Access industry prepares for largest APEX ever


The 6th APEX aerial platform exhibition is fully booked, with over 110 companies already confirmed and others waiting on a shortlist.

Exhibitors will include big names like Genie, JLG, Haulotte, Aichi, Manitou, UpRight Powered Access and others, joined by companies new to the European access industry, including Hanix from Japan and other producers including Beijing Jingcheng Heavy Industry from China.

Exhibitors will show everything from self-propelled booms and scissors to vertical mast machines, mast climbing work platforms, truck mounted platforms, as well as ancillary equipment and services, such as used equipment and machine tracking systems.

APEX will take place in Maastricht, The Netherlands on September 17-19, 2008 and is supported by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and by Access International magazine.

An added attraction at previous APEX events has been the APEX Conference, and the 2008 show will be no exception. This conference will take place on the first morning of the exhibition (September 17) in a conference room inside the exhibition hall. This event is free to entry for visitors of the APEX show.

The APEX Keynote speaker is Ken McDougall, president of Skyjack, who opens the exhibition with an address on the global aerial platform market.

Other topics of the conference will include:

  • Changes in European Aerial Platform Standards;
  • The use of telematics in aerial platforms;
  • IPAF's new campaign to promote careers in the access industry;
  • Hybrid power system in the access industry.

In addition to the APEX free conference, the annual Europlatform access rental conference will be held in Maastricht on the day before APEX (September 16), at the Grand Hotel de l'Empereur. This conference is jointly organised by Access International and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). The theme of the conference is 'The access rental company of the future'.

Beijing Jingcheng Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. is a Chinese access platforms manufacturer who will introduce their 32 m self-propelled boom lift and 10 m self-propelled scissor lift to the European market. "It is the first time we exhibit at an European exhibition", says Yu Furong, manager of International trade department of Beijing Jingcheng Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. "APEX is the most professional exhibition regarding access equipment, and we hope to meet more people from Europe who are specialized in access platforms to expand our network of dealers and distributors."

"It is important for us to be present at the most important exhibition in Europe! All the main telehandler manufactures will be there and we think is a great chance for us to show our wide range of products", says Stefano Frigo, Export Area manager of Faresin, Italy. "We strongly hope our participation will help to improve our market network and hopefully to find new partners but also to meet our dealers and customers." At APEX, Faresin is going to show the 6.25 Wallaby, the smallest telescopic handlers on the market and the 18.45 Storm, a rotating machine.

Beside that, they will present news about their after sales services and improvements within their company since they merged with Faresin Agri Division.

"The most important rental companies worldwide will visit the APEX which is the main reason JCB participates", says Gregor Grootjans, sales manager Zuid at J.C. Bamford NV Zuid, The Netherlands. JCB will show their new models telescopic handlers JCB 535-125 and 535-140 HiViz and the JCB Teletruk.

Visitors can pre-register for free entrance to the APEX exhibition via the show's website

Source: BV Industrial Promotions International

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