Canada-based Skyjack showed an articulating boom, vertical mast lift and scissor at APEX Asia, Oct. 23-26 in Shanghai, China. It was the second APEX Asia to be held and exhibitor space doubled from the inaugural event in 2017.
“The market in China was first populated with machines required for major projects such as power stations and petrochemical plants where safety is paramount and for major structures such as those required for the Beijing Olympics. The market is starting to mature, so professional delivery of rental is important,” said Simon Cracknell, sales, operations and market development director for Skyjack Asia. “The increased number of Chinese manufacturers focusing on MEWPs proves that point, but it’s important for rental companies to consider global safety standards as well as proven manufacturing track records when selecting an OEM to equip a fleet.”
Compact and conventional scissor lifts dominate most Chinese rental fleets, Skyjack said, followed closely by vertical masts and a growing presence of booms. To reflect this, Skyjack showcased its SJ16 vertical mast lift, SJ63 AJ articulating boom lift and SJIII 3219 scissor lift.
“Our SJ63 AJ changed the game in terms of up-and-over reach and we used it as a baseline when designing our SJ85 AJ,” Cracknell said. “The SJ63 AJ also really speaks to our designed for rental philosophy as it encompasses a number of our trademarked items like Easydrive, Speedyreach, Skyriser and Axledrive.”
“A few years ago we saw a growing need for access equipment in the South Korean market, so we responded by providing dedicated service support staff back in 2013,” Cracknell explained. “From there we slowly grew the sales and service team and now have an official facility in Sangnok-gu, just south of Seoul. We [were] excited to have some of that team with us at APEX Asia this year.”
APEX Asia was held within CeMAT Asia, with free movement of visitors between the two shows. CeMAT Asia is Asia’s largest trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management and attracts more than 98,000 visitors. Many of these are buyers and users of aerial platforms in the factory and industrial maintenance sector.
The show is organized by KHL Group and B.V. Industrial Promotions International (IPI), in cooperation with Deutsche Messe AG, the organiser of CeMAT Asia. Also partners in the event are KHL Group and Access International magazine, with IPAF as the official association partner.