17 October 2018

Industry Focus: Access Equipment

Capturing Sky-high Prospects


Aerial work platforms, involving boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers, etc., are seeing tremendous traction on the back of fast paced industrialisation and urbanisation. For companies, newer growth horizons such as telecom and agriculture are awaiting to expand and increase their share in this ever-growing and ever-evolving space. It will be interesting to see as to how these companies can leverage technology to the best of their capabilities and grab major share of the pie reports Prerna Sharma.


The global aerial work platforms (AWP) market is projected to increase at a CAGR of 6.5 per cent, reaching a market value of $15.3 bn by the end of the forecast period (2016-2026), states a recent report. With the global construction industry getting more sophisticated and mechanised, the use of AWP is expected to grow throughout the world. Stringent safety and labour laws will further push the demand globally and subsequently drive the global aerial work platforms market significantly.


The market for aerial work platforms has been segmented into boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical mast lifts, and others that include personal portable lift and low-level access platforms. The market for scissor lifts has been further classified into telescopic and articulated boom lifts. As far as applications are concerned, they mainly cater to the construction & maintenance, industrial, telecommunication & utility, and others that include agriculture, fire & emergency, and media & entertainments applications.


Talking about cranes & hoist, theyare segmented into mobile cranes and fixed cranes. By the basis of operations, theyare classified into hydraulic, electric, and hybrid. Based on type, the hoists market has been segmented into wire rope, roller load chain, welded link load chain, and others. On the basis of operations, the hoists market has been classified into pneumatic (air), electric, and hydraulic. Applications industries include aerospace and defense, automotive & railway, mining, construction, marine, shipping & material handling, energy & power, and others.




Growth in the construction industry, stringent labour laws and government regulations, and strict adherence to human safety concerns are some of the factors driving the growth of the global AWP market. These factors are expected to influence and upsurge the demand for AWP over the forecast period. Furthermore, simple and attractive equipment financing options and a diversified product portfolio offered by manufacturers while meeting the customised demands of AWP buyers is expected to play a crucial role in global AWP market growth. Further, a rising demand for AWP from the telecommunication and electrical lines maintenance business vertical is another factor fuelling the growth of the global AWP market through 2026. However, high capital and maintenance costs of AWP machines and lack of machine specific training to operators are some factors that are likely to pose challenges to market growth.


A noticeable trend in the global AWP market indicates a growing inclination of end users towards renting aerial work platforms rather than owning one. AWP rental companies are directing their efforts on training operators and are projecting this as a unique selling point for their business. Leading rental companies are also opting for fleet diversification by increasing the use of very high AWP systems and using self-propelled equipment with advanced and customised telematics.






Haulotte India Is a 100% subsidiary of Haulotte Group France and is one of the largest Full Range Manufacturer of Aerial Work Platforms in the world and in India Haulotte is a leading brand in term of new machine sold in the country. Haulotte offers three ranges: Compact; High lift; Heavy load capacity. Haulotte telehandlers are designed to minimise user fatigue through well-designed and effective ergonomics. The Haulotte vertical mast boom is the ideal platform for difficult-to-reach places. Telescopic masts climb directly to a working height of 6 to 10m (low range of rotation). It is intended mainly for maintenance work and warehouse inventories, the vertical mast boom references can be used both outdoors and indoors, where their white tyres do not leave marks and respect all types of floor surface.


With truck access platforms from Palfinger Cranes India,  offers the most innovative lifting solutions at the highest technological level. Palfinger access platforms make an impression with their safe and reliable height access technology that is of outstanding quality. Palfinger is the only manufacturer worldwide to offer both non-insulated and insulated platforms reaching working heights of between 10 m and 103 m for chassis weighing between 3.5 t and 60 t. These access platforms are thus optimally adjusted to the relevant working range. The most important industries include: leasing and rental business, local authorities, landscaping/gardening, energy supply and the cleaning of structures, buildings and large machines as well as the maintenance and repair of wind turbines.


Genie® AWP™ Super Series aerial work platforms are an industry favourite due to their ease of use, convenience and flexibility. Their lightweight maneuverability and durable design make them a versatile option for a wide variety of rental, light-duty construction and maintenance applications. Its features include user-friendly ground and platform controls with auxiliary platform lowering; dual activated up/down switch; quick set-up and simple to operate, with LED lights confirm proper set-up; easily rolls through standard doorways, Tilt back frame for the 36 & 40 ft machine.


Additionally, telescopic booms offer greater horizontal outreach than any other type of aerial platform — perfect for areas with limited access in construction and industrial applications. Genie® telescopic S™-booms are also designed for productivity with the traction and drive speed you need to get around the job site and to the work area. Genie Super Boom models with horizontal outreach are among the industry’s best. They are ideal for areas with limited access in construction and industrial applications. They have minimal tail swing for maneuvering in tight spaces and are designed for productivity with the traction and drive speed you need. They have a self-leveling platform, 160° hydraulic platform rotation as well as proportional joystick controls.


