The International Powered Access Industry (IPAF) has canceled its Innovate event, which was scheduled for May 5-6 in Chicago, due to “uncertainty around the global Coronavirus outbreak.” 

“This would have been the third year the event was held to continue developing solutions to known industry issues, but the health and welfare of our team and event attendees obviously take precedence,” said Tony Groat, IPAF’s North America regional manager. “Based on activities worldwide to address the COVID-19 virus and in line with IPAF’s decision to postpone our international Summit & IAPAs in London in April, we felt it prudent that we take action to cancel Innovate on May 5-6 in Chicago, IL, and the subsequent face-to-face North America Regional Council meeting planned for May 6-7. 

“This is consistent with IPAF’s actions for all events in the coming months, to minimize risk of exposure to the virus, to allow event attendees to plan ahead and to allow the IPAF’s teams worldwide to continue to focus on processing training certification and supporting our members and the wider powered access industry.

“We also appreciate that there are travel restrictions in place imposed by many of our member companies and/or national governments, while the World Health Organization advises against travel at this time and for the foreseeable future, so planning for an event even some months away would have involved a great deal of uncertainty for anyone thinking of attending.

“With a number of scheduled events in the second half of 2020, it is unlikely that we will be able to reschedule the event during this year. As soon as IPAF does have a date set for the next edition of this popular industry event, we will communicate this to all our members, partners and would-be attendees.

“IPAF is currently exploring the possibilities of running the event virtually, with each workshop collaborating via video conference and the presentations being live streamed or perhaps turned into a webinar.

“Any participant who booked to a place at Innovate 2020 will have their place canceled and any fee returned. If any travel or hotel has been confirmed please contact your travel or accommodation provider directly to arrange cancellation. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will be able to join Innovate when it is rescheduled.”

ALH August-September 2020

Access Lift & Handlers - August-September 2020

Included in this sisue: 

  • INTERVIEW: ZOOMLION
    Zoomlion North America will debut boom and scissor lifts for the North American market this year. Lindsey Anderson speaks with the company.
  • ROTATING TELEHANDLERS
    For once, some good news: the rotating telehandler market across North America remains stable. Lindsey Anderson looks into the industry.
  • MAINTENANCE 
    Proper battery management and maintenance can decrease fleet costs and elongate battery life. ALH covers the best practices to keep machines running
  • SPECIALTY MEWPS 
    The specialty access industry provides endusers with everything from air-powered scissor lifts to 3-foot-wide bridge inspection units. ALH reports.
  • TIRES 
    With the new ANSI standards now in place, tires on boom lifts and roughterrain scissors will see some major changes. ALH reports.
  • SAIA SHOW 
    The Scaffold & Access Industry Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition will be held virtually this year. Read our guide for more.

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