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Winners of the IAPA Awards 2012 are announced in Rome

Winners of the IAPA Awards 2012 are announced in Rome

2 April 2012 Email this article

Facelift was proud to join and be part of the judging panel, for this year's IAPA awards, which took place on 29 March in the cultural city of Rome, at the Sheraton Hotel. The awards ceremony was an impressive event - with over 400 industry professionals attending world wide, (including Europe, North and South America, Russia and the Far East).

These annual access industry awards are organised by Access International and IPAF. Sponsors this year include the headline sponsor Italian manufacturer Co.Me.T Officine - along with supporting sponsors of Henderson Insurance, Hinowa and Platform Basket, Genie and JLG.

Facelift Access Hire is proud to sponsor a brand new artistic category - the award for Access Equipment Photograph of the Year. This was awarded to Uwe Schneider of the German rental company Mateco.

Amongst the many awards presented on the evening, there featured; Access Rental Company of the Year, that was awarded to the Brazilian rental company Mills Rentals and Lifetime Achievement Awards, awarded to Gerhard Hillebrand (IPAF's Italian representative), as well as to the late Lars-Petter Godenhielm (a former president of IPAF and managing director of Dinolift). Lars- Petter Godenhielm's award was collected by his daughter Karen Nars of Dinolift, along with the Safety Champion of the Year award, received by Austin Baker of AFI-Uplift.

Our managing director Gordon Leicester stepped in to present the Mast Climbing Work Platform/ Hoists award to Geda-Dechentreiter  -Multilift P 18 S. 

Two awards were catered for IPAF members alone; the IPAF Training Instructor of the Year and the Best New IPAF Training Centre. Kevin O'Shea from Mastclimbers LLC, USA has proven to be a consistent winner - claiming the IPAF Training Instructor of the Year for a third successive year.  

On the judging panel were: Andy Studdert, CEO of US-based NES Rentals; Facelift's Gordon Leicester; Mikael Kämpe director of group fleet at Finnish rental company Ramirent; Richard Tindale, former global sales and marketing director of Snorkel; and Wayne Lawson, JLG vice president and managing director of EAME and IPAF president.  

Here's a complete list of the winners of this year's awards;  

  • Access Rental Company of the Year - Mills Rental, Brazil 
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  • Lifetime Achievement Awards - Lars-Petter Godenhielm and Gerhard Hillebrand
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  • AFI-Uplift (IPAF Safety Champion) - Austin Baker
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  • Contribution to Safe Working at Height - Nationwide Platforms, UK
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  • Access Project of the Year - Alimak Hek, the Garibaldi Porta Nuova project in Milan
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  • Product of the Year - Self propelled (booms, scissors, atrium lifts) - Manitou - 280TJ telescopic boom 
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  • Product of the Year (Vehicle/Trailer Mounted) - Ruthmann - Steiger T330
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  • Product of the Year (Mast Climbing Work Platform/Hoists) - Geda-Dechentreiter  -  Multilift P 18 S 
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  • Product of the Year (Low-Level Access) - Edmolift - Air 
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  • Award for Outstanding After Sales Service - TVH
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  • Access Photograph of the Year - Uwe Schneider of Mateco, Germany

IPAF Award Categories

  • IPAF Training Instructor of the Year - Kevin O'Shea
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  • Mastclimbers LLC, USA Best New IPAF Training Centre - Maquinarias Paco, Spain    

Next year's IAPA awards will be an even more glamorous affair and will be taking place in Miami, USA. The awards ceremony is set for the 26 March 2013 - for more information go to www.iapa-summit.info