Less than two weeks to ERA Convention and IRN/ERA Rental Awards

By Murray Pollok17 April 2009

There is still time to organise your trip to the European Rental Association's annual Convention and the IRN/ERA European Rental Awards, being held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK, on 26-27 May.

ERA is offering special packages for both members and non-members, including hotel accommodation and the awards dinner on the evening of 26 May. To register online, go to www.erarental.org or call ERA directly on Tel: +32 2 761 16 04.

The convention starts at 3.30pm on Tuesday 26 May and comes to a close at 5.00pm on the Wednesday.

The awards presentations will be made at the awards dinner on on the Tuesday evening. The award judges met in Paris in April and the final shortlist is as follows:

Rental Company of the Year (more than 10 depots)

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

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

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

A spokesman for the award judges congratulated all those who had entered the awards, whether shortlisted or not; "Such was the overall quality of the entries that it has been very difficult to choose the shortlisted companies and individuals. We look forward to the Manchester awards dinner when the whole industry will gather to celebrate and reward excellence in the rental industry."

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
Chris Sleight, Editor, Construction Europe

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