IAPA winners announced in Madrid

By Euan Youdale18 March 2016

Winners celebrate after the 2016 IAPA awards in Madrid.

Winners celebrate after the 2016 IAPA awards in Madrid.

The winners of this year’s International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) have been revealed in Madrid, with Genie, Haulotte, Nationwide Platforms, Hydro Mobile and France Elevateur among the companies recognised.

Art Moore, the 91 year old founder of Snorkel, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award; rental company of the year winner was Nationwide Platforms in the UK; and France Elevateur won the inaugural IAPA Innovation Technology Prize for its new 172 ATBI insulated boom.

More than 400 professionals attended the annual awards dinner, which took place at the NH Collection hotel in Madrid. The awards were jointly organised by Access International and IPAF.

Around 100 entries across 13 award categories were received for the IAPAs 2016, and the winners were:

IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

France Elevateur, France, for the 172 ATBI platform

IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Moore

Access Rental Company of the Year

Nationwide Platforms, UK

Powered Access Pioneer

Genie, USA

Contribution to Safe Working at Height


Product of the Year – Mast climbing work platforms/hoists

XL Group, France, for the XMH multimast platform

Product of the Year – Self-propelled above 20ft/6.1m

Almac, Italy, for the BIBI 850-BL

Product of the Year – Self-propelled below 20 ft/6.1m

Haulotte, France, for the STAR 6

Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer mounted

Time Versalift, Denmark, for the LAT-38-135-H

Project of the Year

Hydro Mobile, Canada, for the new FAA Control Tower at Tucson Airport, Arizona, USA.

IPAF Training Centre of the Year

Maltech, Switzerland

IPAF Instructor of the Year

José Ramón Etxebarria Urrutia, Spain

Access Photo of the Year (sponsored by Facelift)

Trevor Chapman (submitted by Nationwide Platforms)

See more information about the winners and pictures in the forthcoming April issue of AI.

The independent judges made their decisions based on the merit of each entry and were excluded from entering their company for any awards.

The judging panel comprised:

  • Mark Atkinson, Health & Safety manager, Clugston Construction, UK
  • Shawn Ong, COO, Galmon, Singapore
  • Ivan Papell, managing director & owner, Liftisa, Spain
  • Martin Vögtli, CEO, SkyAccess, Switzerland
  • Andy Studdert, IPAF president, and chairman and CEO, NES Rentals, USA
  • Non-voting chairman of the judges: Euan Youdale, editor, Access International

Next year’s IPAF Summit and IAPA Awards will take place on 4 April in London, at the Hilton Hotel at Wembley Stadium.

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