In May 2003, all of the post-Intermat talk was that international public opinion had turned against Intermat, and toward Chinese shows such as Bauma China (this November), or Conexpo Asia (last month). Yet more than 200,000 visitors came to Paris, with the most of the major international manufacturers. Notable absences include Tadano-Faun and Spierings.

A crane accident can cause death and destruction on a frightening scale.  That makes comments made by Jeff York, president of US-based operator assistance company Signal-Rite, LLC, even more concerning. He believes there could be devastating consequences if formal verbal communication directives are not introduced to the industry.