Platforms return to Hohenroda

This week the third Innovationstage der Höhenzugangstechnik event was held in Hohenroda, Germany.

The event, which ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, brings aerial work platforms back to the Hessen Hotel Park, the traditional venue for Platformers' Days, which will be held at an all new venue in Karlsruhe this September - see: Events section.
OK it’s certainly no Platformers' Days, but good to see the return of such an event

The much smaller, even more informal Innovationstage – Innovations Days – was first held in 2018 and is now the first event for lifting equipment in Germany since the last one in 2019.

Around 40 exhibitors attended the event with their latest machines or services. Clearly a Platformers' Days it is not, however it could well grow over the next few years, depending on how well Platformers' Days does at its new venue.
The central area - dominated by Skyjack and JLG

Most exhibitors restricted their outdoor displays to a single machine, while some had a second unit in the hall. Admission to the showground was restricted to those from the 3-G group - recovered, fully vaccinated or with a recent negative test.
The upper area with Palfinger, Merlo, Airo, Böcker and AlmaCrawler

In the outside area life seemed almost normal, with palpable joy expressed at long awaited reunions, although a good few were initially apprehensive over whether to hug, shake hands or do a 'Corona' fist bump. In most cases, the uncertainty ended with a friendly handshake, just like the good old days. Inside it was a different picture, with everyone wearing a mask, thanks to a security official at the door reminding everyone that masks were compulsory indoors. People reacted good naturedly, only too happy to get together and meet up again.
Inside masks were compulsory – Vertimac with the new Nagano boom lift and JCB with its new telehandler

Signed up exhibitors included ABC Finance, Ahern/Snorkel, Aichi, Airo, Skyjack, AlmaCrawler, Arbeitsbühnen/Imer, ATN, Axolift, Becker, Bocker, CMC, Gognid, Facelift, Genie, HAB, Haulotte, Hematec, JCB, JLG, Junghanns, KLB Leasing, Merlo, Morneweg, Palfinger, Niftylift, Oil&Steel, Ommelift, Rothlehner, Ruthmann, Sinoboom, Stapler Welt, Targo Bank, Unic, Uplifter, Vertimac, Versalift, Wienold.

The following is a brief photographic tour of the event:
A Maeda MC285C spider crane
The outside bar
The Airo stand
A Multitel truck mount
Haulotte’s new Sigma boom
Imer’s X8 with lateral slide out extension
Sinoboom’s 4647E
Snorkel and Hematec
JLG’s new DaVinci RE1932
Niftylift 120T trailer lift
A CMC lithium spider lift
A Ruthmann-Bluelift spider lift
The main Niftylift display
ATN’s Piaf 13RE mast boom
The Snorkel SR626E full electric telehandler
Tim Whiteman of Sinoboom Europe with the company’s latest articulated boom lift
Ruthmann’s new 30m T300XS
Palfinger’s 30m P300
The new Genie S-60J telescopic boom lift
Nagano’s Z11 Auj telescopic boom with big platform


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