APEX's return to Maastricht

The access equipment show APEX returned to our calendars earlier this month after an absence of six years, at the same time it returned to Maastricht some 12 years after it made the move to Amsterdam.

In terms of exhibitors the show was exceptional with most major manufactures present and most of them spending heavily on very elaborate and impressive stands. It was also notable in the large number of manufacturers that most of us have never heard of, largely minor Chinese companies testing the European waters, many of whom we are unlikely to hear of again.

The show was a little quiet in terms of visitors particularly on the first and last days, with a stronger turnout on Wednesday - the middle day. Part of the reason for the apparent quietness might the sheer number of exhibitions occurring in the first half of this year, with a well attended IPAF Summit in Berlin and Vertikal Days held in the preceding weeks, JDL in France coming a couple of weeks later and Platformers Days in Germany scheduled for early September, not to mention the fact that the Thursday was a public holiday on Germany.

In spite of this many exhibitors reported having had a good show and were very happy to be back in Maastricht. The European Rental Association also held its annual conference during the show which was well attended.

The following are just a few photographs from the event, they do not represent an all encompassing overview, but will hopefully provide a taste of the exhibition for those who were unable to attend. Finally, we must apologise for the delay in publishing this review - another casualty of the event overload this quarter.
AlpLift has the distribution rights for the Navigator push around scissor range for Europe outside of the UK

The Almac stand and the new 1,500kg 1.5FX all electric transporter

(L-R) Andrea Artoni, Oana Samoila and Jonathan Vioni of Almac

The Axolift stand

Ernst van Hek (L) and Gert de Boon on the Axolift booth

On the Bronto stand - (L-R) Martin Wagner and Harry McArdle of Height for Hire with Susa Närhi and Ian James of Bronto

The Bravi stand

CFMG claims to be one of China’s top 10 aerial lift manufacturers

The CMC stand

Dingli outside with a big scissor for Boels

Inside the Teupen designed 139ft Dingli BT44ERT

The EasyLift stand

The Falcon spider lift stand


Faresin’s all electric and diesel telehandlers

From China Fronteq

Spider lift and tracked boom lift manufacturer Goman

The Gravity Joe device for supporting heavy hand tools while drilling

Installed on a scissor lift platform

The GSR stand with the 24m 240PX articulated truck mount

Haulotte broke with tradition and had no machines at the show

but it did have an impressive wrap around visual/virtual display

On the back of which it posted its sustainability plans and objectives

Chinese company Heli making its Apex debut

Another Chinese unknown in the shape of Hered

Dutch crawler boom lift manufacturer Hyrax and the ATE27.12 electric on 3.5t trailer

Along with a regular model

New spider lift manufacturer I-Lift
See New spider lift entrant
The Imer stand

Another new name, this time from Italy – ItaLift which offers badged scissors, booms and mast booms

The JCB stand

Jekko had a very substantial crane display for an access show

JLG focused on its low level products

New Klubb recruit Eric Baudart

The Klubb stand with all electric models

LGMG packed as usual

Liugong with booms and scissors

Including this 16ft LSC0507 DEM

Genie had a substantial and very well manned stand

The other side

Magni showed both telehandlers and aerial lifts

The Makinex material handling device

The all electric version of Manitou’s MT625 compact telehandler

On the Mantall stand a 20ft tracked scissor lift – the XE 80CT

A Valla pick & carry crane nestled on the Oil & Steel stand

Holland Lift's heavy duty industrial battery pack

The Oil & Steel stand

New machines on the way

MCS rental software

Merlo’s all electric eWorker compact telehandler

The Multitel stand

(The neat and all new 17m Multitel MXE 170 lift, on a gas powered Piaggio Porter NP6 chassis) See: New city centre Multitel
The Nagano E09AC boom lift has a working height of 8.8m
See First CE Nagano 09AC delivered
The Niftylift stand

The Omme lift 1500 trailer lift

Another new name, this time from Turkey Onder lift

The surprisingly large Comet stand

Palazzani, which says its new 58m spider lift should be ready to deliver later this year

Palfinger’s new P250BK eDrive is now in production
See: Palfinger eDrive enters production
A pick up mounted Palfinger

Hinowa with a token JLG

The Platform Basket stand

With its new Heron mast boom product
See: Platform Basket mast boom
The outside area with the 31m Bluelift spider lift

Ruthmann’s compact 23m T230XS

A team of Ruthmann employees cycled from the factory in Germany

(L-R) Uwe Strotmann and Remy Doyen of Ruthmann with Marcel Joly of Joly Location and Stefan Linnemann of Ruthmann confirm the first order for the new 100m Ruthmann T1000 HF
See 100 metre Ruthmann
A new Sany STH1440 14m/4,000kg European style telehandler

The Skyjack stand

Discussing the new Sinoboom VM04E 12ft mast type lift
See 200 Sinobooms for Liftab
Smartlift glass handling equipment, all but the largest model are now oil free

The Snorkel stand

Unic spider cranes

The Socage truck mount and Raptor spider lift stand

Trackunit telematics

Top Turkish manufacturer ELS

The Vertikal Stand with Nicole Engesser

Winlet glass handling robots/manipulators

Zoomlion booms and scissors

The men from Loadax outrigger mats – Thierry Bourse and Johan Staelens