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Sunny, successful SED!

The 36th annual SED (Site Equipment Demonstration) ended on a high, in the blazing sunshine of our hottest day this year.

Over three days (May 14-16), 19,791 visitors headed for Milton Keynes, beating last year’s four-day show by 3,091 attendees. They were treated to new attractions including the Site Clearance Zone, Concrete Show and The Truck Zone. Traditionally though, one of the most popular parts of the show was the colourful Cranes & Access village.
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More visitors than ever before

Although some industry players such as Demag, Kato and Grove were not there this year, impressive stands from the likes of Spierings, Liebherr, Terex, Genie, Liftlux, Ruthmann, Blue Line Access and Tadano Faun displayed an array of cranes and platforms, the booms of which guided visitors to the showground from miles away. Also present was the Vertikal Press, publisher of Cranes & Access, which welcomed numerous readers and associates to its stand in the heart of the Cranes & Access village.
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Visitors to our stand included Andy and Jo Anna Campbell seen with Editor Rosie Gordon (left)

The next issue of Cranes & Access (which is a sponsor of the Cranes & Access Village) will feature a full report of the various launches, news and transactions that took place during the exhibition. The general impression from the various crane or access equipment exhibitors is that the quality of visitors was good and a surprisingly high number of sales took place.
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One of the surprises at the show was a Kobelco City Crane bought by JD Thomas of Sussex

Every two years, coinciding with SED, the Vertikal Press organises the ‘Crane Dinner’. This year’s event was sponsored by Terex, Liebherr and Tadano Faun, as well as Michelin, which donated a crane tyre as a raffle prize and brought along its famous mascot, Bibendum, otherwise known as the ‘Michelin Man’. The other major prize was a trip to Paris from Intermat 2003, and all the sponsors provided models, toys and caps. Proceeds from the raffle provided the Lighthouse Club with a gift of over £1000.
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Roy Wren (left) played toastmaster to the Cranes Dinner 2002 - Brendan Ainscough was the lucky winner of a Michelin crane tyre

The dinner took place at Woburn Safari Park and was attended by many well known faces from the crane industry, three of whom were honoured by Lifetime Achievement Awards on the night. Ainscough Crane Hire sponsored the awards, which were presented to Frederich Baer of Liebherr for his contribution to the mobile crane industry, Ivor Kiddle of Quinto for his work in establishing industry associations and Peter Oram, for his promotion of the importance of safety in the crane industry.