Seven booths at Intermat have been found to be exhibiting machines that are not compliant with EU legislation, after inspections by experts from CISMA (the French association of manufacturers of construction equipment and material handling technology).

Before the Paris, France, show opened, around 45 booths were checked by a delegation including CISMA experts, a representative from CECE (Committee for European Construction Equipment), a Paris court bailiff and a representative of Intermat’s organisers, Comexposium.

Eric Lepine, president of CECE, said, “During the inspection, CECE and CISMA explained to the companies the reasons why the machines they were exhibiting could not legally be sold in the EU market.

“Some companies agreed to indicate on the machines their lack of compliance with the relevant EU legislation."

He said this attitude to the situation was really appreciated.

Renaud Buronfosse, director of CISMA, said, “We noticed an important improvement compared to the previous issue of Intermat. At that time, 2012, we found many more cases of non-compliant machines at the fair, at least 30% more.”

However, he felt that much more effort should be made to ensure the machines were not placed on the European market.

The official court bailiff appointed by the court in the Paris jurisdiction took note of the compliance failures verified during the tour, and will compile a report to be sent to the relevant French ministry.

Lepine said, “At European level, we are campaigning in favour of an improvement of the current legislation on market surveillance of products, since we would like to stop unfair competition occurring from placing illegal products on the market.

“This is why we regret the current deadlock at the European Council level, and we hope that Member States will come soon to an agreement.”

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