The essential access industry event


March 8, 2018 - MIAMI USA


The IAPAs are the most prestigious and respected awards in our industry. An independent judging panel of access industry leaders will vote to determine the winners.


Celebrate best practice and excellence in the access industry and at the same time spend an enjoyable evening with customers, industry contacts and colleagues. It’s a friendly industry, and the IAPAs dinner is its best social event, attracting audiences of around 450 each year.


There are 13 award categories, ranging from new products and innovations to safety and training - you can be certain to find one or more to suit you or your company.

Around 300 industry professionals gathered on 8 March 2018 in Miami, USA, to honour the winners of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs).



The 2018 IAPA winners, and judges’ comments, were as follows:


Access Rental Company of the Year:



“In 2017 United really delivered: It managed two significant acquisitions, reported record utilisation rates, and demonstrated a commitment to training with the United Academy.”


Powered Access Pioneer:



“This was another competitive category, but Horizon won us over with its strong growth record, lean management style and commitment to customer service.”


Contribution to Safe Working at Height:

HAULOTTE, France, for its ACTIV’Lighting System


“So simple, but very effective. A great aid to the safe loading and unloading of machines.”


Product of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Hoists:

SCANCLIMBER, Finland, for its Counter Balanced Extension system for MCWPs


“One of the most innovative Mast Climbing Work Platform products we have seen, and extending the possible applications for several of the company’s existing products.”


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts and Vertical Masts:

HEMATEC ARBEITSBÜHNEN, Germany, for its Helix 1205 mast boom


“The platform’s compact design, electro-hydraulic drive and negative reach capability makes it a truly versatile MEWP.”


Product of the Year – Self-propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts:

NIFTYLIFT, UK, for its self-propelled HR21 4x4 (Mark II)


“We were impressed with the overall package; the platform’s low weight and hybrid power system, which gives extended duty cycles and significant reductions in fuel use.”


Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer-mounted:

RUTHMANN, Germany, for its T650 HF


“This is a special machine, with basket rotation, a compact design and a remarkable outreach of 43 metres.”


Project of the Year:



“It’s an impressive project, with UP Makine providing machines to work 24/7 on three terminal buildings.”


Innovative Technology:



“This is about safety, safety and safety! It represents a step forward in controlling access to machines and making working at height safer. A system that ensures harnesses are used.”


IPAF Training Centre of the Year:



“A-Plant had an outstanding year for training in 2017, with very positive course evaluations. The company provides safety information for free, which says a lot about its ethos.”


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year:

PETER WALLACE of NIS Training in the UK


“Peter is an independent instructor and demonstrated outstanding work. He has a great approach to engaging with candidates and always shows a very positive attitude.”


IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award:

DAN KAPLAN, US, international rental consultant and author


An internationally renowned expert on the rental industry since establishing his own consultancy in 1997, Dan Kaplan spent 15 years as president of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, during which time he grew sales from $58 million to over $500 million and expanded from 55 domestic locations to 140 locations worldwide.


In his years as a consultant he has worked with rental companies all over the world, helping them with their strategies and performing operational reviews of more than 2000 rental locations. He is regularly consulted by financial institutions and equipment manufacturers. His book, Service Success, published in 1994, has become a bible for anyone interested in the rental business.


His expertise has long been recognised in the industry. In 2006 he was inducted into the American Rental Association’s Hall of Fame, and in 2013 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Rental Association.


Access Photograph of the Year (sponsored by Facelift):

NEIL LAWRENCE, ORION PLATFORMS, for his picture of St Margaret’s Church, City of London, UK


Neil is Hire Desk Manager for Orion Platforms in the UK, and captured an image of a Palfinger WT450, 45m truck mount with 28m of outreach and a 600kg basket payload, which Orion supplied to the National Trust to inspect all the lead work on the spire of the Sir Christopher Wren-designed church.

2018 IAPA awards shortlist

The response has been excellent, with more than 100 high-quality entries received across the 13 categories. IPAF and Access International would like to thank everyone who took part and encourage those who did not make the shortlist this year to enter again for the 2019 awards.

