Special Report | Vertikal Days

Special Report | Vertikal Days

Vertikal Days returns to Castle Donington this year and promises a number of exciting product launches for the UK.

The two day event will take place on May 15th and 16th at the infamous Donington Park in the East Midlands – one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. Throughout the year the venue hosts a great amount of national and international events, as well as a wide variety of exhibitions, shows and other music concerts. Hosting the largest Vertikal Days yet will be another key date in its calendar.

A number of new products will be making their way over from Bauma in Munich, so Vertikal Days will be the first time a lot of new products will be shown in the UK. Be prepared for several product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies.

If you’re looking for cranes, Liebherr says it will have a few surprises up its sleeve, alongside the UK’s first 230 tonne LTM 1230-5.1 and the debut of its 100 tonne LTR 1100 telescopic crawler crane with a Stage V diesel. Spierings will show the first production version of the three axle SK487-AT3 City Boy hybrid mobile self-erecting tower crane. Alfa Access Services has recently been appointed as the UK distributor for Italian mini crane manufacturer BG Lift/Brenerro Gru and will show the lightweight 580kg capacity M060, 2.5 tonne M250 spider crane and 14.5 tonne CWE 525 tracked loader crane. Jekko spider cranes will be found on the JT Cranes stand and will include the UK launch of the lithium powered SPX532. First time exhibitor Foster Cranes – now the Hoeflon distributor – will show a range of Hoeflon cranes including the UK launch of the eight tonne lithium powered C30 compact spider crane.

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Manitou will highlight the prototype of an all-new electric powered boom lift, as well as the nine metre 90 V’Air mast boom designed specifically for two operators carrying out aircraft maintenance. Skyjack will launch its all new Rough Terrain diesel scissor lift range, with platform heights of up to 63ft and capacities up to 1,245kg. It will also show its revamped 40ft SJ4740 narrow aisle slab electric scissor lift alongside a number of boom lifts. Italian tracked platform manufacturer Almac will show its new 33ft Jibbi 1250 Evo telescopic boom lift, while Klubb’s UK affiliate CPL promises to launch three new innovative products as well as a range of zero emission aerial lifts.

Dingli will launch the new 65ft JCPT2223RTA Rough Terrain diesel scissor lift, alongside slab electric scissors ranging from the 12ft JCPT0607DCS to the recently upgraded 45ft JCPT1612DCB. Genie will highlight its all-new 13ft GS-1330m electric micro scissor lift, alongside its latest generation of ‘green’ aerial work platforms, potentially some new battery powered boom lifts, and its Xtra Capacity (XC) telescopic boom lift range. LGMG will bring its 46ft A14J articulated boom lift as well as its slab electric scissor lifts including the 12ft SS0407E and the 15ft SS0507E. Promax Access will use the show to launch a new 20 metre Platform Basket spider lift, while French manufacturer ATN – now owned by Fassi – will show its new 12.65 metre Piaf 13RE mast boom. Finally, APS will bring the new 32.5 metre Hinowa 33.17 featuring lithium ion battery pack.

For telehandler enthusiasts, Magni will show the new high capacity eight tonne RTH 8.25 SH 360 degree telehandler, which can handle 5.3 tonnes at its maximum forward reach of 25 metres. UK rental company GT Lifting will exhibit telehandlers from Magni and Merlo while JCB will bring the 4,000kg/18 metre 540-180 with platform attachment.

The Marketplace Pavilion
The Marketplace Pavilion will feature a number of new exhibitors related to the crane, access and telehandler industries including safety equipment, software, components and more. There will also be complimentary tea, coffee and pastries served all day. As for some of the product launches in there, Load Monitoring Systems will show its new combination load cell kits, while Unitex UK will show its new range of Glow flat slings.

Ancillary products and services
The outside area will also include a large number of ancillary products and services including replacement parts and service suppliers TVH and IPS, plus new exhibitors including Ferrari International UK dealer PCM Transport and Handling Equipment and safety equipment company Xenith Heights. There will also be plenty of lifting gear on display around the show by exhibitors including FLG Services, Lifting Gear UK and Carl Stahl Evita.

As usual, the CPA and IPAF will be at Vertikal Days and will host seminars, meetings and workshops throughout the event. The CPA team will be on hand to discuss the release of new crane safety guidance for use of cranes beside railways, while IPAF’s safety campaign will address the increase in accidents while operating an aerial work platform alongside or on roadways.

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Networking opportunities
Visitors and exhibitors have plenty of time to network with each other, as everyone on site shares the same interests. There will also be a number of seminars and workshops held, including My Future My Choice, which aims to inspire children to work within the engineering and lifting industry sectors. Lunch and all refreshments are included, with lunch provided each day from 12:30 – 14:30 in the Catering Pavilion. Catering will include a freerange hog roast, alongside the barbecue and a sandwich bar. Hotel rooms within a five mile radius are plentiful, but it is recommended you book as early as possible if you are looking to stay over, particularly on the Wednesday evening.

The venue is located next door to East Midlands Airport, and close to major towns of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, while Birmingham is less than an hour away. The site is located just off the M1 junction 23a northbound or junction 24 southbound and can be accessed from the nearby A50 and A42 roads.

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