This article is part of our series of coverage from 2023's Confor Woodland Show. A full feature is in October's edition of the magazine, and we'll have lots more content across our channels. 

WHEN it came to reaching new heights, Independent Access Sales (IAS) stand had you covered. 

It had brought along a wide range of MEWPs, including its number-one-selling machine, the 18-metre R180, and director Richard Martin was delighted by how many visitors had shown an interest in the product. 

“The quality of the potential customers we have had on the stand has been one of the best this year,” he said. “Whether it’s the market or the industry, they know what they want and what they are talking about. 

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“We find both foresters and arborists are using these products, increasingly so. It’s a really expanding industry.” 

Elsewhere, IAS was showing off its new truck-mounted Socage 24D for the first time, which is capable of extending to a working height of 24 metres. 

“Socage has a fabulous array of machines,” Richard added. “The 24D has a complete inline jacking system. So with one button, you jack your machine up.” 

Walking in to the showground, you couldn’t help but notice the CPL offering – and what an offering it was. As well as its better-known products, it used the show as an opportunity to introduce its DINOlift brand to a wider audience, having recently added the Finnish firm to its lineup. 

Forestry Journal: CPL’s Bevin Lloyd.CPL’s Bevin Lloyd. (Image: FJ/Jack Haugh)

“DINOlift has a range of products that are mainly for arborists and rentals,” said sector specialist Bevin Lloyd. “They are great because they can get into tight spaces and different terrains, including muddy terrain.”