Genie strengthens its position in the Middle East

Committed to the needs of customers in the Middle East, Terex AWP has opened new distribution centre in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, located on the premises of third-party logistics providers Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WWS). The new facility is entirely dedicated to Genie branded aerial access equipment and will hold a broad selection of boom lifts and scissor lifts to be able to provide quick response to customers’ critical business requirements.

Sharbel Kordahi, Managing Director, Terex Equipment Middle East (TEME), and Genie Sales Director for Middle East, South Africa, Russia and CIS, Terex AWP, says: “The market is evolving, and our customers have been finding that they are increasingly challenged by orders for projects that demand delivery at short notice. Addressing the need to ensure fast deliveries to better support our customers’ urgent requests, this new facility will help respond more quickly, getting them the equipment they need, when they need it. Customers can also rest assured that this will not change their existing order process.”

The new Genie distribution centre will also handle pre-delivery inspections (PDI) and the fitting of certain options.

Tailor-made training and maintenance by Genie

A fleet of articulating and telescopic rough terrain Genie GS scissor lifts, S, Z and also Xtra Capacity (XC) boom lifts, owned by Kinross Tasiast Company and operated by its subsidiary Tasiast Mauritania Limited S.A., are assisting in work at height applications at one of the largest gold mines in Africa, located in the Inchiri region of north-west Mauritania. Tasiast utilizes its Genie units on a daily basis for the maintenance of the mine’s processing plant, heavy equipment and power distribution lines, as well as for construction projects onsite. To keep them safe and running smoothly, the company turned to Genie for technical training and a Genie Service Solutions (GSS) Preventative Maintenance contract, that involves in-depth inspections and operational health checks performed on a twice-yearly basis. The training to date has included three weeks of instructor- led training, backed by lessons followed via the Genie Tech Pro eLearning website.

Mohamed, MEM Training and Development Superintendent, said: “In terms of training, the Genie eLearning platform is an efficient, flexible solution that offers access to a wide range of topics. Our technicians have already completed more than fifty different on-line modules that have enabled them to acquire solid, theoretical foundations. Onsite, the quality of the training provided by David Petitjean, Genie Technical Services Manager, North & Central Africa, was highly appreciated by our team. We are already seeing a significant improvement in their maintenance skills that is leading to increasing the uptime and the performance of our Genie fleet.”

Haulotte welcomes 3 new distributors in Africa

Sterling Access in South Africa, Promatex OI on Reunion Island and Pie Tnufa in Israel are the three new authorized distributors of the Haulotte Group for the Africa zone. These new partnerships will provide better quality of service at the local level, both in terms of safety and productivity. The three companies are equipped with large workshops to carry out diagnostics, repairs and on-site maintenance operations. Since June, all employees of the 3 distributors have benefited from comprehensive training on Haulotte products as well as the latest technological innovations. “They will soon be experts in operating and maintaining Haulotte’s aerial equipment. They will be able to advise customers to ensure an optimized utilization rate of the machines,” says Ahmed Errouissi, Service Leader at Haulotte Africa.

Photo: Sterling Access team during the product training session in Witbank.

Instant UpRight launches range of low-level powered access platforms

Irish scaffold tower manufacturer Instant UpRight is launching a range of low-level electric-powered access platforms. This machine range, dedicated to the European and Asian markets, is produced in conjunction with a Chinese manufacturing partner. Instant UpRight’s new range includes the 6m MX1330 push-around scissor lift, 6.4m MX1430 self-propelled electric mini scissor lift, 7.8m MX1930 self-propelled electric lift, 10m X2632 self-propelled electric scissor lift and the 12m ML3330 push-around mast lift.

Joe Oxley, Group Managing Director for Instant UpRight said: “Initial interest in the new machine range has been high and we have already delivered the first few units which are out working and showing great results. The company is no stranger to the AWP market and there is still a strong brand awareness present – the return of Instant UpRight blue machines presents us with an exciting challenge which is welcomed by the whole IU team.”

The company will introduce the new line from July and will be supplied from its recently opened European warehouse and distribution hub located in Venlo, the Netherlands.

Vertikal Days opens its doors !

