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Hanging Signs / Suspension Points and Wires

Mansveld Expotech is the only rigging contractor allowed to access the RAI Amsterdam roof structure to install hanging points. Third parties are strictly prohibited access and are NOT permitted to install any rigging points.

Mansveld Expotech can assist you in working out the correct rigging plan, and can advise you on the relevant truss materials, motorised hoists and with any customised services. The order must be completed with detailed plans of stand position, hanging points required, guy ropes/steel wires, measurements and weights of any objects. Please visit the RAI Webshop to download the order form. There will be an early bird rate for rigging orders received before 11 August (orders placed from 4 September will incur a 20% surcharge).

Suspension wires for hanging signs and lighting rigs can be installed in most areas of the halls. In case of height limitations, exhibitors will be advised at the time of space allocation. For information regarding build heights, please contact Abraxys

IMPORTANT: There may not be a suspension point directly above your stand area and thus support trussing may have to be fitted on the ceiling above your stand. Due to the complexity of this process, extra costs can be charged for suspension points in some areas. Quotations for suspension points and rigging are made on individual basis, following verification of their feasibility. Please contact Mansveld Expotech on rigging@mx.nl for a quotation.

Due to Dutch legislation in connection with safety at the workplace, the use of access platforms for lifting objects of 50 kg or more is prohibited. Mansveld Expotech can make hoists which are certified according to CE and TUV regulations available provided the order is received by 11 August.

Whilst IBC have a preference for exhibitors to remain a shell scheme in this area, we do not wish to stifle creativity therefore should you choose to build in these areas please adhere to the following rules:

  • Stands must adhere to IBC's stand rules and regulations
  • Exhibitors must supply Abraxys with stand designs and the necessary health and safety documents
  • Stand height must not exceed 3m
  • Rigging must comply with the IBC Skyline Zone rule (rigging points are limited in shell areas and cannot be guaranteed)

IMPORTANT: No rigging or hanging banners are permitted above Shell Scheme stands.

Rigging that is deemed complex will require structural calculations to be submitted along with your technical drawings plus a payment of the complex fee to cover the structural engineers fees. All rigged elements will be deemed complex unless all materials and weight information is included in the stand plan drawing to prove otherwise. Banners will be checked onsite to ensure the banner construction matches the material and weight information as stated on the plan drawing. Examples of complex rigging include:

  • Any bespoke metal or timber banner construction;
  • Lighting rigs over 400 kg in weight;
  • Any bespoke structure that is partly suspended, this includes all walling and canopies where chains or drop wires are loaded. The stand plan design should clearly show the transfer of load between the floor mounted structure and the hanging support.

Examples of non-complex rigged banners include lightweight foamex banners connected directly to the venue’s rigging points or a proprietary framework system with fabric/pvc infil. 

The following information must be submitted for a Complex Rigged Structure to Abraxys with your stand plan submission:

  • Detailed, scaled structural drawings
  • Specifications of materials used, description of all fixings. Rigging connected to truss must show fixings through entire truss, not just around bottom chords of truss. This best practice also applies to non-complex banners. 
  • Weight per suspension point and total weight of banner construction
  • Structural calculations
  • Risk Assessment

If any complex structure is modified after the submission of the above information, plans must be resubmitted with details of all modifications and a structural engineer’s confirmation that the final overall design is safe for its purpose. 

The Complex Fee applicable to all complex rigged structures is £285 (+20% VAT). Payment of the Complex Fee is to be made at the time of your plan submission via the secure online Abraxys retail site and includes pre-site checks by an independent structural engineer of your drawing and calculations submitted and onsite sign-off during the construction. The Complex Fee is only applicable to those stands where rigged structures are deemed complex and is to be paid in addition to the Stand Plan Inspection fee. The Complex Fee can be paid either in GBP or in EUR: