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500 Stagemaker Chain Hoists for Olympic Opening Ceremony

The organisers selected the Stagemaker SM10 chain hoists to produce the scenic effects by lifting the lighting and the sound equipment during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing in the National Olympic Stadium. The main challenge was to deliver 400 motors and their 15km of chains in six weeks. The contract, including more than 500 units, is the result of Verlinde's substantial involvement in Asia for many years.

More than 400 SM10.1004m1-A hoists will support 200 truss sections of about 10m length. Each section is moved by two motors equipped with 45m chains. 140 sections will support intelligent luminaries and approximately 50 will support a speaker cluster. Another 100 hoists will be used at various places in the complex and at other Olympic venue's.

Verlinde is established in Asia through distributors and, year after year, has developed locally. The contract for the Olympic Games marks a decisive step in the development of the Stagemaker range in Asia, after the contract for more than 450 chain hoists was won for the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia. An important factor in the decision was the impressive Stagemaker product presentation in The Great Hall of the People located at the Tiananmen Square, in June 2007, organised by dealer GIAE - Beijing, for Olympic officials and other VIP's from the Chinese entertainment and theatrical scene.

"We are particularly proud of this contract which gives concrete expression to all our efforts on the spot, in the image of the demonstrations given in the Great Hall in Beijing or the presence of a large number of Verlinde elements at the PALM China Business Show in Shanghai," said Mr. Jean Wiart who is in charge of selling the product in Asia.

The Stagemaker SM10 1004 m1 chain hoists can lift loads of up to one tonne, at a speed of 4m per minute. They are distinguished by their high degree of reliability. Several thousand are used all over the world and benefit from the experience Verlinde has acquired over the decades in the entertainment world. Also, in the standard version, they have safety equipment such as an electro-magnetic disk brake and safety clutch.

3rd June 2008

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