Designed for use on demanding work sites, the MT-X 1440 A from Manitou is the ideal telescopic handler for use on building sites. Capable of lifting loads up to 14 m in height, it can also be equipped with a platform basket for roofing or siding work. The number of compatible attachments available and the Easy Connect System (ECS) make this one versatile machine and make swapping out attachments child’s play. A robust little unit, it comes equipped with a low frame steel door which reduces the risk of breakage. Cylinders and hoses are also protected by structural design for improved longevity.Whether in lifting capacity or height, engine power, longer battery autonomy or drawbar full, Manitou handling equipment shows it is the fruit of the labours of our various development departments.


If you spend long hours working in front of the controls of a handling machine, then you know how the simple matter of adjusting your seat, controls or even your posture can be crucial in the long run. Manitou has endeavored to accommodate all shapes and sizes in often-times extreme working conditions with its designs. Whether this is in the form of anti-shock seats, adjustable controls, options such as air con/heating or even more sophisticated models such as pressured driver’s cabs for dusty environments, they have standardised and optional solutions for each of your needs. The main benefit this offers is the assurance that you can stack and store loads at certain heights and then upgrade your capacity in this regard as business growth requires. An increased lifting height also allows you to save ground space and handle higher-placed or bulky items.


The JCB 530-70 Loadall is a versatile and compact Telehandler engineered to move any material quickly and safely. The 530-70 Telescopic Handler heaps and stacks with 12 feet maximum reach on 7 metre machines and is fuel efficient to reduce recurring costs. With an unmatched range of attachments, this Telehandler is the most versatile machine ever and is the world's toughest.The JCB 530-70 Loadall is a telehandler that’s designed to meet the challenges of any site head-on. Its compact dimension, unrivalled and quick maneuverability, unparalleled build quality and great operator comfort are all part of this compact machine. It can take on the most confined spaces, all terrain surfaces and heaviest workloads.


Simple Engineering Solutions for over 2 decades has been developing and delivering top class Access equipments. The company offers a wide range, right from simple Abseiling Unit(Spiderman Kit), to fully motorized/automated BMU (Building Maintenance Unit), Façade Cleaning System, Façade Access System, Customised AWP (Aerial Work Platforms), Passenger & Material Hoist, Snap fit Aluminium Scaffold, Permanent Access System, Rope Suspended Platform, Mast Climbers, Access for Skylights/Atrium.Applications are in the various sectors like, Façade Cleaning /Maintenance/Installation, High Rise Towers, High Rise Structures, Malls, IT Parks, Construction Industry, Dams/Bridges, Elevator Industry, Power/Process Plants, Wind Turbines .Capacity ranges from 100 Kgs to 2000 Kgs, depending upon the product and its applications. The company has recently  successfully commissioned Two of  its new products, One of them is, Emergency Rescue Device, also known as Mechanised Ascending Descending, this is being deployed as Permanent Access Equipment, for High Rise Towers in case of Fire or other Emergencies for evacuation purpose. Another one is Facade Cleaning Robot (In association with Fat Cat Robotics - Pune), which caters to Automated Façade Cleaning.


Access Platform Equipment Ltd., (AEPL) rents equipment such as mast climbers, construction & material hoists, boomlifts and scissor lifts in India. Through tie-ups with the best-of-class vendors in the world, APEL delivers service & solutions for construction, projects, & maintenance related work. One of their most valued vendors Scanclimber, offers CENTUM SC10000 to Indian customers, which is a robust lifting machine with a rack and pinion driven work platform. It has the strongest drive unit in the product family of MCWP's. Two 5.5 kW motors lift softly the platform with the lifting speed of 7 m / min to the required working height. Centum is an ideal choice for the heavy duty façade works and for projects requiring an extra-large platform size at demanding heights.


The maximum loading capacity as a single mast arrangement is 6000 kg at a platform length of 4,1 m. The single mast configuration gives a maximum platform length of 20 m and a payload capacity of slightly over 1700 kg. The Centum’s twin mast version capacity can exceed a whopping 10000 kg at a platform length of 15,8 m. When using a twin mast configuration, the platform length can safely reach up to a 48.6 m, at which the loading limit is still 1500 kg. When anchored with standard parts at constant intervals, the mast can reach up to a height of 150 m. Special anchoring allows even higher heights by request.


Boom lift is an essential element of professional equipment when you need to work at heights safely. Construction, cleaning and painting are the most common industries that require boom lifts in order perform different tasks. Mtandt group offers wheeled Mast Boom Lifts. These electric Operated Mast Boom Lifts are the access machine of choice for light maintenance work. In narrow spaces, or where there is a tight turning area, working past obstacle, these elevated work platforms are the ideal piece of access equipment, offering speed and ultimate maneuverability. So, if you need to quickly zip around sites like shopping centres, high rises or hospitals, its super compact, easy-to-drive one man Mast Boom Lift will have those small, but tricky access jobs – like changing light bulbs or touching up paint – completed in no time.


