ATN introducing scissors

05 January 2010

A sneak preview of components of ATN's new scissor entering the spray booth.

A sneak preview of components of ATN's new scissor entering the spray booth.

Following its policy of designing heavy duty, rental specification machines, French manufacturer ATN will soon be adding a scissor lift to its vertical mast lifts and articulated boom Zebra platform.

At a visit to ATN at the end of last year Access International saw some of the first components of the new scissor which may be shown at this year's Bauma exhibition.

Founder and shareholder of ATN, Daniel Duclos is at pains to point out that ATN is a completely independent company from Acces Industrie - the rental company of which he is president - but does admit his vision is responsible for the company's business model.

ATN, headed up by Didier Bufferand aims to design machines with a working life of upwards of ten years of heavy duty use. The machines must be robust, easy to maintain and simple and inexpensive to repair - the most appropriate technical solution may not be the least expensive, but the goal is to produce machines that are cheap to own in the long term.

The company advocates that rental companies that only care about price may not be attracted to its products. "Maybe we won't work with everybody, but with those that understand our philosophy....We don't need big volumes at the moment our target is to be ready at the end of the crisis."

In the next five years ATN hopes to be ramping up production of its vertical masts, Zebras and scissors to around 2000 units a year.

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