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APEX aerial platform exhibition and conference

APEX2005 : 10 June, 2004  (New Product)
Apex 2005
The timing of the next , to be held again in MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands on 22-24 September 2005, will be perfect to capitalise on the recovering European and global access market.

After three years of low sales, rental companies - who are the main buyers of powered access equipment - are now starting to reinvest to replace older equipment or to expand their fleets. Rental companies in the US have already started to invest heavily - expenditure is forecast to increase by 30% this year alone - and most manufacturers are expecting the European market to follow next year.

Pierre Saubot, chairman of Pinguely-Haulotte and president of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), said IPAF would work together with the APEX organisers to ensure a good show for both exhibitors and visitors, and he is optimistic about the exhibition: 'The worldwide market for access equipment has many good reasons to show strong signs of improvement in 2005, so I think we will have a very good APEX.'

In addition to reinvestment by Europe's existing rental companies, APEX will also provide a timely meeting place for the growing number of rental companies in the new European Union countries in central and eastern Europe, an access market that is still very immature.

The show will also take place little over a year after the introduction of the new European Temporary Work at Height Directive, which requires employers and self-employed workers to carry out a risk assessment before carrying out work at height. The Directive was due to be enacted in national law throughout the European Union on 19 July and is likely to lead to a tightening up on the standard of the equipment used to work at height. It will also provide a further incentive to use dedicated access equipment such as aerial platforms.
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