Aggreko wins top accolade at European Rental Awards

By Murray Pollok22 May 2009

Aggreko's Hendrik Jan Molenaar (left) and Nicolas Jung (right), receive the rental company of the ye

Aggreko's Hendrik Jan Molenaar (left) and Nicolas Jung (right), receive the rental company of the year award from Guylain Turgeon of Ritchie Bros.

Aggreko won the Large Rental Company of the Year award at the IRN/ERA rental awards dinner in Manchester, UK, on Tuesday, with Sweden's Lipac Liftar winning the Small Rental Company of the Year category.

Other winners at the event, which was jointly organized by International Rental News (IRN) and the European Rental Association (ERA), were Haulotte Group (rental product of the year for the H28TJ+ boom) and Gruppo Venpa3's CEO Mendes Migotto as ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year.

George Burnett, a founder of Ashtead Group and keynote speaker at the ERA's convention, was presented with a special ‘Lifetime Achievement' award.

The awards were presented at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, in front of an audience of 250 European rental executives and ERA members. The event took place during the ERA's annual convention, which started on Tuesday 26 May and concludes today (Wednesday 27th).

The full shortlist for the awards was as follows:

Rental Company of the Year (more than 10 depots)
Aggreko (WINNER)

Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or less)
Dest Bul (Destination Bulgaria)
Hoyde Service
Lipac Liftar (WINNER)

Rental Product of the Year
Dustcontrol (AirCube aircleaner)
Haulotte Group (H28TJ+) (WINNER)
Hitachi (ZX14-3)
Niftylift (Height Rider 21 Bi-Energy)

ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year
Erkki Norvio (Ramirent)
Mendes Migotto (Gruppo Venpa3) (WINNER)
Pierre Boels (Boels Verhuur)

The judges for the awards this year were: Arne Bugge (Secretary General, Norwegian Rental Association), Gerard Deprez (President, ERA), Michel Petitjean (Secretary General, ERA), Peter Schrader (Managing Director, MVS Zeppelin) and Chris Sleight (Editor, Construction Europe).

A full report on the awards and ERA convention will appear in the July-August issue of International Rental News.

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