Ready for Paris?

24 April 2008

Fraco's new FRS 1500 mast climbing work platform can be towed by car or truck.

Fraco's new FRS 1500 mast climbing work platform can be towed by car or truck.

Fifteen hundred exhibitors will congregate at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre for the triennial Intermat construction trade show from 24 to 29 April. A diverse group of access manufacturers are part of the gathering, and the show is the scene for product launches from companies including Bison Palfinger, Fraco, Genie, Haulotte, Hinowa, JLG and Manitou. Possibly launching, too, is Bronto Skylift, which told AI that it is “trying very hard to bring something genuinely big“ to Paris - that could be the 100m+ machine currently being finalised.

The Intermat organisers are placing greater emphasis than ever before on safe working at height and have granted The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) the status as &special area' at the show (Outdoor Area 9, Aisle E, Stand 010). The organisation takes its biggest ever stand at Intermat, 1000 m2, and will have a demonstration area designed “to make people really think about working at height safely,” says IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman. The live shows “will be a crowd stopper, promising great fun”, and they will feature Oliver Fabre, the French/Swiss world high diving record holder.

Non-powered access also gets in on the educational act, with the French scaffolding, formwork and shoring association (SFECE) promoting scaffolding training initiatives in support of new European Union and French national regulations on erecting, dismantling and using scaffolding (Hall 5A, Aisle C, Stand 19).

Product-wise, visitors can expect to see some of the new machines launched at the recent ARA Rental Show - although not (at the time of writing) the new Skyjack booms or scissors, since the Canadian manufacturer has decided not to exhibit. Even so, there will be a lot of interest in Paris. French manufacturer Haulotte uses the show to exhibit many of the new machines launched in the last five months, but pride of place goes to the never-before-seen 43 m working height telescopic boom, the H 43 TPX. The self-propelled machine joins the 41 m articulated boom model introduced last year at APEX. The French company is launching as well 16 m and 20 m working height telescopic, truck-mounted platforms that bracket the 18 m working height unit also first seen at APEX.

Other truck-mounts will have rolled onto Bison Palfinger's stand. Its PA 20 T, which is designed for a 3.5 tonne chassis, has a working height of 20 m and an 11 to15 m maximum outreach. Beside it will be the TKA 47 KS, which has a telescopic jib boom and a maximum outreach of 35 m.

Genie Industries, meanwhile, will have one of the GS 3268RT scissors featuring the new drive system (see scissor feature, this issue) and may also have on show the new HC (High Capacity) S-60 boom (see News).

Tallest of scissors at the show is likely to be one of JLG's expanding range of Liftlux scissors, acquired from Manitowoc in 2004. Visitors could well see the massive 32 m platform height model - one of the largest scissors in the world - although JLG could not guarantee it. They will guarantee a 26 m model if the 32 m doesn't make it.

Filling a market need for lower floor and ground loadings, meanwhile, is JLG's new, lightweight (750 kg) version of the 6 m platform height Toucan self-propelled, vertical mast machine, built in France. Another innovation for Europe is a new version of the T500J trailer mount featuring for the first time a &drive and set' feature, offering automatic outrigger levelling.

Manitou's product line expansions include new, compact &C' versions and bigger &L' versions of its 12 and 15 m, electric powered, Maniaccess range of articulating, self-propelled platforms. Another addition to the electric range is its first 17 m working height electric model, the 170 AETJ L, which has a maximum outreach of 9.4 m.

A crawler will launch at Intermat, too. Italy's Hinowa ratchets its line up to 19.5 m working height with the Lightlift 19.65. The machine weighs 2000 kg and has stowed dimensions of 760 mm (w) by 2100 mm (h).

Mast climbers will not be in abundance at Intermat. Alimak Hek is absent, for example, although the presence of Fraco, Safi and Alba is good news. Canadian manufacturer Fraco will make space on the show floor for its latest light - duty, compact, road-towable FRS-1500 platform. The single-mast unit has a capacity of 680 kg, a lifting speed of 4.2 m/min and a maximum platform length of 8.5 m.

Our April-May issue will carry a full guide to the access exhibitors, describing what every access company plans to show. As ever, trying to get around every exhibitor at Intermat is likely to be an exhausting (and impossible?) task. If it all gets too much, we offer some advice: try visiting the Haulotte stand, where you will find - alongside some equipment - a massage and relaxation area offering “Zen music and exotic cocktails”.

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