place in four purpose-built seminar theatres on

the SALTEX show floor. Feedback gathered from last year’s seminar delegates has helped organisers to create an even better line up of speakers and learning opportunities to suit the needs of all SALTEX visitors at this year’s event. There will be a number of expert speakers from the UK and abroad focusing on issues that affect the industry including: Hugo Viney (Arsenal FC), Mark Pover (The FA), Roy Rigby (Manchester City FC), Ruth Mann, (STRI) and Chris Trickey (SAPCA). Furthermore, for free face-to-face turfcare

advice, visitors can speak directly to one of 10 Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) regional pitch advisors linked to The FA, the ECB, and the Football Foundation-funded Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme. This feature will be available through the free Ask the Expert advice centre located on Stand E180.

Improve your soil biology

With prolonged heat and drought conditions challenging turf managers this year, SALTEX attendees will no doubt welcome the chance to have their soil profile assessed. The Pathology & Soil Science LIVE area will

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