Genie’s Matt Fearon confirmed among IPAF Summit 2019 speakers


The speakers for this year’s Summit of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have been announced, with Matt Fearon, Genie President, and Peter Schrader, Managing Director of Zeppelin Rental, among the high-profile names confirmed.

The IPAF Summit takes place in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday 6 March, on the same day as the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs). It is the first time the event has been staged in the Middle East.

There will be an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Manlift rental depot in Dubai the following day, available only to those booking to attend the Summit and IAPAs.

Those wishing to attend the IPAF Summit & IAPAs are advised to book without delay, as the special early-bird discount rate is only available up until the end of January.

The theme of the IPAF Summit, which brings together representatives from across powered access to discuss and debate the latest developments in our industry, is “Get Ready for Digitalisation”. The confirmed speakers for the event are:

Erhan Acar – General Manager of Rent Rise
Mohsen Ahmad – Chief Executive Officer, Logistics District – Dubai South
Jim Colvin – CEO of Serious Labs
Giles Councell – IPAF’s Director of Operations
Andrew Delahunt – IPAF’s Director of Technical & Safety
Matt Fearon – Genie President, Terex AWP
Benjamin Legg – Vice President, Aecom
Murray Pollok – Managing Editor of Access International
Peter Schrader – MD & COO of Zeppelin Rental
Richard Whiting – IPAF’s UK Market General Manager

Having been added to the Summit programme for the first time in Miami in 2018, a special break-out session on MCWPs has once again been scheduled, and will be led by IPAF’s Ángel Ibáñez and Romina Vanzi, with additional presenters still to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the IAPAs 2019 has been announced, following a meeting of the judges’ panel in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The IAPAs are the most prestigious awards in powered access and the independent panel of access industry experts has selected a shortlist from the more than 100 entries received. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of the IPAF Summit. The IAPAs 2019 shortlist is as follows:

Access Rental Company of the Year
Shanghai Horizon

Contribution to Safe Working at Height
Jason Anker – motivational safety speaker
Manitou –
Skyjack – SGLE

Digital Development Award
Comet – Solar virtual reality
Haulotte – Quick Positioning app
Hoogwerkt – online booking platform
JLG – BIM library
Riwal – Access4U

The IAPA Innovative Technology Prize
GMG – I Power
Ruthmann – Dynamic Reach System (DRS)
Serious Labs – Ryze-MEWP VR Simulator
Skyjack – Elevate On

IPAF Training Centre of the Year
ALS Safety
Nationwide Platforms
UTN Training

IPAF Training Instructor of the Year
Charlie Ellis
Greg Trezise-Wallace
Peter Hazell

Powered Access Pioneer
Access Rental Gulf
Rapid Access
Rent & Rise

Product of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms & Hoists
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
Hybeko – Tunnel 3390 RT

Product of the Year – Self Propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts
Almac – Jibbi 1250 Evo
Easy Lift – R420 EI
Haulotte – HA20 LE PRO
Niftylift – HR12L
Sinoboom – GTBZ18J

Product of the Year – Vehicle and Trailer Mounted
Bronto Skylift – S35EM
Comet – Solar
Ruthmann – Steiger T900

Access Photo of the Year
To be announced at the ceremony

IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
To be announced at the ceremony

The judges for the 2019 IAPAs are: Karin Nars, executive chairman at Finland-based Dinolift; Patrick Witte, vice president global sales and business development, MEC Aerial Work Platforms; Sérgio Kariya, president of Brazil-based Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia; Teresa Kee, director, corporate safety at US-based United Rentals; with Euan Youdale, editor of Access International, the non-voting chairman.

Euan Youdale comments: “The organisers would like to thank all those who have sent in entries – it has been a fantastic response – and the judges for their efforts to come in deciding the shortlist at a meeting scheduled for mid-January. The shortlist will be published soon, with the winners announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of 6 March.”

Attendance is free for the IPAF Summit, which brings together senior representatives from across the access community to discuss and debate the latest developments in our industry.

Those wishing to attend the IAPAs celebration dinner can book at a discounted rate until 31 January, while a small administrative fee for transport and refreshments will be charged to those wishing to join the Manlift site visit on 7 March. Places are limited on the site visit, and delegates are advised to register without delay via