APEX looms large with record-breaking numbers
By Euan Youdale11 December 2013
APEX 2014 will break records for exhibitor numbers and space when it is held at the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre in the Netherlands, 24-26 June next year.
More than 100 exhibitors from across the world, including China, have already confirmed their stand space for the show. It will feature a 5600 net square metre inside exhibition area and a 4600 net square metre outside area - double the size of the outside area at the last APEX show, held at MECC Maastricht in 2011.
“We can already say that APEX 2014 will be the biggest international access industry fair anywhere in the world,” said Tony Kenter, managing director of organiser Industrial Promotions International (IPI).
“Amsterdam is becoming the new capital of the access industry, and is the perfect international setting thanks to its cosmopolitan flair. APEX is the showcase for all companies in the international access industry, and it will be the world’s largest ever access exhibition in 2014 – the figures clearly show APEX is the leading fair for this industry. Whatever visitors will be looking for, they will find it at APEX,” Mr Kenter added.
All previous seven shows – the first was in 1996 – have been held in Maastricht in mid-September. The new June dates mean that the show will be held well before the onset of summer holidays.
In addition, the switch to June will allow APEX to be held concurrently with the International Rental Exhibition (IRE) and the European Rental Association (ERA) annual convention, which will also take place at Amsterdam RAI.
“The three-day event serves as an important platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and for shaping the industry’s future,” said an APEX spokesman. “Visitors from all over the world will have an opportunity to discuss and share their views on timely industry topics and trends, exchange expertise and experience, view state-of-the-art technology and innovation, and to stimulate further research of technical and business activities.”
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the official supporter of the show. KHL Group and Access International magazine are official sponsors of the event.
Exhibitors so far include: Genie, Manitou, JLG, Comet, Skyjack, Holland Lift, MEC, Socage, Riwal, Easy Lift, Imer, Merlo, Teupen, TVH, ATN, Ruthmann/Time International, Bronto, Palfinger, Multitel Pagliero, CMC, Dinolift and Omme Lift/Kors.
APEX and IRE will be held in adjoining halls at the exhibition centre, with visitors to APEX having free access to IRE, and vice versa. APEX will benefit from increased visitors numbers from both the ERA convention and IRE, which attract many of Europe’s biggest rental companies.
The complete exhibitors list can be found at www.apexshow.com