Rain hits IoG Saltex numbers but fails to dampen success

Despite Toro, Ransomes, Kubota and John Deere attending, any expectations for an increase in visitor numbers at IoG Saltex this year were dashed by the weather on the first day of the three-day event.

High winds and rain also put paid to some exhibitors' hopes as a number of stands were damaged at the turf care and open-space management exhibition held at Windsor Racecourse last week.

The show attracted 9,500 (unaudited) visitors - similar to last year - but exhibitors reported good business. BLEC managing director Gary Mumby said: "Windsor was a terrific show for us. We sold eight machines and took dozens of solid enquiries."

This year's show also saw a huge number of new products launched including 15 new machines from Etesia. Interest was shown in the latest robotic mowers from Etesia and John Deere and in a remote mower from McConnel. A prototype ride-on triple-flail mower from Ransomes Jacobsen also attracted much attention.

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