Irelands only Construction, Quarrying and Machinery event CQMS, sponsored by Capital Flow, Topcon & the Irish Plant Contractors Association (IPCA) continues to grow and deliver value for exhibitors and visitors.  

The 2023 show, according to exhibitor and visitor feedback, was a resounding success, with an attendance over the two days of 6,121.

Positioned over Friday and Saturday April 21st and 22nd 2023, the Friday has become renowned for its quality trade attendance, a diary staple for industry visitors from across the whole of Ireland, GB and indeed Europe.

In attendance at the event were buyers such as Tom Grant, who was joined by senior colleagues from John Sisk including Plant Manager Barry Murphy. Other industry representations were made from Jons Civils, Murphy, Shannon Valley, JJ Duffy and RS Plant and indeed everyone and anyone in the business of purchasing equipment.

From the world of aggregates CQMS were delighted to welcome decision makers from the likes of Kilsaran, Breedon, Roadstone, Harrington Quarries, McGrath’s of Cong to name but a few.

In the true tradition of the event, the Plant Hire Industry was, as ever, well represented, with visitors from the nationals, regionals and local providers.

Trade talk from attendees was as interesting as ever. Here is what one or two had to say…

“We were pleasantly surprised by the extent of plant and equipment on display”.

“It’s great that Ireland now has its own show, this is our second time visiting, this event has become the place for the industry to meet and take a look at the latest product solutions on the market”.

With projected sales revenue generated at CQMS and the benefit to the economy running into many millions…What did the exhibitors think?

Tony Ryan MD of Glanaco Ltd said “CQMS is a great show for Glanaco, the event always delivers quality customers and real sales…All done in an agreeable environment, enabling our business to continue to grow”,

TBF Thompson MD Seamus Doherty stated “CQMS is the ideal show for the Irish market, we had a packed stand and were delighted with the quality of visitors.  TBF introduced its new 16 tonne Hitachi excavator at the event, in addition to the latest machines from Thwaites, Bell and McCloskey many of the machines we sold on the stand, are going direct to customers after the show”.

Rory O’ Connor of Dunshaughlin based Hire 2K said “We have been impressed with the array of product choice, as well as the fact of how many exhibitors have pushed the boat our on the stand layouts.  We have already placed orders for multiple products, from Rotech Ireland…This event rivals any international trade show we have attended and it’s a place where we go to do business”.

Dermot Cunnie Director of Sales and Marketing at Glendun Plant Sales said “This is the third consecutive event we have exhibited at; CQMS really works for Glendun Plant, we are seeing more quality visitors to the stand who are ready to buy. We were delighted with the deals done at the show”.

Gerard Doherty from Versaffix said, “We had excellent feedback from operators at the show stating that our Tiltrotator performed every bit as well as any of the competitors, if not better. Many of the customers were filled with confidence when assured that the product is manufactured in Ireland and we are able to provide a fast backup service. Potential buyers were also impressed with our competitive prices.  If you missed us come and see us at Plantworx in the UK this June”.

Aine Kelly Marketing Manager at Omega Crushing said, “CQMS 2023 gave the business a great opportunity to support our Irish dealer Southwest Crushers in their home market; while further exposing the Omega Crushing and Screening brand to the industry and visitors of the show”.

Dougie Watt MD at Quarry and Recycling Solutions Ltd said “We had a really positive event, we are returning for our second year and whilst the weather could have been kinder, the quality of visitors was good. We generated numerous enquiries, with a significant deal done on the day. Terex Finance who was on the stand, were able to broker the deal for a Terex Ecotec machine valued at over €200,000.

CQMS Event director Brian Coogan commented “From myself and Machinery Movers I would firstly like to thank all the exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and build team for their monumental effort in delivering the 2023 event”.

Brian concluded, “As pleased as I am with CQMS ’23, there is so much more we are excited about in the planning for our next event in 2025. We are committed to provide the island of Ireland with the very best showcase for the construction quarrying and machine manufacturing industries, a place where Ireland comes to do business”.

See the next issue of Machinery Movers Magazine for a full report from CQMS ’23.

CQMS will return on April 11th & 12th 2025.

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