18 MARCH 2021

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The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs)


IAPA awards 2021 shortlist


The original shortlist, decided earlier in 2020, will remain the same for the online awards presentation in March 2021. There will be no call for further entries before the event.


The IAPAs are the most prestigious awards in our industry and celebrate best practice and excellence in the access sector. This year they will be held as a virtual event on 18 March, during which the winners will be announced and receive their trophies online.


There are 12 award categories, ranging from new products and innovations to safety and training. Thanks to a remarkable response from the industry, there was a record 130 entries this year, with the quality being exceptionally high across the board. It was a challenging decision making process for the judging panel, which met in February this year to confirm the shortlist. The panel included five senior industry professionals, with longstanding experience in the access sector (see below).


The IAPAs organisers, Access International and IPAF, are grateful to the judges for their efforts in carefully considering the entries and thank all those companies and individuals who entered.



Access Rental Company of the Year

  • Advanced Access Platforms, UK
  • AFI, UK / Middle East
  • Mateco, Luxembourg
  • Shanghai Horizon, China
  • Star Platforms, UK


Contribution to Safe Working at Height

  • EIDE - Embragatges i Derivats - manual release centrifugal brake (DBQ
  • Genie - Super-sized platform
  • Outriggerpads - online outrigger pad calculator
  • Serious Labs - PAL+ training programnes


Digital Development Award

  • AST - digital safety logbook
  • Genie - Lift Connect
  • RCB - digital solutions
  • Riwal – digital initiatives


The IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

  • Dingli – boom design
  • Hinowa - TeleCrawler13
  • JLG - mobile control app
  • Ruthmann - Ampero TBR 250 E


Product of the Year - Mast Climbing Work Platforms & Hoists

  • Alimak - MC 650
  • Hydro Mobile - S Series Transport platform
  • Maber Hoist - Liftshaft Hoist MBA800/150-SRV
  • Scanclimber - Heavy Duty (MCWP- HD)
  • XL Industries - XE5 Top-down Hoist


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts & Vertical Mast Platforms (low level access, vertical mast booms, pusharound platforms, stock pickers)

  • Dingli - JCPT1612DCB
  • Faraone - Elevah 75 Tyres
  • Genie - Global Spec GS Scissor
  • Imer - IM 17220 E
  • JLG – DSP-M
  • Snorkel – S3019E


Product of the Year – Self Propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts

  • Genie Z-45 FE Boom
  • JLG - EC articulating booms
  • Manitou - 200 ATJE
  • Niftylft - HR17NE
  • Platform Basket - Spider 43T
  • Teupen Leo35Tplus


Product of the Year – Vehicle Mounted Platforms

  • Oil & Steel - Snake 147
  • Ruthmann - Steiger TB 300
  • Socage - ForSte 37DJ Speed
  • Versalift - VTL-120


IPAF member companies and individuals only category shortlists.


IPAF Training Centre of the Year

  • AMP Sales & Services, USA
  • AST, Germany
  • Kompetenzzentrum für Arbeitssicherheit, Switzerland
  • Korea Rental Corporation, South Korea


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year

  • Andrew Williams - UTN Training
  • Richard Abercrombie – Openreach
  • Uta Koch - Arbeitsbühnen Koch
  • Young Chun Cho - Korea Training Corporation


IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award

The winner will be announced on the night of ceremony.


Access Photo of the Year

Sponsored by Media Access Solutions (MAS)



Access Photograph of the Year


The access photography competition is sponsored by the UK’s Media Access Solutions (MAS),

which will donate the €1000 prize: €750 for first place, €250 for second place.


Judges will be looking for a spectacular shot that highlights an important aspect of safety or dynamic use of access equipment. The award is open to everyone working in the access industry. Entries should not include pictures commissioned for PR and marketing purposes.


E-mail your completed entry to Euan Youdale:


Deadline:  22 January, 2020

The 2020 judges


This year’s independent judging panel comprises industry experts with long-standing experience in the business. A fifth judge will be announced soon. KHL and IPAF would like to thank all the judges for taking part.


Erhan Acar

Acar, who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, has worked in various sectors as an engineer and service manager, as well as 12 years in the access industry. In 2007 he became after sales service manager for Acarlar Makine, which is a distributor for a range of access platform brands in Turkey and has a rental fleet. Since 2014, he has been general manager for Rent Rise, a pioneering rental company in Turkey.

