The third live showcase event for construction professionals took place this year from 6 - 8 June, once again at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.
Only the brave ventured out into the constant rain on the Tuesday, but despite the weather, the Volvo team offered a warm welcome and hot drinks to those who popped by the stand. The weather brightened for the second day before more rain fell on the Thursday, making this event the wettest (and muddiest) yet.
European launch of the Volvo EC27D
The EC27D compact excavator was shown for the first time in Europe at Plantworx. This new machine boasts an exceptionally large operating range for its size class, while combining intuitive operation and operator comfort with simple serviceability and versatility.
With impressive lifting capacities and excellent digging forces, this rock-solid machine can handle a variety of jobs. Combining durability and ease of operation with serviceability and versatility, the EC27D is designed to stretch further, dig deeper and reach higher.
Other machines on display
Volvo showcased a wide range of their utility equipment including the popular EC15D, EC18D, and ECR35D compact excavators. The EW60E compact rubber duck was on display in both static form and also in the demo area where it was put through its paces with a Steelwrist tiltrotator attachment. The ECR25D was also available to try in the demo area.
The ECR50D and ECR88D compact excavators also featured on the Volvo stand and form part of Volvo’s zero percent finance deal which was also launched at the show. Along with the ECR58D and ECR88D, Volvo’s 5 -8 tonne range are available with 0% finance for 12-36 months and includes a one-year full warranty (plus the second and third years’ warranty on major components) with just a 10% deposit.
The Volvo DD25B roller was also available to see, plus the EC140E fourteen-tonne excavator which proved to be another popular attraction.
Inspiring the next generation
On the final day of Plantworx, several local schools brought their students along for the day. Through the Primary Engineer initiative several companies, including Volvo, sponsored schools to enable them to provide materials and guidance to their classes in building a working model truck. The students were split into ‘apprentices’, who built basic model trucks, and ‘engineers’ who incorporated electronics into the models.
The models were presented by the students and judged by all the sponsors including Volvo CE’s Marko Simic and John McIntyre. Marko and John were asked to interview the students to find out how they planned, designed and built their models and scored them on each aspect. The Primary Engineer team then put the models through their paces with the electronic models being tested on their ability to drive in a straight line and to drive up an incline, the gradient of which was increased until the machine was no longer able to power up the ramp. The ‘apprentice’ models were tested by being pushed down a ramp and were then scored on distance and how straight they travelled.
All participants in the Primary Engineer program received a certificate of participation with the runners-up and winners announced for each category and presented with a medal. Those awarded with a medal will now take their models to a county heat.
Those who took part in the Primary Engineer program were then joined by other schools in the afternoon to embark on a student trail through the exhibition. Several schools visited the Volvo stand where they took part in a quiz and were each given a goody bag before heading off back into the mud!