On the job site, days are measured by productivity. This ultimately means that you need equipment that stands up to the day’s demands. JLG® engine powered articulating boom lifts give you the extra reach you need to work over and around obstacles on the job site. They offer exceptional outreach, high capacity, versatile performance and easy maintenance. Larger work envelopes provide you with access to those hard-to-reach places. Its 340AJboom lift comes with enhanced features such as lower cost of ownership, environmentally-friendly Tier 4 diesel engine, industry-leading terrainability, etc. the steel hoods provide added durability.


The lift is ideal for general contractors, steel erectors, painters, stadium construction and more.


Manlifts provides reliable boom lifts for rent from well-known brands, which mainly includes JLG and Genie. Manlift rental provide different shapes and sizes in boom lifts in order to meet the requirements of customers. The articulating boom lifts are used to reach above and beyond as there are more than one joints in the boom sections, so it provides more potential outreach with great deal of safety. Manlift provides both electric boom lifts and diesel boom lifts for rent. The electric boom lifts are used to work indoor such as malls, warehouses or factories as most indoor areas followed zero emission standards whereas diesel boom lift is more suitable for outdoor tasks and can be deployed easily in rough areas with great deal of flexibility.





The global aerial work platforms (AWP) market is estimated to be valued at $15.3 bn by the end of 2026, increasing at a CAGR of 6.5 per cent during the forecast period. North America is slated to dominate the global AWP market with a 48.3 per cent market revenue share, valued at $3.9 bn by the end of 2016. In terms of revenue, this region is anticipated to account for 45.5 per cent revenue share of the overall AWP market by the end of the forecast period, expanding at a CAGR of 5.9 per cent.


The North America and Western Europe markets are collectively estimated to account for over two-thirds of the global market share by the end of 2016. Sales revenue in the APEJ market is poised to increase at the fastest CAGR of 11.7 per cent between 2016 and 2026. China is expected to lead overall market growth in this region.




Fast facts

  • The Global Aerial Work Platform Truck Market to grow with a CAGR of 7.5 per cent over the period of 2017-2023
  • The analysts forecast the global boom lifts market to grow at a CAGR of 18.22 per cent during the period 2017-2021.



“Our R&D team is working relentlessly to incorporate the best safety features in our machines so as to make them safe as well as give optimum performance to the user’s needs. One of the recent technological advancements we have introduced in our diesel boom lifts is the Entrapment Prevention System, ACTIV' Shield© Bar. This is a secondary guarding system that ensures safety of the worker in an entrapment situation. The system once activated allows on reverse and down function of the machine thus preventing further danger to the worker. The system unlike some of our competitors offerings can be reset from the platform itself, thus saving both time and money.”

Souma Ray, Director, Haulotte India




“Safety & Ease of operation, plays a very important role, right from concept till the project is handed over. Clients/ End users operations & maintenance team is involved during the various stages of projects to impart knowledge about safety features and about safe work practice. As a responsible vendor, we provide class room training, as well as on site training programmes ”

Siraj Dalvi, Managing Director, Simple Engineering Solutions




“Construction elevator of KYB-Conmat has a number of safety features, one of which is the safety device that ensures that even in a complete failure of the drive the cage will not fall down.A mechanical, spring loaded safety brake is a standard feature in all KYB-Conmat elevator models. It improves the safety and reliability of the elevator in everyday use. The safety brake is well protected from dirt and dust, which is practically maintenance free”

Sailaj Verma, Senior VP- Sales, KYB-Conmat India




Zero height Scissor Lift for Truck Loading Applications
Challenge: Nandan GSE was approached by a Raigad based paint manufacturing company for loading of the boxes & cartoons into trucks. They were concerned about the health effects on loaders and wanted to make it user friendly in terms of loading & unloading solutions.
Solution: Nandan understood the exact need of the customer and gave them a perfect suitable solution of Wheel Mounted Zero Height Scissor Lift, which are used for the loading of trucks in the premises. The minimum height of just about 50mm ensures ease of loading. It can also be designed to be robust enough for carrying a forklift onto the container. Nandan’s Zero Height Lift is designed to lift products to an ergonomic working position, reducing operator bending. Products can be loaded & unloaded with the use of a wide range of available material handling equipment including standard hand pallet truck & forklift.
The whole system was designed and manufactured in safe and ergonomic way and this equipment had all the safety parameter to meet the customer compliance (Environment & Health).
Maximum Height
Platform Dimension
Power Source
2000 kg
1800 mm
3000/1950 mm
Hydraulic Operated


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