Malcolm Bowers

Bowers joined the UK access industry in 1970 with Zip Up Hire, a division of Access Equipment. In 1978 he co-founded Access Rental, which was sold to Roskel in 1990, on which he served as board director until 1991. This business was bought by Nationwide. Bowers founded Myrefield Group, specialising in concrete products, in 1991. He sold all three companies in the group, which are all still trading today. In 1998 he formed UK AFI Uplift, leading to a management buyout in 2005. He then co-founded Lifterz in 2006 with his son, which has been acquired by Speedy PLC.

Ian James

James started his career in the access industry with Benfords, in Warwick, UK, in the mid 1980's having completed a degree sponsored by the currency printers De La Rue. He progressed through area sales, district management to become general manager EAME for Grove Manlift. The last 20 years have been spent with Bronto Skylift in various sales roles predominantly looking after the UK distribution.

Norty Turner

Turner is the president of IPAF and the SVP of Services and Advanced Solutions at United Rentals. He is responsible for expanding its businesses in areas such as servicing and management of customer fleets, training, and Advanced Solutions - in areas such as autonomous vehicles and wearable technology. He joined United after leaving Riwal in October 2018, where he was CEO for six and a half years.

Dan Vorsholt

Vorsholt has been in the rental business since 1991 and for the last 23 years at GSV, the largest rental company in Denmark. With an engineering background, Vorsholt has been CEO at the company since 2008, and prior to that held a range of positions, including fleet management. For the last four years he has also been in charge of purchasing and integrating four Denmark-based rental companies into GSV, which has created its market leading position.

NON-VOTING chairman of the judging panel: Euan Youdale, editor, Access International.




More than 100 entries were received for the 2019 IAPAs. The organisers of the event, IPAF and Access International, would like to thank the judges for their meticulous efforts in considering all the submissions and to all those who sent in entries. The standard of the entries was very high overall.


Access Rental Company of the Year

  • AFI-Uplift
  • WINNER A-Plant
  • Loxam Powered Access Division (PAD)
  • Manlift
  • Shanghai Horizon Equipment & Engineering


Contribution to Safe Working at Height

  • Manitou –
  • WINNER Proud2bSafe – motivational speaking
  • Skyjack - SGLE


Digital Development Award

  • – Solar virtual reality
  • Haulotte - Quick Positioning app
  • Hoogwerkt - online booking platform
  • WINNER JLG - BIM library
  • Riwal - Access4U


The IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

  • GMG - I Power
  • Ruthmann - Dynamic Reach System (DRS)
  • Serious Labs - Ryze-MEWP VR Simulator
  • WINNER Skyjack - Elevate On


IPAF Training Centre of the Year

  • WINNER ALS Safety
  • A-Plant
  • Nationwide Platforms
  • UTN Training


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year

  • WINNER Charlie Ellis
  • Greg Trezise-Wallace
  • Peter Hazell


Powered Access Pioneer

  • Access Rental Gulf
  • WINNER Zhejiang Dingli Machinery
  • Haulotte
  • Rapid Access
  • Rent & Rise


Product of the Year - Mast Climbing Work Platforms & Hoists

  • WINNER Alimak - Mammoth TM
  • Electroelsa - H50
  • Maber - MBC50
  • Scanclimber - Centum SC10000


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts & Vertical Masts

  • EHM - E Series
  • Faraone - Elevah 50 Air
  • Forever-ODM - 3215 Scissor-Boom
  • WINNER Hybeko - Tunnel 3390 RT
  • JLG - 10MSP


Product of the Year – Self Propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts

  • WINNER Almac - Jibbi 1250 Evo
  • Easy Lift - R420 EI
  • Haulotte - HA20 LE PRO
  • Niftylift - HR12L
  • Sinoboom - GTBZ18J


Product of the Year – Vehicle and Trailer Mounted

  • WINNER Bronto Skylift - S35EM
  • Co.Me.T - Solar
  • Ruthmann - Steiger T900

IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award

John L Grove



Access Photo of the Year

Santeri Keränen, senior blade technician at Bladefence

Photo of the year is sponsored by Facelift

The 2019 judges


An independent judging panel of access industry experts, with longstanding international experience, will vote to determine the winners.


The judges are:


Sérgio Kariya, president of Brazil-based Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia.


Teresa Kee, director, corporate safety at US-based United Rentals.


Karin Nars, executive chairman at Finland-based Dinolift.


Patrick Witte, Vice President Global Sales and Business Development, MEC Aerial Work Platforms.


NON-VOTING chairman: Euan Youdale, editor, Access International


Sérgio Kariya

Teresa Kee

Karin Nars

Patrick Witte







  • – motivational speaking

, senior blade technician at Bladefence