APEX 2008 Promises to be the Biggest Ever Held


APEX 2008 is almost already fully booked. The show ­ which will take place in MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 17-19, 2008 ­ is the largest dedicated powered access exhibition and conference in the world, supported by the leading industry body International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Access International magazine.

Early bookings for the event, which will see over 100 of the world's most important access manufacturers attend, reflect the buoyant global access market and in particular the demand for aerial platforms from Europe's fast growing equipment rental sector.

Rental companies buy as much as 80% of all aerial platforms and the rental sector is expanding quickly in Europe, with growth last year of 8% and the prospect of continued growth for the next few years. Access rental is already well-established in western Europe but is now spreading eastwards and south-eastwards in the region, as well as in other developing areas such as Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Tony Kenter, managing director of Industrial Promotions International (IPI), which is organizing the show, said; "This is the sixth APEX show and it has been the fastest selling ever. The global access market is on a high ­ particularly in Europe ­ and next year's event promises to be the busiest and most successful we have had." The 2008 show will share many of the features of previous events, including a free conference program and keynote speech.

Aerial platforms on show at APEX will comprise a wide spectrum of powered and non-powered access equipment, including self-propelled booms, scissor lifts, truck and van-mounted aerials, trailer mounted units, access towers and specialist underbridge inspection platforms.

Source: B.V. Industrial Promotions International

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