Vertikal Days is moving to Castle Donington for the 2018 event, a new site with more space and facilities to cope with the additional companies looking to exhibit. The two day event will take place on May 16th and 17th at Donington Park – one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. Donington Park hosts numerous national and international events, as well as a wide variety of exhibitions, shows and other music concerts. It is certainly well equipped for what promises to be the largest Vertikal Days so far.
This year’s event look set to be the launch pad for several new product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies.
From the crane industry, the newly established Böcker UK will debut its new 12 tonne AK52-1200 aluminium truck crane, which the company says will be the world’s strongest aluminium boomed crane on a 26 tonne chassis. Kranlyft meanwhile will launch the German built Klaas range of aluminium cranes in the UK, the first time that the ‘other’ German aluminium crane producer will be exhibited in the UK. Liebherr will introduce its new Rough Terrain crane to the UK market, with the 90 tonne LRT 1090-2.1. Spierings will demonstrate its all new three axle hybrid City Boy, seven tonne SK597-AT3 mobile self-erecting tower crane. Tadano will highlight its latest All Terrain crane, the three axle 60 tonne ATF 60G-3.
Moving on to powered access, US based aerial lift supplier GMG, which had its global launch at Vertikal Days last year, promises to unveil a number of radical new products along with the 10 metre VM26-J mast boom and all new 15ft 1530-ED micro scissor, which weighs just 860kg. It will also demonstrate its new radar based overhead protection system for scissor lifts. Promax Access will unveil the new 30 metre Platform Basket Spider 30T, which it claims is the world’s narrowest 30 metre spider lift at 890mm wide. From China, Lingong Group Jinan Heavy Machinery (LGMG) makes it Vertikal Days and UK debut, with the 15ft SS0507, 19ft AS0607E and 26ft AS0808E slab electric scissor lifts. From Italy, Comet will launch the highly unusual Xiraffe 4×4 ultra compact articulated boom lift range, ideal for forestry and other off road applications, as well as the Solar truck mounted platforms.
Hinowa will launch the 33 metre Lightlift 33.17 Performance IIIS spider lift, a radical departure for the world’s largest spider lift manufacturer, with its twin telescopic booms and articulated jib with a range of 180 degrees. Snorkel is planning a major display, not only showing its own new products, including the UK debut of the new 16ft TM16E mast type lift, but it will also be its first outing since becoming a distributor for the Bluelift spider lift range. Genie will highlight its expanded range of accessories, including the Fall Arrest Bar allowing workers to exit the platform and remain safely harnessed to its boom lifts. Niftylift will show its all new 60ft hybrid telescopic boom lift, its new HR21 Hybrid Mark III articulated boom lift, and its all new 33ft lithium ion battery powered HR12E. Ruthmann is hoping to have its new 90 metre truck mount on display, while ATN promises a brand new machine that will extend its product range. Finally, JCB will launch its new Lithium battery powered scissors and says that it will also introduce the next new model in its new access range.
Moving on to telehandlers, Magni, and its new direct sale operation Magni UK, will launch the world’s largest 360 degree telehandler at the show, the 46 metre/six tonne RTH 6.46 SH. This will be joined by the 5,000kg/25 metre RTH 5.25 Smart SH and the 10 tonne/10 metre HTH 10.10 heavy duty, high capacity telehandler. JCB will show its new 4,000kg/18 metre 540-180 and will have a 17 metre/4,000kg 540-170 on CW Plant stand. Other telehandlers will be shown by JLG, Genie and possibly Snorkel.
The Marketplace Pavilion
For new technology, services, software suppliers and lifting gear, a visit to the Marketplace Pavilion is essential with its central café, serving complimentary tea, coffee and pastries all day, while providing a good location for off-stand meetings and networking. Point of Rental will demonstrate its Syrinx Workshop and Inspection apps, while French electronics manufacturer AMCS will show its tower crane anti collision devices and other innovations.
Industry associations are well represented with the CPA and IPAF – which will hold safety demonstrations and display a range of its members products. Speaking of demonstrations, SpanSet will host a ‘rescue and evacuation from an aerial work platform’ display, with a platform supplied by Nationwide Platforms.
A key aspect of Vertikal Days is the ability for visitors and exhibitors to ‘network’ with their peers, as everyone on site is certain to share the same interests. There will also be a number of seminars and workshops held over the two days, including My Future My Choice, which aims to inspire children to work within the engineering and lifting industry sectors. Lunch and all refreshments are as usual included, with lunch provided each day from 12:30 – 14:30 in the Catering Pavilion. Visitors and exhibitors can enjoy a free-range hog roast, a barbecue and a sandwich bar. As usual, parking is free, and hotel rooms within a five mile radius are plentiful, with good connections to the venue.
The venue is located next door to East Midlands Airport, and close to major towns of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, while Birmingham is just under 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.
Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP
Wednesday 16th May 10am to 5.30pm and Thursday 17th May 10am to 4.30pm