1,100 invites on the way: Contractors set for major national meeting
The clock is ticking. The biennial ‘Conference and Exhibition’ (Confex) of the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) will take place early in the new year – on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
The venue is the National Show Centre, Cloghran, Swords (adjacent to Dublin Airport).
To mark the event, the FCI has come up with a special logo (below).
The association is inviting contractors and their operators to the event; it costs €20 to attend. Interested parties are asked to book in advance – by calling: 087-7551111 or by emailing: [email protected]
The event will run from 12:00pm until 9:00pm, with a series of half-hour seminars on a range of topics during the day.
The Confex theme will be ‘Contracting – A Vision for the Future’ and it will focus on “providing Irish farm and forestry contractors with a one-day event that will incorporate a series of information seminars coupled with a machinery exhibition”.
The association has welcomed the support of FBD Insurance as the lead sponsor. It says that it has worked closely with the insurer to provide a “tailor-made insurance support service to suit the needs of Irish contractors”.
Confex 2018 has apparently been modeled on the success of similar contractor-focused events run by similar associations across Europe.
Through its membership of CEETTAR – the European contractors’ association – the FCI says that it has been able to call on the “support and expertise” of contractor associations in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands – all of which run similar biennial events.
The event will build on the “success of a smaller event” held in Kilkenny in March 2016. For 2018, the new location at the National Show Centre, Cloghran, Swords, is adjacent to Dublin Airport. The facility includes a covered display area, restaurant facilities and hard-standing car parking – accessible from the M50 and M1 motorways.