Make plans for Intermat

The Intermat trade show in Paris is set to be one of the highlights of the construction machinery sector’s calendar for 2018. Intermat 2018 takes place over six days, from 23rd to 28th April, at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in the French capital.

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More than 180,000 visitors are expected to attend to see what novelties and innovations the 1,500 exhibitors are presenting that are designed to make life easier and/or more profitable for construction industry enterprises of all kinds.

If you have not made your travel arrangement yet, or organised your accommodation, now is the time to get on with it.

One of the key themes of Intermat 2018 is smart construction and digital technology. Four distinct ‘villages’ are being created on the exhibition showground to highlight innovations of different sectors. The Smart Road Village will showcase firms offering sensors, detectors and intelligent transport systems. The Building Smart Village will showcase automation and robotic technology in construction and the use of digital tools on site.

For the first time, start-up companies are getting their own zone and this Construction Tech 100% Start-up Village is sure to offer visitors a glimpse of future possibilities.

Finally, there is the Demolition & Recycling Village, which is self-explanatory.

Each of these four zones will host a series of talks and round table discussions on the topic of digital technology for professionals to share their views and experiences.

Intermat is held every three years, on a cycle with the Las Vegas Conexpo and the original Bauma fair in Munich. The last Intermat, in 2015, saw it link up with World of Concrete Europe for the first time and this is being repeated for 2018, adding to the lure of both events.

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While some big-name manufacturers will be absent from Intermat 2018 – including Caterpillar, JCB and Terex – there will be plenty of others from around the world to justify a visit.

Komatsu is promising to showcase several new models and perform live demonstrations of its technology. Kobelco, having just recently merged its crane division with its construction machinery business, will have 17 machines, including at least one crane and one demolition machine.

We can expect more details from these and other exhibitors as the date of the event grows nearer.

The first big name to break cover with firm details of what it will send to Paris is Liebherr, including its new series of Stereoloaders and the A 914 Litronic wheeled excavator.  The 35-tonne R 936 Compact crawler excavator will also be on display for the first time in France. Liebherr is also unveiling a revamped version of its 172 EC-B 8 Litronic flat-top tower crane. The jib has been extended by 2.5 metres to 62.5 metres. The maximum load bearing capacity remains 8000 kg but it now lifts 1800 kg at jib-end. The new flat-top crane will be shown on the new 16 EC tower system alongside the LiUP internal crane driver elevator.

Of course, Intermat always has one other big attraction that helps to encourage visitors to attend – the city of Paris itself, which is always worth visiting.

For more details on Intermat, see https://paris-en.intermatconstruction.com.

Steve Rhine

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