The Vertikal Days opens its doors at the Donington Park in the East Midlands, one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. This two day event, which takes place on May 15th and 16th, gathers the biggest actors of lifting, handling and access platforms. A number of new products made their way over from Bauma in Munich to be shown for the first time in the UK. Visitors can be prepared for several product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies. We wish a very successful edition to our colleagues from Vertikal !

World’s first 43m fully electric JLG boomlift sold

The rental company of aerial work platforms Riwal, exclusive distributor of JLG manufacturer in the Netherlands, converts diesel boom lifts to 100% electric thanks to its expert technical team led by Nico den Ouden, International Technical Consultant of the group. On June 15th, celebrating its 50th anniversary, Riwal formalized the sale of the first 43m fully electric JLG 1350SP boom lift to the Danish company Steiness Liftcenter ApS, also specialized in AWP rental. This transaction, which is world premiere in this boom lift category, is part of the Riwal’s project to extend its fully electric models fleet because it’s « a sustainable alternative to diesel powered machines while maintaining all of its features », as pointed out by CEO Norty Turner. The JLG 1350SJP, with 24m horizontal outreach, can be used inside and outside and its noise level is below 70 Dba.

(Caption from left to right : Poul Steiness, Steiness owner and Jesper Becker, Riwal Equipment Sales Manager Nordics)

43 m Palazzani spider lift at London’s most famous courthouse

For the building maintenance of the recently completed 20 Old Bailey project in London, England, one Palazzani spider lift XTJ 43, in crawler version and Bi-energy (Diesel+AC) power execution, entered in action. Thanks to the possibility to become a spider crane with 500 kg hydraulic winch, it is used in total versatility for aerial working and material lifting. With its working height of 43 meters and 8520 mm length, this machine can operate both outdoor and indoor, and enter the narrow doors and corridors of this building. 20 Old Bailey is the England and London’s most famous courthouse, which has been completely reorganised and enlarged to 235,000 sq. ft of designed office space.

Palazzani takes part in the construction of one of the world’s biggest commercial mall

In the northwest suburbs of Tehran, Iran, the first Palazzani Spider lift took a part in the construction of the Iran Mall. The machine Ragno TSJ 35, that was recently supplied in crawler version and ECO (Diesel+AC) power option, already operates inside a specific location of the shopping mall, called Car Show. The machine, all-electric, operates indoor with zero emission for the finishing of the special glass roof covering this site and will be used for the cleaning and maintenance operations afterwards. With ten thousand workers and two billion dollars spent only to build the load-bearing walls, the Iran Mall, hosting as many as 1000 shops, 2 hotels, cinemas, a fairground, offices, a cultural center and sport complexes including an ice-skating rink, will be one of the world’s biggest commercial mall, two and a half times the one in Dubai.

The first 32 meters high Palazzani XTJ 32/C ECO spider with lithium batteries delivered in Italy

In Italy, the Deca S.r.l company, specialized among others in rental equipment for green areas maintenance with public and private companies, just owned a Palazzani access platform of 32 meters high, the XTJ 32/C ECO spider, which is the first one powered with lithium batteries. Delivered in the Lazio region in Italy, this investment has been made thanks to the official dealer of the Italian manufacturer, N.G Air S.r.l, and done for two reasons. According to the Technical Manager of D.E.C.A Emilio Campoli, batteries make the XTJ 32/C ECO « unique and innovative on the market ». The ECO mode ensures a functioning mode « completely electric, without diesel engine, with zero emissions in the air ». The after-sale service is also an argument because thanks to the « Lift Service, with whom I have been collaborating for at least 20 years, I am sure I get a sharp and effective support service », explained the Technical Manager.

A Palazzani spider at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo

A spider access platform from Palazzani is currently working in the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction, located between the pyramids and Cairo. The machine, 22,5 meters high and with 10 meters outreach, has been configured in crawler version and in ECO mode. The main asset of the Ragno TZX 225 is its ability to operate at any floor in the museum. Indeed, its extremely light weight up to 2,5 tons and the stowed dimensions allow to move easily, including entering elevators. On a 24 000 square meters area, the spider is powered plugged by electricity or by battery.