By Paul MacDonald
It’s only a couple of months away now, and the planning and logistics for the massive DEMO logging equipment show—which is returning to British Columbia—is now in high gear and those looking to attend should have the dates marked on their calendar: September 22-24, in Maple Ridge, B.C.
The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia will host the event at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, located within an hour’s drive of downtown Vancouver.
Owned by the Canadian Woodlands Forum (CWF) and produced by Master Promotions Ltd., this world-class event is unlike any other in Canada. A show this big only happens every four years, so it is definitely seen as a “must-attend” for those in the industry.
“It’s the place for the industry to be in September,” says Peter Robichaud, Executive Director of the CWF. “We’ve always considered DEMO to be the forestry event of the year, since it is such a major live equipment show, and only held every four years.”
DEMO will provide logging equipment manufacturers with a prime opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their equipment live—in-woods and in action—for the thousands of visitors who will descend upon the research forest for the show. The show site consists of a 3.2 kilometre road loop, around which exhibitors and live demos will be set up, so attendees can easily walk around and view equipment at the show, in September.
“The countdown is on,” says Robichaud. “It’s been three years in the planning with the show and conference, lining up participants and partners, and keeping everything moving forward. It’s going to be a busy time between now and the show in September—but we’re ready for that.”
And there will be a lot of loggers and forest company representatives ready for the show and conference. Robichaud noted that both past attendees—and those who might be new to the industry—are seeing the value, and payback, on attending the show and conference.
“When you combine DEMO with a top notch conference program leading to the show itself, and the partners that are engaged in that conference, it is getting a lot of attention. A lot of the general theme topics at the conference will be seen ‘in action’, so to speak, on the site during the show.”
Robichaud noted that all of the major logging equipment manufacturers will be present at DEMO, giving attendees the opportunity to see a lot of iron, first-hand at one site—and to see it working in the woods. “That really is a unique feature of the DEMO show,” says Robichaud. Loggers can see equipment harvesting trees, or hauling timber or processing wood. “You can see all this at one show, in a great outdoor atmosphere.”
The key industry equipment companies will be exhibiting, reinforcing their support of DEMO, and the industry.
“There is definitely a lot of industry buzz to DEMO, and people know that they need to be part of a big event that only happens every four years.
“It provides the opportunity to bring together the people who are selling logging equipment with the people who are buying the equipment—the companies and contractors can see equipment demonstrations, and shop for what is the best piece of equipment for them, and their operation.”
There has been a great deal of interest in exhibiting at the show. “The interest in DEMO has been consistently strong—we’ve had to expand the original site plan twice to accommodate the demand,” said Mark Cusack, National Show Manager with Master Promotions Ltd, which is producing the show.
“Excitement is really starting to build now that the show is getting closer. The fact that DEMO only happens every four years truly makes it an event,” says Cusack. “With advertising starting to run, audience interest is picking up as well and we’ve heard that area hotels are already getting booked. We’re expecting a huge audience to be in attendance in September.”
Robichaud reports that the last DEMO planning meeting went very well. “We had some new exhibitors come and check out their site for the first time, and a lot of the already-booked exhibitors were there to take another look at their sites and start finalizing their design and operational plans.
“A lot of the companies who are putting on the demonstrations, and their staff who are doing the planning and design, were at the meeting. They are now putting the finishing touches on how they are going to organize their site.”
With 2016 DEMO, the CWF and Master Promotions have set the bar high—they are designing a show site that meets the highest of standards and expectations, and they will be following a tradition of serving the industry—and presenting the latest and greatest, in terms of logging equipment, products and services.
This will mark the 13th edition of DEMO International. During the course of its 49-year history, DEMO has evolved into one of North America’s largest and unique outdoor equipment shows. It attracts more than 110 exhibitors and thousands of attendees from around the world, with products and services covering all aspects of woodlands operations. Past shows have attracted up to 16,000 attendees interested in forestry from around the world.
At this point, Robichaud says, the only spaces left at DEMO are for static booths.
“Typically, that’s the way it works—the static booths are the last remaining spaces to go.” But he added they will be doing all they can to accommodate late exhibitors.
The March DEMO planning meeting also saw a lot of interest from steep slope equipment manufacturers, noted Robichaud. The meeting followed the Steep Slope Logging Conference, put on by Logging and Sawmilling Journal, which saw presentations from a number of these companies.
“There is a priority being placed on steep slope harvesting in B.C. and it is rightfully getting a lot of attention from a safety perspective,” said Robichaud. “That in itself is a great component for DEMO—and we’re able to offer that unique feature because the show is in B.C.”
Robichaud said that DEMO is more relevant than ever before, considering the cost pressures the logging sector continues to deal with, and the need for modern, efficient logging equipment. Contractors, and forest companies, are continually looking for ways to improve their operations, he said.
“You have to be on top of your game in logging and have the latest equipment and technology. A show like DEMO provides the opportunity to really shop around—all the major logging equipment manufacturers will be there.”
This marks the first DEMO show in B.C. in 16 years, with the last DEMO being held near Kelowna, in the B.C. Interior, in 2000. “The fact that it is in B.C. is creating a lot of interest in the rest of the country in attending,” he said, with some attendees looking to add on some holiday time to explore B.C.
Organizers are working on all the details that surround such a large show, such as lining up blocks of rooms at local hotels and motels, and on-site services. A list of accommodations, and other show related information is on the show’s website at www.demointernational.com. Show organizers suggest that anyone interested in attending DEMO register and book their rooms early, as September can be a busy time for tourists around Vancouver.
Robichaud noted the UBC Research Forest is an excellent location for DEMO, because of the features of the research forest itself, and also since it is so close to Vancouver.
The show is getting complete buy-in and support from the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest staff, led by Paul Lawson, Director of UBC Research Forests and Anthony Robinson. The Knapp Forest is truly a multiple use research forest, providing an ideal location and forested venue for an event of the scope of DEMO. Robichaud said that DEMO, once again, will have an education component, both through UBC and local public schools, with students visiting the show.
Robichaud said the UBC Research people have been “phenomenal” to work with. “They’ve been great to work with on the design and layout of the site, and working with the contractors to prep the site to develop it into what we need for DEMO.”
As part of DEMO Week, there will also be a pre-show conference—Canada’s Forest Sector: Adapting to a New Reality, “Technology and Innovations as a Catalyst for Success”, being held September 19 to 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
The conference is being co-hosted by the Faculty of Forestry, UBC and the Canadian Woodlands Forum in association with the 108th Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, FPInnovations, and the Council on Forest Engineering 2016 Annual General Meeting.
The conference and DEMO show make for a powerful information package for attendees, combining presentations at the conference, and actual demonstrations at the show. “At the conference, there will be speakers talking about operational aspects, whether it is harvesting biomass or silviculture—and all of those elements will be covered at DEMO with equipment that will be on site and demonstrated.”
With a great DEMO and conference team, the excitement is clearly building as the last months are marked off on the calendar.
That team includes Logging and Sawmilling Journal, which will producing an Official Show guide for DEMO—further information is available on LSJ’s website at www.forestnet.com.
Further information and updates on DEMO are available at www.demointernational.com.
On the Cover:
On the B.C. Coast, it’s about getting the wood to the water, but before it hits the water, it needs to be harvested in the woods. And this September will see the full range of harvesting equipment working at the DEMO 2016 show being held in Maple Ridge, B.C. Please see the preview story on DEMO, beginning on page 28 of this issue. (Photo of B.C. dryland sort by Paul MacDonald).
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