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Winners IAPA Awards 2011 Amsterdam

Winners IAPA Awards 2011 Amsterdam

16 April 2011 Email this article

Facelift Access Hire have won the UK Access Rental Company of the Year award at the IAPA's 2011 (International Awards for Powered Access) held in Amsterdam last week -  

When presenting the award the judges were quoted "This company showed an exceptional performance in a challenging year, and has produced an acclaimed safety guide and has been consistently innovative with creative and unique marketing reflecting the company's character."

Our business is very proud to have received this award and it is done so with thanks to everyone in the business, for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, thanks also goes to our customers and suppliers, as we know we couldn't have done it without you.

The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) ceremony was held in Amsterdam on 14 April before an audience of more than 450 people. The IAPAs are jointly organised by Access International and IPAF.

The ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, attending by more than 450 industry delegates. Earlier in the day many had attended IPAF's annual Summit conference, also taking place at the Krasnapolsky.

The full list of the winners, and the citations from the judges, were as follows:

Paul Adorian & Pierre Saubot (Joint Winners - Lifetime Achievement Awards) The judges said Mr Adorian had helped establish the UK as one of the world's best developed access markets. He was the first person to establish a successful access rental company in the UK, was crucial in the creation of IPAF and led the organisation as MD for many years. He was also pivotal in creating the training programme which is now such an important part of the organisation's activities. "He continues to plan active role in the industry, running one of the best known notified bodies in the UK, PAC."

Mr Saubot, said the judges, is one of the pioneers of the European access sector, and a past-president of IPAF. "He has built one of the major manufacturers in the world - Haulotte - and has worked hard throughout his long career to promote the use of powered access worldwide. He is still very active in the industry and at Haulotte, and remains one of the true leaders of this industry."

Kevin O'Shea, Mastclimbers (IPAF Safety Champion)The judges said that Mr O'Shea "has maintained a consistent and exceptional performance in promoting safety, has influenced government and safety regulators, and continues to promote mast climbers internationally"

ZT Safety Systems, UK (Contribution to Safe Working at Height) The judges said that ZT "has developed a unique product that has the potential to save lives, whose ease of use will encourage people to adopt it, and which improves and reduces the risks associated with conventional models".

Harsco Infrastructure Services - Heron Tower Project, London (Access Project of the Year) "In a very tightly contested category, we chose the winner for overcoming obstacles and defining standards in taking mast climbing technology to new extremes".

MEC Aerial Work Platforms: Titan Boom (Product of the Year - Self Propelled (booms, scissors, atrium lifts) The judges thought that this company could have established a new market category in a platform that offers the deck characteristics of a large double-deck scissor with the carrying capacity of a telehandler and the characteristics of a telescopic boom."

CTE: B-Lift 20.13 MP (Product of the Year - Vehicle/Trailer Mounted) As a winner in a strong field, they were described by the judges as creating a genuinely unique product. "It stands out in a highly competitive market, by combining the characteristics of a simple telescopic boom platform with that of an up and over machine."

Alimak Hek: Alimak Scando 650 (Product of the Year - Mast Climbing Work Platform/Hoists) The judges said that the winner was "an engineering triumph - and definitely one of the largest masted passenger/goods hoists ever produced. The company used all its expertise to engineer a unique solution to transporting goods and personnel on an inclined building 200 m high."

Custom Equipment: HB-830 (Product of the Year - Low-Level Access) The judges said, "In a fast growing sector of the access market we were impressed by this company's approach to developing low weight scissor lifts. The winner was recognised for its performance in combining capacity, compactness and mobility."

Independent Parts & Service (IPS), UK (Award for Outstanding After Sales Service) "IPS had an excellent track record already, but still managed to achieve impressive improvements in their 2010 performance with several initiatives that proved beneficial to their customers." The judges liked the way the company worked with its customers to improve efficiency while at the same time reducing costs.

The IAPA awards also include three awards targeted at IPAF members only.

In these categories, the winners were BS Technology from Singapore (Best Marketing Campaign for IPAF training), Gurpartap Singh of Rapid/Lavendon Group (IPAF Training Instructor of the Year), and Italian company Piattaforme Aeree Formazione (PAF) (Best New IPAF Training Centre).


BS Technology, Singapore (Best Marketing Campaign for IPAF Training) The judges said; "It is difficult to overestimate the impact on IPAF training that this company has made. It has gained government recognition for IPAF training, helped establish standards in a country where none previously existed, and is serving as a model for the promotion of training."

Gurpartap Singh, Rapid/Lavendon Group (IPAF Training Instructor of the Year) The judges described the winner as a passionate advocate of IPAF training. "His is a great story of personal achievement, who was described by his employer as not just a great trainer, but one of the company's best salesmen."

Piattaforme Aeree Formazione (PAF), Italy (Best New IPAF Training Centre)

The winner was described by the judges as delivering "a remarkable record in what was a very difficult year."

The judges were: Roger Bowden, owner/founder, Niftylift, UK: Gerhard Hillebrand, IPAF Italy representative; Murray Pollok, managing editor, Access International; Steve Shaughnessy, IPAF past-president; and Mike Watts, chairman/founder, Sunstate Equipment, US.