DEMO International delivers
Sept. 27, 2016 - Thousands of loggers and manufacturers converged in Maple Ridge, B.C., for three days last week for DEMO International 2016, the thirteenth edition of the show, held every four years by the Canadian Woodlands Forum.
By Maria Church
The biggest, smallest, strongest and fastest machines were on display from 130 exhibitors, dozens of which featured live equipment demonstrations of harvesters, skidders, mulchers and more.
The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia hosted the show at the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. A 3.4-kilometre loop road was built around rough, mountainous terrain, which allowed several exhibitors to showcase their steep slope equipment, ideally suited for the west coast market.
Many manufacturers launched their newest machine or attachment models, and some launched products available for the first time in Canada. Operator comfort seemed to be a common thread, with exhibitors touting new lighting, air conditioning and heating systems, larger cabs and windows and more comfortable seating.
Exhibitors featuring demonstrations of their steep slope technologies were a popular stop for show goers, and the steep terrain allowed the machines to be viewed in the environment for which they were designed. Among the exhibitors showcasing their steep slope options were John Deere, Ponsse, HSM, Volvo, and Caterpillar.
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