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25 April 2008

The UK's SED construction equipment exhibition moves to a new location this year. IC reviews what wi

The UK's SED construction equipment exhibition moves to a new location this year. IC reviews what will be on show in Corby

After many years at Fen Farm in Milton Keynes, the UK's largest construction equipment show moves to a new home this year and celebrates its 40th anniversary. The 120 acre site at Rockingham Performance Park in Corby includes a new UK£55 million (US$96 million) business centre, and as with previous SED shows, the site is split into six industry zones.

The Cranes & Access Village is traditionally one of the busier sections of the show, with dealers and distributors often giving new cranes their first appearance on UK soil.

This year, Hitachi Sumitomo distributor, NRC Cranes, will give the UK debut to the SCX 800 HD-2 crawler crane. NRC says it has designed and installed a system that allows the crane to remove its own counterweight and will demonstrate this throughout the show.

Other highlights in the Cranes & Access Village include the 22SP range of articulating loader cranes on the Autogru PM stand. The Italian manufacturer also plans to show some new accessories for its cranes, details of which were unavailable asIC went to press.

Tower crane specialist Vanson Cranes is using SED 2006 to celebrate 25 years in business and will exhibit models from its range of top slewing tower cranes and self erectors. The largest pedestrian operated crane on the Vanson stand will be the new VC42, which has a lifting capacity of 1 tonne at 41.8 m.

Hiab will show a selection from its range of articulating loader cranes, as well as the new XS Drive remote controller. Also on the Hiab stand will be models from the Moffet range of truck mounted forklifts.

Dutch manufacturer of mobile folding cranes, Spierings, will show a range of models. These cranes, with UK rental company City Lifting, which has a fleet of them, have become a regular feature at SED shows over recent years.

Mantis Cranes, which claims to be the only manufacturer of self erecting tower cranes outside mainland Europe, will exhibit from its product range.

Dunham Crane Hire Ltd, a rental company exhibiting at SED for the first time, will exhibit self erecting models from FB Gru following a recent agreement to sell and rent the Italian manufacturer's cranes in the UK. •

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