The mast climbing sector was one of the hardest hit during the economic crises, but now it is clawing its way back. Euan Youdale reports.
There is hope on the horizon for beleaguered mast climbing manufacturers, but the path to growth holds some obstacles. As Mike Pitt, owner at US-based mast climbing services company Mastclimbers LLC, attests manufacturers of mast climbers saw dramatic reductions in sales. “This has forced them to cut back and as the market breaks the existing manufacturers will be overloaded with baggage and probably slow to react. It is an ideal time for new players to enter the market, probably from China or other countries.”
For renovation work specifically, Mr Benetton believes smaller products will find more potential sales than the higher capacity models. “Every country has different needs, but my personal opinion is there will be more possibilities for smaller machines.” He says the ideal specification for renovation work will be a 1 m wide deck with extensions up to 2 m, and a maximum length of 25 m. “For maximum capacity I would recommend 1000 or 1500 Kg. Of course there will be space for big machines too for lots of other reasons.