First APEX Asia to be held in 2017


  • Asian version of established APEX access equipment show parallel to CeMAT ASIA 2017 in Shanghai on 31 October – 3 November.
  • European APEX will continue at its Amsterdam home; next edition from 2 to 4 May 2017.
  • KHL Group and B.V. Industrial Promotions International (IPI), in cooperation with Deutsche Messe AG, are launching an Asian version of their popular APEX aerial platform exhibition.

The first APEX Asia is scheduled for 31 Oct – 3 Nov 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, to be held parallel with CeMAT ASIA. APEX Asia is an offshoot of the established European APEX, which runs next from 2 to 4 May 2017 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre in the Netherlands.
China and Asia are among the fastest growing aerial platform markets in the world. APEX Asia will be the showcase for manufacturers and dealers to promote modern access equipment to buyers and users across the entire continent. APEX Asia is co-located with CeMAT ASIA – Asia’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management – giving APEX exhibitors access to CeMAT ASIA’s 70,000 visitors. APEX Asia will be located in Hall W5 at CeMAT ASIA with free movement of visitors between the two shows.
“APEX is an established and well-liked show on the access industry calendar, but with the Chinese and Asian market developing fast it is clear that this region would benefit from a local show dedicated to access equipment”, said Tony Kenter, Managing Director of IPI.
“Since the first APEX in 1996, the fair has played an important role in promoting the access industry and creating a true access community. APEX Asia will bring these same benefits to the Asian market, promoting modern access equipment and developing a mature access industry.

Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Messe (left), with James King, Managing Director, KHL Group.
Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Messe (left), with James King,
Managing Director, KHL Group.
“Co-locating with CeMAT is an enormous benefit for APEX Asia. We are taking advantage of established links between the material handling and aerial platform sectors in China, where many early adopters of access come from the industrial truck sector. APEX Asia will expose aerial platforms to an enormous audience of current and potential buyers.”
Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Messe AG, said; “Since its premiere in 2000, CeMAT ASIA has become Asia’s leading intralogistics trade fair. Together with the co-located events PTC ASIA, Comvac ASIA and Industrial Supply ASIA, we have achieved growth in exhibitor and visitor numbers every year. In 2015, more than 2,200 companies exhibited on an area of 155,500 square meters. With APEX Asia we welcome an event that perfectly fits into our existing portfolio and offers visitors even more attractions.”
Access International, the KHL Group magazine, and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), are APEX Asia supporters.
Tim Whiteman, Managing Director and CEO of IPAF, said; “IPAF’s growing membership in Asia is firmly behind this exciting new development.”
Alongside APEX Asia and CeMAT ASIA, KHL will stage its International Rental Conference (IRC), an annual event for the equipment rental sector that KHL has held in China since 2013. The conference is organized by KHL publication International Rental News (IRN).
IRC attracts audiences of up to 300 people for presentations from such companies as United Rentals, Loxam, Nikken, Coates Hire, Hertz Equipment Rental Co and HSS Hire. Staging the conference alongside APEX Asia and CeMAT ASIA will ensure ensure a core audience of Asia’s most important access rental managers and owners.