Countdown to the IAPAs

By Euan Youdale28 February 2017

The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) 2017 is just over a month away.

Now in its ninth year, the IAPAs will be held 4 April 2017, in London, UK, and is set to attract around 450 industry professionals. Jointly organised by Access International and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the IAPAs celebrate global best practice and excellence in the powered access industry.

The shortlist for the 2017 IAPA awards was revealed earlier in February, following the judges’ meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. There was a fantastic response with well over 100 entries across the 12 categories in the 2017 awards.

The event takes place on the same day as the IPAF Summit, which brings together senior representatives from across the access community to discuss and debate the latest developments in our industry.

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2017 IAPAs shortlist:

Access Rental Company of the Year

  • AFI, UK
  • Nationwide, UK
  • Riwal, the Netherlands
  • Shanghai Horizon, China

Contribution to Safe Working at Height

  • EIDE - Embragatges i Derivats, Spain
  • JLG, USA
  • Modern Access & Scaffolding, Hong Kong
  • Power Towers, UK

IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

  • Haulotte, France  – Activ’Lighting System Safe Load
  • Nationwide Platforms, UK – SkySiren PCS
  • Serious Labs, Canada – VRSL: AWP Trainer

IPAF Training Centre of the Year

  • DK Rental, Belgium
  • Manlift, UAE
  • Mills, Brazil

IPAF Training Instructor of the Year

  • Anderson Puff, Mills, Brazil
  • Fernando Serafim, Transgrua, Portugal
  • Lukas Gerber, Kompetenzzentrum für Arbeitssicherheit, Switzerland.

Powered Access Pioneer

  • Alo Group, Chile
  • Shanghai Horizon, China
  • Time International, Denmark

Product of the Year – Mast climbers/hoists

  • Alimak Hek, Sweden  – Mammoth Triplex
  • Maber, Italy – MB A 2200/250
  • Scanclimber, Finland – All Reach Extension (ARE)

 Product of the Year – Self propelled above 20ft

  • ATN, France  – Piaf 1010
  • Genie, USA – SX-135 XC
  • JLG, USA – 1500AJP
  • Teupen, Germany – Puma 42GTX

Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer mounted

  • CTE, Italy – B-Lift 17E
  • Palfinger Platforms, Germany – P750
  • Ruthmann, Germany – T 510 HF

Project of the Year

  • Mills, Brazil  
  • RCB, Brazil  
  • Scanclimber, Finland  
  • Smart Platforms Solutions, the Netherlands

Access Photo of the Year

  • Winner will be announced at the awards ceremony

IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner will be announced at the awards ceremony

The judges:

The independent and impartial judges made their decisions based on the merit of each entry and are excluded from entering their company for any awards. IPAF and Access International would like thank them for all their efforts.

  • Andy Studdert, CEO of US-based NES Rentals, and IPAF president;
  • Eline Oudenbroek, managing director of Holland Lift, based in the Netherlands;
  • Kai Schliephake, managing director of PartnerLift, a Germany-based consortium of access rental companies;
  • Mike Evans, retired access industry veteran in the UK, and former winner of the IAPAs Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Rick Mustillo, founder of Kookaburra Equipment Sales and president of Australia’s Elevating Work Platform Association;
  • Non-voting chair: Euan Youdale, editor of Access International magazine.
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