The 3 day Totally DIY show has taken place again this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, where over 100 suppliers and manufacturers had stands for trade customers to see our product range.
Leading the display is our Nippon range of pest control and rodenticides, including the Pest Smoke smoke-generator which eradicates a wide range of insects in just two hours, and the Nippon Tip Trap, a humane mouse catcher. Also on the stand were the new Biodegradables range which includes Grow Pots and Tubes, Mulch Mats and Cabbage Collars.
And of course Slug Gone took centre stage once again, being a very popular product in hardware and DIY outlets.
Vitax had another successful day at the Garden Press Event at the Barbican Exhibition Hall this week. Fortunately the weather and the trains were good to us, so a large number of garden writers were able to attend the show. This is the only Gardening & Home event dedicated exclusively for the Press and Media. One of over a hundred companies exhibiting, this event was the ideal place to bring our product range to the attention of the media.
Slug Gone took centre stage again. Many of the writers had been given free samples last year, and came back to tell us how pleased they were with its effectiveness.
We also featured our new biodegradable pots & mats range, which includes Cabbage Collars, Mulch Mats, Ring Culture Pots, Grow Pots and Grow Tubes. These effective and easy to use products help protect and encourage the growth of seedlings and young plants. This range has been designed with environmentally conscious gardeners in mind as the products are fully biodegradable, and can be used alongside our range of Vitapot planting pots and pellets.
Vitax also made a donation to Greenfingers charity, which is supported by the gardening industry. With the continuous backing of retailers and manufacturers, the charity has created 42 gardens in children’s hospices across the UK.
Vitax had a busy day at The Garden Centre Group trade show yesterday. Our stand was staffed by Colin Wetherley-Mein (Sales Manager) and Ralph Fitter (National Accounts Manager) and featured many products including the extremely popular Slug Gone.
It was a chilly start to the day in the capacious animal sheds at the Malvern show ground. Heavy rain and local flooding caused transport problems for many of the visitors. But the show ended on a high note as many people arrived in the afternoon and the heating finally came on!
Vitax recently had the pleasure of attending the STMA (Sports Turf Managers Association of America; the American equivalent of the IOG) show at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The show took place from 21st to 24th January, and consisted of seminars, an educational programme and an exhibition, and was attended by Greg Holden and Daniel Wilkinson from Vitax Supaturf.
This was a great opportunity to meet all levels of sports turf managers and workers from all around the world and from all sports. Visitors to our stand included Paul Burgess (Head Groundsman of Real Madrid), Wayne Holmes (Head of Turf Management for Aspire Logistics in Qatar), Joe Pemberton (Head Groundsman of Manchester United’s Carrington training ground), Steve Braddock (Head Groundsman for Arsenal Football Club) and John Sorochan Ph.D from the University of Tennessee.
The show was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the Supaturf range of line marking machines and paint. Once again, the Arrow was of particular interest due to its simplicity, ergonomic design, ease of use and ease of maintenance. The TXE proved a popular alternative to some of the more complex and expensive turf marking machines that are available in the USA.
In our new late-winter Supaturf Technical Bulletin you will find useful information about ways to achieve great line definition and answers to questions about aerosol paints. There are also very helpful FAQ’s on winter battery maintenance and storage.
If you have any queries, please use the “sign up for bulletins” page on www.supaturf.co.uk, or if you would like us to send you a copy in the post then please let us know.
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Vitax showcased their world leading range of line-marking paints and machines at the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Convention taking place in the Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 16th to 18th January.
With over 10,000 people attending a series of seminars, coaching workshops, lectures and exhibitions during the course of the exhibition, Supaturf were delighted to have a presence at the show for the first time.
Daniel Wilkinson and Greg Holden were greatly intrigued by the intensity and passion shown by the attendees for the products on the stand, and were surprised to learn that in the USA, the common practice for lining soccer (football) pitches is by using aerosol markers – a very expensive and environmentally unfriendly way to do it. The marking is carried out this way because much of the time it is untrained volunteers (Mums and Dads) who are doing the marking, and they do not have the experience to use a more complicated machine.
The Briteliner Arrow received a lot of attention as transfer wheel marking is very rare in the USA, especially using a machine as unique as the Arrow. There was also huge interest in the TXE 353. One of the reasons aerosols are used is because most spray marking machines common in the US market are complicated and difficult to maintain and keep clean, but the enormously successful design of the TXE means that it is so easy to keep clean and in good working order, especially because of the flush tank system.
The English Premier league is extremely popular in the USA, as it is all over the world, so the fact that Supaturf has such a strong pedigree of dealing with Premier league clubs, and other high profile clubs worldwide, is a big mark of approval.
Overall the show was a massive success with Greg and Daniel taking dozens of enquiries for machine and paint orders, in addition to many requests for distribution rights in the USA and Canada.
Vitax had an excellent week at the MANTS show (Mid Atlantic Nursery Trades Show) in Baltimore in January, where our excellent slug & snail repellent Slug Gone was making its first appearance in the USA.
Slug Gone is being imported and distributed by Fertil USA, who were being represented by William Evans at the show. William has been extremely impressed with the outstanding results obtained from Slug Gone, and is receiving the first container load in Pennsylvania next week.
Feedback from visitors to the show has been extremely positive as this product is unique in the US market where there is an increasing concern over pesticide use to remove pests.
Slug Gone will also be on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March 2014.
For the South African leg of the IRB Sevens Rugby World Series taking place at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Supaturf Colours paints were used to create a stunning tapestry of 3D signs on the pitch. Three-D Signs Ltd designed and created the superb signage which is clearly visible in the photo below.
Vitax Amenity and sister division Supaturf, have announced that they will sponsor the IOG Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year at the IOG Awards due to take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Thursday, December 5th.
The award is designed to recognise the unsung heroes of the groundscare industry – the volunteers who give up their spare time to maintain and improve sports pitches and playing surfaces.
Mike King, UK Sales Manager for Vitax Amenity and Supaturf said they were particularly pleased to be sponsoring this category. “Many smaller clubs rely on the dedication and expertise of volunteers to make sure they have a decent playing surface every week. Without their work of these a lot of teams would have great difficulty taking to the field every week. They are genuinely deserving of recognition,” he said. “Our sponsorship of the award is a part of our continuing support for the grass roots level in UK sport.”
Vitax Amenity supplies a comprehensive range of turf care products ranging from a choice of specialist turf fertilisers, through water management products and bio-stimulants to powerful and effective turf herbicides. Ranges of sprayers and spreaders complement the turf treatments. Sister division Supaturf is a world leader in the supply of line marking machinery and specialised marking liquids.
“Our ranges have been developed for, and are used at, every level in sport, from international stadia right through to the local pitches maintained by the volunteer groundsmen who will be honoured by the award,” added Mike King.
For more information about the awards visit www.iogawards.com
The latest developments from Vitax Amenity and Supaturf will be on show at the Futurescape event to be held at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey on Tuesday, 19th November.
“We exhibited at Futurescape last year and found it an extremely worthwhile experience,” said Mike King, Sales Manager. “Last year’s event was extremely well targeted , very lively and the quality of the visitors was excellent.
“We’re looking forward to meeting them all again in November.”