After its successful debut at last year’s show, the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award attracted even more entries from various exhibitors across the globe and included a variety of high-quality products, services and equipment.
The independent panel of industry experts decided the Toro Outcross 9060 from Reesink Turfcare, PrecisionPro from Sherriff Amenity and a product that cannot yet be named from McConnel were the stand-out entries.
The three companies will be on stage on the first day of SALTEX, in the Innovation Hub (stand K021) from 11.30am to 12.35pm, offering insight into their respective innovations and answer questions from Innovation Hub host Kevin Lynch, a former referee and current football speaker.
The winner’s ceremony will be in the Innovation Hub at 2:30pm.
Innovation Hub visitors can also expect interviews with industry experts and those at the forefront of new groundscare innovations, and research and trial work findings. Key speakers will discuss and explore current groundscare trends.
Kevin Lynch and IOG CEO Geoff Webb will start proceedings at 11:00am on the first day of SALTEX by commenting on what most would agree has been a golden period in innovation in sports turf over the last 10-15 years.
A panel debate featuring Horticulture Week’s Sally Drury, IOG regional pitch advisor Rob Donnelly and IOG learning programme architect Chris Gray will take place shortly after. The panel will provide an update on new technology in groundscare and key developments that have had a significant impact on the industry.
Digital media will be explored in the next session.
The loss of important active ingredients is increasingly frequent and several products are being taken off the market, especially with regards to pest management, so an expert panel will explore alternative solutions.
This will be followed by sessions on what’s new in grass cultivars, cordless machinery and robotics.
Reinforced pitches for cricket and tennis will be the final topic of the day with turf consultant Alex Vickers, ECB pitch advisor Chris Wood and Neil Stubley from the AELTC.
The Innovation Hub will conclude with the SALTEX 2018 Innovation Award winner’s ceremony.
The programme of events will be replicated on day two of SALTEX.