DAF will be joining in with John Owen Aggregates' 50th anniversary celebrations – featuring a gold Euro 6 construction (N3G) CF 400 FAD sleeper-cab eight-wheeler on loan from the Sheffield-based operator.
Outside, John Owen Aggregates will also exhibit a Day Cabbed derivative of DAF Trucks' CF 400 FAD, again with a 400bhp Paccar MX-11 engine, and part of an initial delivery of three eight-wheelers announced in February.
The new, lightweight Euro 6, 10.8-litre, MX-11 saves 180kg from its MX-13 stablemate, and, following changes to the front suspension, a further 100kg off the 8x4 FAD chassis.
Moving on to IMS, the distributor intends to show the VSE lightweight electronic trailer steering system – launched last year to help longer trailers manoeuvre into and out of tight spots – and the latest updates from axle manufacturer SAF Holland.
Priden Engineering will be demonstrating the VSE system, which is available for one to three steered axles wth axle loads from five to 16 tonnes and can be fitted to trailers with 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 inch rims and single and double tyres.
As for SAF Holland, visitors can expect to see: the SAF Intradisc plus Integral with CD custom design nine-tonne air suspension system, aimed at trucks having to negotiate difficult terrains.
Features include: a two-piece disc guaranteed not to crack for three years or 500,000km; reconfigured shock absorbers; and redesigned suspension arm linkage, claimed to result in a maintenance-free unit.
Then Hyva says it will launch the UK's lightest tipping gear for 32 tonnes aggregates industry operations at this year's Tip-Ex.
Its Alpha Aggregates FCA129 cylinder has an average weight (including brackets) of 430kg – claimed to be around 20kg lighter than competitor equipment, and leading to Hyva suggesting that operators could transport 25 tonnes extra per year (assuming five tips a day).
Visitors can also see the new FCA129 mounted on an 8x4 tipper with a PPG alloy body belonging to the Brett Group of Canterbury.
And completing the line-up, Hyva will also show its second major product introduction – a skiploader operated by full remote control. Dubbed TRR (Titan Radio Remote) this system is claimed to offer speedier and safer loading and unloading of containers from the skiploader deck.
Incidentally, expect to see a MAN 8x4 with Hyva FC137 tipping cylinder on a heavy-duty steel Loadmaster body on Thompsons' stand – as built for MAN's 'Trucks to Go' programme.