With Western Sydney turning on spectacular autumn weather, the 2023 National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo was kicked off by Chris Moroz of Gold Sponsor Komatsu and Andrew Hobbs of Gold Media Sponsor Earthmovers & Excavators magazine. Many exhibitors had put huge effort into dressing up their stands to show off their latest gear and create a memorable visitor experience.
As in previous years, the Expo had a great atmosphere with a positive buzz and teams of enthusiastic and friendly staff to welcome the thousands of visitors.
“Komatsu Australia is proud to be Gold Sponsor of this year’s Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo, presenting a whole range of equipment to our customers. We have expanded our site to showcase an expanding range which includes the WA480-8 5.5 cubic metre loader, a PC 490LC-11 50-tonne excavator and a full range of utility equipment.”
said Chris Moroz, Komatsu’s Sales Manager.
The Komatsu demonstration area attracted much attention, with customers testing operating the machines to experience the integrated smart construction PC 138 with RFK, and the PC 360 LCI-11.
“We are pleased to be back as Gold Media Sponsor and part of an event that brings together people from all over the Australian earthmoving, agricultural machinery and trucking industries. The Expo is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the industry to catch up and find out what’s going on.”
affirmed Andrew Hobbs, Managing Editor of Earthmovers & Excavators magazine.
Extensive range of industry solutions
Norm Engineering showed the latest release of its tilting 4-in-1 buckets and rear rippers that have design upgrades on the pivot systems to increase operational life.
“We enjoy being at Diesel Dirt & Turf and have been here every year. It’s great to meet customers and have the opportunity to explain to businesses how we can save them money, regardless of their size.”
said Curtis Valtonen, Business Development Manager at Record Time.
Roy Rossini, General Manager and director for the Australian operation of XCMG Mining Equipment Australia said the business had grown dramatically and participation in Diesel Dirt & Turf had been a major part of its marketing strategy.
“The Expo is an exciting place to be and the crowds have been fantastic. This year we are showing a large dump truck and large loader which is attracting a lot of attention and the construction sector range is growing month by month.”
affirmed Roy Rossini, General Manager and Director for the Australian operation of XCMG Mining Equipment Australia.
A family-friendly Expo
Landscape gardener Jason Hodges is well known to television audiences and now has several plant nurseries.
“I never miss Diesel Dirt & Turf and have a good look around on Friday to see what new equipment is being offered. The whole family comes with me for the rest of the weekend because there’s so much to see and the kids enjoy the fun.”
said Jason, a regular visitor.
“We represent a large range of professional brands supplying major contractors in the construction earthmoving building, landscaping, defence, government and civil works markets. Response from people visiting our stand has been fantastic and there’s been a huge amount of interest in our range of Milwaukee, Makita and DeWalt tools.”
affirmed Tony Khalife, National Sales Manager at Sydney Tools.
One of the annual highlights of the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is the Pickles auction which is held on Saturday.
“There were a large number of people around which has been fantastic for us.”
said Hugh Rainger, National Manager of Pickles.
The auction comprised over eighty lots of assorted earthmoving equipment. The first lots offered were five of equipment from Semco, with proceeds donated to the Clancy Ward at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Stands and displays get better each year
The National Association of Women in Industry (NAWIC) took on the role of stand awards, using selection criteria of staff welcome and sales approach, general aesthetic and visual appeal, product demonstration capacity, appeal for families and kids, quality of merchandise, diversity and inclusion.
Westrac took out the award for the Best Large Stand, while Botanica Nurseries was awarded the Best Medium Stand. The NAWIC panel selected Prolube as the Best Small Stand and Ox Rock was judged to be the Best Indoor Stand.
Sponsors played a key role
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, WhatIf, RecordTime, Norm Engineering, Earthmoving Equipment Magazine and NAWIC.