Despite some appalling weather conditions over the two day event, Scot Plant 2010 proved to be a 100% success story for Volvo Group UK Ltd with a record number of high quality enquiries and deals done on the stand.
The clouds certainly held a few silver linings as the gates opened on Scot Plant 2010, Inlgiston Edinburgh as far as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Truck & Bus Centre North & Scotland were concerned. Although the weather didn’t play fair, the damp conditions were more than compensated by the high volume of quality enquiries and customers visiting the Volvo stand.
Over the two day event deals were done on a fourteen tonne EC140C crawler excavator sold to EMN Plant from Shetlands, a wheeled EW140C sold to Daviot Farms and an ABG6870 wheeled paver sold to Excel Surfacing from Yorkshire. In addition to deals done the level of enquiries received on stand was quite staggering both for construction equipment as well as trucks. “As for numbers, I started to write out the list of customers I spoke to over the two days but gave up after I reached 100,” exclaimed Area Business Manager Gerry Logue. “Every enquiry I dealt with was a positive one.”
A tremendous amount of interest centred round the relatively new 2.7 tonne Volvo EC27C compact excavator with potential customers pencilling in their names for deliveries later in the year. “The level of interest with this particular model was huge,” commented Volvo’s utility manager for Scotland Charlie Flaws. “It’s going to be a challenge to satisfy the demand over the coming months but it’s all positive as far as I’m concerned”. Martin Foley from Volvo Truck & Bus was equally optimistic with the level of enquiries and the numbers of truck customers visiting the stand. “We took fifteen serious enquiries over the two days from customers in the Central Belt area, Oban / Argyll area, Inverness and islands,” he said. “Many of our customers visiting the stand appreciated the hospitality especially in the adverse weather.” A sentiment expressed by many, who had the opportunity to sit and discuss deals and have the ‘craic’ over a cup of tea or a warming cup of soup.
Even the demand for genuine Volvo merchandise (especially jackets and hats!) was equally high and the Volvo shop did a roaring trade, especially on the Saturday.
In summary, Scot Plant 2010 proved to be a good kick off to the year for Volvo with positive signs that, whilst still fragile, the market in Scotland is certainly showing signs of a positive recovery.