Innovationstage number five

The fifth Innovationstage für Höhenzugangstechnik was held in Hohenroda, Germany last week.
The following is a brief, and sometimes irreverant overview of the event in which manufacturers or distributors are only supposed to bring along one machine that truly represents their latest technology. As you will see the rules are a tad flexible it seems.
The Manitou and Cela displays

Sinoboom‘s 72ft AB22 EJ Plus

The green ones - Unic’s battery powered spider crane next to Niftylift

Team Ruthmann: (L-R) Bernd Wiesmann, Stephan Gebken, Ludger Rensing and Christian Ross

At the event - held in the centre of Germany previously the home to Platformers Days - networking was clearly the focus. According to the organisers Andreas Möller and Yama Saha, all of the allocated stands were sold. This led to a what our local correspondent says was a “somewhat paradoxical situation, a full house, but not much going on. There were no queues at the visitor entrance, so there is certainly still room for improvement for this young industry event.”
The Magni Telehandler stand

Haulotte‘s Compact 10 slab electric scissor lift with Skyjack’s 60ft SJ60AJ+ to the rear

Genie showed the 19ft GS-1932m micro scissor and 45ft S-45 XC telescopic boom with the four metre basket

The combined teams from Genie and its dealers BSI and ATG Lift
In the spirit of this spring’s unusual weather patterns, it was a chilly event in spite of the sun coming out from midday onwards. Again the words of our correspondent: “You could get a sunburn and freeze your buttocks off on the same day. In the afternoon it got surprisingly shady and frosty in the upper outdoor area.”
The upper outdoor area - with truck mounted lifts from Ruthmann and Palfinger

While most of the people we spoke with bemoaned low visitor numbers, they talked quality and the chance to meet old friends etc… with plenty of time to meet and chat. A few quietly spoke of it being a ‘System Lift event’ (the German association of regional rental companies) that was clearly not the case, with a diverse spread of high quality visitors from across the industry.
JLG and Power Towers

As with Platformers Days the Hessenhalle was employed…

With everything from glass handlers to electric telehandlers

Magni and CMC’s indoor displays

In total around 50 brands were represented. In addition to the large established manufacturers such as Snorkel, Genie, Haulotte, JLG, Manitou, Merlo, Multitel, Niftylift, Palfinger, Ruthmann and Skyjack, a number of smaller, more specialised manufacturers were represented, including Comet, Faresin, Hyrax, Liftroller and Omega with tracked Super deck scissor lifts.
The Omega 505TS 10.5 metre scissor lift with six metre long platform and 500kg platform capacity

The 34ft Hyrax 27.12 tracked boom lift

CMC displayed its 13 metre S13F and the 23 metre S23 with lithium power.
The CMC team: (L-R) Andre Gerdes, Dieter Roters and Fotios Savvas

The Jekko SPX 328

Sahalift was there with its brands and machines Aichi, Airo, Almac and Ommelift, JCB with its small 514-40 telehandler and the larger 17.5 meter 514-180 model.
The Merlo stand with Omme dealer Sahalift behind

(A closer look at the Sahalift display

Fresh from manning the Bravi stand at Vertikal Days Pierino Bravi was in Germany to present the latest attachment for his Leonardo lifts - the ‘Small-E’, step up type platform attachment which extends the platform height by 670mm to entering through false ceiling panels.
Pierino Bravi and Marta Flanc from Bravi Platforms

The Bravi Small-E attachment

And what of Chinese suppliers? Although XCMG and Zoomlion did not attend, Dingli/Magni, Sinoboom and LGMG were all present.
Carsten Sacher and the new 43ft LGMG A13JE-Li

Kunze with ELS scissor lifts Platform Basket spider lifts and a BG Gru M250 Li-Ion crane with glass handling attachment

The 14.7 metre Oil&Steel Snake 147 pick up mount

And the next Innovationstage event? It will be held on the 19th and 20th of June next year - so perhaps less of a chilling experience for our roving reporter.
Innovationstage 2023 at night