One of IoG Saltex’s biggest exhibitors, Ransomes Jacobsen, will not exhibit at next year’s show.
Managing director David Withers said: “We will be back in 2007 but we are not going to attend in 2006.
“I think there are too many UK shows. The industry has changed from what it was a few years ago.
“To do the British & International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association’s (BIGGA’s) BTME trade show and IoG’s Saltex every year has become too much of a burden just for the UK market.
“We are still very, very supportive of the IoG and BIGGA and will do everything we can to support them, but this is our plan.”
He added: “We will definitely be at Harrogate in 2006 but we are still looking at it for 2007. You can read between the lines.”
Withers said John Deere, Toro and Hayter were likely to follow suit, following an Agricultural Engineers’ Association (AEA) meeting late last month in Peterborough.
He said other shows had gone biennial, including Agrovak in Holland. HW understands that more than 20 companies are unlikely to show at Saltex in 2006 and BTME in 2007, including Ransomes, John Deere, Hayter, Kubota and Toro.
AEA has left it up to individual companies, but they are likely to follow Ransomes Jacobsen’s lead.
An IoG representative commented: “It is up to the individual exhibitors to decide whether they want to attend. While it is sad not to see such a prestigious company here next year, we know they will be back. There is tremendous support throughout the industry for the show.”
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