National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo an outstanding success

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To prove just how strong field Days and Expos events will be for 2022, Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo was standing room only

The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo has become the largest construction industry expo with huge business generated for exhibitors who enthusiastically return each year

Across the three-day spectacular just concluded, the DDT Expo was a huge success, with 71,300 people visiting the Expo across its three days of providing the latest release machines and plenty of activities to thrill the huge crowd.

The event proved itself last year with a move to an excellent new venue, the Sydney Dragway and for 2022 more than lived up to expectations once again.

Everything was in place to cater for such a huge attendance, with easy navigation for visitors to find exhibitors and there was plenty of parking to accommodate everyone.

Local Council seminar

Representatives of local councils braved the wet and wild weather to attend the International Greenkeepers local government educational seminar on the Thursday, prior to the Expo opening. The seminar hosted 118 council delegates.

Damien Curtis and Daryl Davidson from International Greenkeepers said they are a networking group that creates opportunities for greenkeepers all around the world to find new jobs and careers and to promote the industry.

“We provide scholarships to international and domestic students of all ages and provide experience working in large stadiums, golf courses and sporting venues,” Daryl said.

Expo opening

Cutting the ribbon at the opening were the Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Tony Bleasdale, Chris Moroz of gold sponsor Komatsu and Andrew Hobbs of gold media sponsor Earthmovers & Excavators.

Best stand awards

Once again, exhibitors excelled in presenting their products, with WesTrac taking out the award for the best large stand and Digga being awarded the best medium stand. The best small stand award was taken by Manitou and the award for the best laneway booth went to GAAM Emergency Products. Komatsu took out the most innovative product award with its electric excavator.

Komatsu launch

Chris Moroz, Komatsu sales manager for New South Wales said, “Komatsu is proud to again be gold sponsor of the 2022 DD&T. We are showcasing the latest in Tier 4 technology, smart construction machinery and showing a fully electric 3.5 tonne excavator.

“The Expo is the launch platform for the latest in smart construction technology for our range of bulldozers and excavators. The benefit for operators is high efficiency and the ability to work exactly to the project construction design. Less fuel is consumed and less time is spent on the job.”

Greg Page from Tough Dog took the opportunity to show their range of suspension upgrades for four-wheel-drive vehicles.

“Tough Dog products are designed in Australia to meet Australia’s super tough off-road conditions”, Greg said.

“Our market is typically those people who would attend the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo. Many people in the construction industry drive off-road vehicles, both for work and play, so it makes good sense for us to be here”, he said.

Long-time expo exhibitor Norm Engineering showed new products including trenchers and augers.

General manager John Pesch explained, “These are designed for civil, agricultural and landscaping markets, or for anyone who needs to drill a hole or lay a trench. Their design includes a lot of proprietary technology that enables them to outperform many others.”

Roy Rossini, director and general manager for XCMG Mining Equipment Australia said they were an Expo sponsor because it is the largest construction industry expo in Australia and the event attracts a lot of people.

“The Expo gives us the right platform because it caters to our customer base. While XCMG has been operating in Australia for around 14 years, it’s only been the last 18 months we have really started to make our mark in the Australian market.

“We now have a dealer network throughout the country and we are using Diesel Dirt & Turf to release our 8-tonne and 15 tonne excavators, together with our roller, which has been a huge success.”

Mark Micallef from West-Trans Equipment and HMF Cranes said Diesel Dirt & Turf was the ideal place to exhibit its new, low weight hook loaders that are designed to maximise the payload. 

“We supply the waste and civil markets and these new products are designed to increase their productivity. We enable our customers to handle bigger weights and bigger payloads on their jobs.

“We decided to exhibit these Australian designed and made products at the Expo because this is the place where many of our customers come to find out what is new,” Mark added.

Ever popular Pickles Saturday

Hugh Rainger from Pickles Auctions said that the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is one of their highlight events of the year.

“We have exhibited at Diesel Dirt & Turf from the first year and we have created a great following through the event. Our Saturday auction comprised about 130 lots of equipment across a wide range of applications.

“People are in the market for wheel loaders, excavators, jet skis, dirt bikes, skid steers, and trenchers. We have something for everyone in the construction, agricultural and farming sectors.”

Michael Rojek from CreditOne Equipment finance joined the many enthusiastic exhibitors. “The Expo is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with our dealer partners and end user customers.

“We are one of Australia’s largest privately owned finance brokers. Also being a financier means we have the flexibility to offer our customers some arrangements that the mainstream banks find difficult to provide. We can fast track approval and offer some of the industry’s most competitive interest rates”, Michael said.

Sydney sales manager of Prolube lubricants, James Taliana, was also enthusiastic about the response to their sponsorship of Diesel Dirt & Turf. “The Expo has given us the opportunity to highlight our agricultural and earthmoving industry products.

“We are proud to be an Australian family-owned enterprise which manufactures the full range of lubricants for the earthmoving, construction, transport and automotive industries.

“Our lubricants for engines, hydraulic oils, transmission oils and diesel machinery are fully approved by all the major equipment suppliers”, he added.

Mark Bygrave from Marxgold Starting Solutions is another dedicated exhibitor at Diesel Dirt & Turf.

“There is no better place to show our full range of permanent and temporary engine starting solutions which include jump starters, starting modules and battery chargers.

“The Expo was an ideal opportunity to release our new 12 and 24-volt heavy duty Lithium jump-start system. It’s the first available in Australia and weighing just 8 kg it  can start anything including mining equipment, trucks and machinery”, he said.

NTI, together with its other operations Truck Assist and Yellow Cover said Diesel Dirt & Turf is a big part of their promotional activity.

Farah Lock said, “All our people are trades-based specialists who have been on the tools. We have very strong relationships with all the key companies in the construction and related industries. Diesel Dirt & Turf has been a fantastic event for us and we are really proud to be involved. The Expo enables us to showcase our special expertise and demonstrate a strong support for the industry.”

Albert Martin, Toro area sales manager of Semco Equipment sales they received great feedback from enthusiastic visitors who appreciated the availability of stock in these times when the right machine is not always easy to find.

“The Expo is an unbeatable place to show our full range of equipment which includes Toro mowers, construction equipment such as mini diggers trenchers and stump grinders. We are also showing the first of the Toro lithium powered equipment range which has generated huge interest”, Albert said.

Ryan Macdonald, one of the owners of Cappro Pacific said it was the first time at Diesel Dirt & Turf and considered their presence to beimportant to be there to connect with customers to grow the brand and the business.

“We recruit for all positions throughout the earthmoving industry, whether a dealer or a major OEM. We cover roles from workshop to senior management throughout Australia and New Zealand”, Ryan said.

Jamie Gray of Earthmoving Equipment Magazine said it wasgreat to be part of the Expo which brought the industry together and enabled them to keep in touch with key decision-makers.

Contribution by sponsors

Expo Manager Marti Zivkovich said sponsors had a major impact on the Expo’s success and paid special tribute to gold sponsor Komatsu Australia, gold media sponsor Earthmovers & Excavators magazine and Deals on Wheels, major supporter/associate sponsor Pickles and associate sponsors Prolube, XCMG, CreditOne, Cappro Pacific, Norm Engineering, NTI/Truck Assist, Yellow Cover and Earthmoving Equipment Magazine.