It was mostly tower cranes in the limelight at the Intermat show in Paris last month. ICST reports
A total of 173,300 visitors attended the Intermat show in Paris, France, in late April, with the organisers claiming that it was held “amid clear signs of economic recovery and in a distinctively business-conducive climate”.
Visitor numbers were slightly down on the 183,000 at the previous 2015 event, but this year’s total was achieved in spite of industrial action which affected France for several days during the week of the show. Of the total visitor numbers, show organiser Comexposium said that 30 percent were from 160 countries outside France.
Intermat organiser Comexposium described it as a “lively and vibrant event, confirming the growth perspectives of a sector driven by innovation and which has set its sights firmly on the future”.
In terms of the 1,400 exhibitors, while some were notable by their absence, the overall balance among the cranes was a leaning towards tower cranes. This might have be expected as France is traditionally a strong market for this type of crane and several major projects requiring large numbers of tower cranes are underway, including the Grand Paris project and, a little further ahead, the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The next Intermat will be in 2021. In the meantime the following is a pictorial review of some of the highlights from this year’s show….