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.