IPAF Summit draws near

By Patrick Hill03 March 2009

Less than a month remains to book your attendance at the IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) annual Summit event in Dublin, Ireland on 2 April. This year's event includes presentation of the first IAPAs (International Awards for Powered Access) at a ceremonial dinner that evening.

The IPAF's John Ball said the event will be the largest Summit ever. Its conference programme includes presentations by United Rental's chief executive officer Michael Kneeland and Pat Cox, former president of the European parliament.

Summit attendees must register by e-mailing Jean Harrison of IPAF at: jean.harrison@ipaf.org or by calling her at +44 (0)15395 62444.

Dinner booking can be made by also contacting Ms Harrison or by contacting the events company Kellen at: meetings@kelleneurope.com or by faxing: +32 2 761 1699.

The Summit and dinner will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin-Northwood. Make accommodation reservations by calling: +353 (0)1 862 8888 or by e-mailing: info@crowneplazadublin.ie, (quote booking reference AS1). Hotel information is at: www.cpdublin.crowneplaza.com.

Accommodation is also available next door at the Holiday Inn Express. Make reservations by calling: +44 (0)1384 89 04 09 or by e-mailing info@hiexpressdublin-airport.ie (using the reference AS1). Hotel information is at: www.hiexpress.com.

Both hotels are just minutes from Dublin Airport, and the Crowne Plaza provides a complimentary airport shuttle.

Capping the day's activities are presentation of the IAPA awards. A five-member judging panel has selected from the nominees for final consideration. Those short-listed individuals and companies, in alphabetical order in each category, are:

IPAF Safety Champion of the Year
Ken McDougall, Skyjack (Canada)
Kevin O'Shea, Mastclimbers (US)
Andy Studdert, NES
Andy Wright, Lavendon Group (UK)

The Access Rental Company of the Year
A-Plant (UK)
Lavendon Group (UK)
LTECH (Russia)
Nacanco (Italy)
Riwal (Netherlands)

The Access International New Product of the Year
Edmolift (T-zip Micro)
Genie Industries (S-60 Trax/S-65 Trax)
JLG Industries (Liftpod)
Mecaplus (articulated boom)
Niftylift (Height Rider HR21DE Bi-Energy)

Contribution to Safe Working at Height - Rental Company
A-Plant (UK)
Lavendon Group (UK)
SGB Group (UK)

Contribution to Safe Working at Height - Manufacturer
Merlo (Italy)
Skyjack (Canada)

Mast Climbing Work Platform Achievement Award
Mastclimbers Inc (US)
SGB Group (UK)

Access Industry Training Award
Alo Rental/Alo Training (Chile)
A-Plant (UK)
CTE (Italy)

IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
To be announced on the night.

Best Marketing Campaign for IPAF Training
Alo Rental/Alo Training (Chile)
Vismara (Switzerland)
WEMO-tec GmbH (Germany)

IPAF Instructor of the Year
Roy Funk (Hoj Engineering & Sales, US)
Larry Nancarrow (Skyjack, Canada)
Mauro Potrich (CTE, Italy)

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