Access Rental Company of the Year

  • A-Plant, UK
  • Loxam, France
  • Shanghai Horizon, China
  • Star Platforms, UK
  • United Rentals, US


Contribution to Safe Working at Height

  • Dispersion Solutions - I-foot, UK
  • Galmon - Safe working practices, Singapore
  • Haulotte - ACTIV’Lighting System, France
  • Tutus - Dropped Object Prevention System, US


The IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

  • Control Dynamics (CDI) - Piranha Lox System, US
  • Genie - Tech Sight, US
  • Multitel Pagliero - 16m Hybrid, Italy
  • Niftylift - Second Generation Hybrid, UK
  • PB Lifttechnik - Bi-Power Charger


IPAF Training Centre of the Year

  • A-Plant, UK
  • Mills Serviços e Engenharia, Brazil
  • ALS Safety (Riwal), The Netherlands
  • Sinoboom, China


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year

  • Brian Downham, Skyjack, Canada
  • Daniel de Matos Batista, Mills, Brazil
  • Peter Wallace, NIS Training, UK


Powered Access Pioneer

  • Dingli, China
  • PartnerLift, Germany
  • Shanghai Horizon Equipment & Engineering, China



Product of the Year - Mast Climbing Work Platforms & Hoists

  • Electroelsa - PM-M50, Italy
  • Maber Hoist  - MB A 800150-SR, Italy
  • Scanclimber - Counter Balanced Extension


Product of the Year – Self Propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts

  • Easy Lift - RA26HY, Italy
  • Genie - S-85 XC, US
  • JLG Industries  - 600S, US
  • Niftylift - HR21 4x4 (MKII), UK
  • Platform Basket - 2714, Italy
  • Skyjack - SJ85 AJ, Canada


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts & Vertical Masts

  • Almac - Bibi 1090-BL Evo, Italy
  • Hematec Arbeitsbühnen - Helix 1205,Germany
  • PB Lifttechnik - S128-19E HT, Germany


Product of the Year – Vehicle and Trailer Mounted

  • Bronto Skylift - S70XR, Finland
  • Palfinger Platforms - P 370 KS, Germany
  • Ruthmann - T650 HF, Germanny
  • Socage - forste 20D, Italy


Project of the Year

  • Aria Aerial Platforms – Shrimad Rajchandra Statue, India
  • UP MakineIstanbul Airport, Turkey
  • Mills Serviços e Engenharia - São Bento wind farm, Brazil
  • Scanclimber - The Fennel skyscraper, Malaysia


Access Photo of the Year

To be announced at the ceremony


IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced at the ceremony

Entering the IAPAs


  • The awards are free to enter.
  • Companies and individuals can enter themselves or nominate others.
  • You can submit entries for more than one award, and more than one entry per category.
  • Awards are for activities undertaken and for products launched September 2016 - September 2017.
  • Entries must be submitted in English using the official entry form.
  • Please supply a company logo when submitting your entry.


The judges are looking for good business practice, innovation and forward thinking, along with quality, and client satisfaction. They want all entrants to tell them why they believe their company, project or product is special and why it deserves to win.



Questions on the awards can be directed to Euan Youdale, editor of Access International, on

+44 (0)1892 786214 or





2018 award categories & entry forms

Click the award category below to download the entry form

Award summary and requirements of entry are included on each form









Access Photo of the Year Competition


UK rental company Facelift will again sponsor the Access Photo of the Year competition, with a €1000 prize for the winning picture.


Tell your colleagues, employees and friends about the competition and ensure that the judging panel has a great selection of photos to choose from.


The award is open to everyone working in the access industry. Entries should not include pictures commissioned for PR or marketing purposes.


All photos should be sent to Euan Youdale, Editor of Access International: email:


Access photo of the year



2018 judging panel

As always, the entries will be judged by an independent panel of prominent industry experts with long-standing experience in the business. They alone decide the winners - recipients of IAPA trophies can therefore be justifiably proud of their achievement.


Now retired, Chris Bowers served as senior vice president, customer strategy, sales and marketing at US-based NES Rentals from 2005 until 2017, when NES was sold to United Rentals.


Chris Carmolingo has been regional vice president at BlueLine Rental, in the US, since 2015. Before that he was president and CEO at access specialist Trico Lift.


Ib Steffensen is the director of the lift department at truck mounted platform and crane rental company BMS and a member of its executive board. He has been employed at BMS since 2009 and has been in the rental industry for 25 years.


Nick Selley is business development director at UK-based access equipment rental company AFI Group and was inaugurated as IPAF president in 2017.


Tobias Ritzenhöfer is the director of engineering at Germany-based tracked platform manufacturer Teupen Maschinenbau, which also produces the self propelled extreme off-road Puma lift. Ritzenhöfer has huge experience in the industry and at Teupen, having started at the company in 1996 as an apprentice mechanic.

Chris Bowers

Chris Carmolingo

Ib Steffensen

Nick Selley

Tobias Ritzenhöfer


See information from previous Awards

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For sponsorship opportunities contact

Tony Radke, Sponsorship Manager

Tel: +1 480-478-6302


March 8, 2018, Miami USA

March 8, 2018

Miami, USA