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Recent events have highlighted the importance of trackway innovations.

Budgeting for trackway made the news recently, with Samphire Festival’s Flora Blathwayt and Josh Beauchamp saying they were ‘heartbroken’ that they could no longer run the sell-out festival, citing mounting costs including trackway.

Elsewhere, Y Not Festival was cancelled due to bad weather, despite investing heavily in infrastructure including trackway and traffic management.

Meanwhile, innovations and new offerings from trackway companies are springing up.

Event case study: WowGrass at Palace Pearls of Wisdom at Banqueting House

WowGrass seized the opportunity to launch its latest product at Palace Pearls of Wisdom at Banqueting House, and reported positive feedback from some of the industries finest.

Its freestanding REAL Grass photo wall, which is now available to hire proved popular. The Wow Wall will, for a limited time be offered free of charge with any floor covering booking of 150sqm or over.

The wall was ornately decorated with a regal display of flowers arching across the top combined with golden pears. The wall was also adorned with vintage suitcases, books and props to really bring the magic to life. Guests flocked on the day to strike a pose or a selfie in front of the wall dressed in our Soil-free REAL grass.

The Wall itself is 3×2.4m which WowGrass says is the optimum size for events. It is freestanding and can go against a wall or if away from the wall will be installed with a curtain to hide the back.

Hot new product: Eco Traction-Trac T120 & Eco Traction-Mat T80

Eco Traction-Trac measures 1.40×2.90x20mm and has an aggressive anti-slip top surface for vehicles on one side and a more user-friendly grip pattern on the other side for pedestrians.

Made from virgin high quality HDPE plastic, which is recyclable and designed to facilitate safe passage for both foot and vehicular traffic.

Each ECO Traction-Trac weighs 60 kg and has handles for man- handling by 2 men and can be joined together via a simple metal joining system.

Ideally suited for heavy vehicles as an alternative to aluminium roadways, Eco Traction-Mat is a handy version of the above with the same grip pattern on each side, same handles and joining system but measure 1.20×2.40x14mm and weigh 34kg.

Both Eco Traction Tracs and Eco Traction mats are available for hire nationwide for DIY or a full delivery and installation service

Tracking the news: EFS Europe at LAMMA

LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery and agricultural services show, returned to the East of England Showground in January 2018. It attracted more than 40,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors.

EFS Europe has been a supplier to the shows’ exhibitors for the last four years, providing its specialist flooring services for both indoor and outdoor exhibitions and demonstration stands.

EFS Europe’s Temp-a-Path and Hex-Road products are easy to install solutions for pedestrian and vehicular use. Both products can be installed in detailed configurations, allowing exhibitors to create safe and unhindered access for visitors wishing to view their display equipment or services.

In addition, EFS’s ranges of exhibition carpet and artificial grass were utlised – suited for adding detailed finishing touches to the stands and displays.

Jeremy Simpson, EFS’s business development manager said: “LAMMA is moving to the NEC next year, so this is the last year we will be supplying the show. It has been a privilege to work with the show organisers and the 40 plus businesses we have helped with their stands. It’s a real shame that the high winds stopped play this year and the show had to be cancelled, especially given this is the last time LAMMA will be at the East of England Showground.”

Two key EFS products:

Temp-A-Path

Temp-A-Path, designed, manufactured and installed by EFS Europe, is a lightweight, interlocking modular flooring solution. It creates instant temporary flooring for marquees, warehouses, pedestrian walkways and emergency access. The system is quick and easy to install and designed for any indoor and outdoor event. Available in a range of colours, Temp-A-Path can be laid in multi-sized sections and is suited for vehicular access as well as ground protection.

Hex Road

A heavy duty roadway ideal for instant access and car parking at events, exhibitions both for access to site prior to set up as well as throughout the event. Hex Road is a versatile non-metal interlocking system which is suitable for all types of ground and usage – it will protect the ground from long-term damage. Hex Road has a static loading of up to 100 tonnes and a mobile loading of 44 tonnes (the legal European limit), making it ideal, versatile and robust. AAA