THE PREMIER AWARDS FOR THE EUROPEAN RENTAL INDUSTRY

15 MAY 2019 - MADRID, SPAIN

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2018

Vienna, Austria

 

An audience of 320 rental industry professionals saw Nordic companies Naboen and Byggmaskiner-Gruppen win the two Rental Company of the Year categories at the 2018 European Rental Awards. The ceremony was held on 23 May in Vienna, Austria, during the European Rental Association’s annual convention.

 

The awards to individuals went to Colin Wood, the former CEO of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Xavier du Boÿs of Kiloutou, who received the Person of the Year accolade.

 

Other winners were A-Plant and Cramo – jointly in the Sustainability category - while JCB’s Hydradig was Product of the Year. Atlas Copco won the ERA Technical Committee award for suppliers to the rental industry.

 

The winners, and comments from the judges, were:

 

 

LARGE RENTAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: NABOEN AS (Norway)

 

The judges said: “The company’s growth is obviously remarkable, but despite that Naboen has managed to retain its very distinctive culture, which combines a celebration of work with a commitment to provide great service to its customers.”

 

SHORTLISTED COMPANIES: A-Plant (UK) and Cramo (Finland)

 

 

SMALL/MEDIUM SIZED RENTAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: BYGGMASKINER-GRUPPEN (Sweden)

 

The judges said; “Byggmaskiner has an impressive record for consistent growth, as well as serious commitment to the safety of its employees and customers.”

 

SHORTLISTED COMPANIES: Fast Rent (Switzerland) and Georent (Georgia)

 

 

RENTAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: JCB’s 110W HYDRADIG

 

The judges said: “JCB works closely with rental companies when developing new products, and the Hydradig shows that partnership approach in action.”

 

SHORTLISTED COMPANIES:

Arcotherm (Road Tow Heater) (UK)

Generac (Tower Light Cube+ Next) (Italy)

Hinowa (Lightlift 33.17) (Italy)

Skyjack (SJ85 AJ) (Canada)

Wacker Neuson (AP1850e) (Germany)

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

WINNER: COLIN WOOD (former CEO, CPA)

 

Pierre Boels, ERA President, said: “Colin’s engagement with rental went beyond the UK. He was a vice president on ERA’s board during its important early years and his work as ERA’s treasurer helped set standards that are still being followed today. Throughout his career he has been a friendly presence on the scene. As he moves into retirement, the industry will miss his personality as much as it will his experience.”

 

 

RENTAL PERSON OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: XAVIER DU BOŸS (Chairman, Kiloutou)

 

The judges said; “Xavier du Boÿs had a notable 12 months. He continued to lead his business in its strategy of acquisitions and international expansion – including an important move into Italy. He completed the sale of the company to new owners, and moved from his long-time role of CEO to become Chairman of the company. He is one of the rental industry’s most respected leaders.”

 

 

ERA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE AWARD:

WINNER: ATLAS COPCO

 

Awarded to a manufacturer that has made particular efforts to meet the needs of the rental industry in its products and services, as judged by the ERA’s Technical Committee.

 

 

ERA SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE AWARD:

WINNER: A-PLANT & CRAMO (joint-winners)

 

Judged by the ERA Sustainability Committee, who said; ”Both companies are at the forefront of developing a genuinely sustainable approach to rental and both deserve wider recognition.”

 

 

 

THE JUDGES FOR THE 2018 AWARDS WERE:

 

Pierre Boels (CEO, Boels Rental & President, ERA)

 

Michel Denis (CEO, Manitou)

 

Gérard Déprez (CEO, Loxam)

 

Pierre-Nicola Fovini (President, CGT Edilizia)

 

Murray Pollok (Managing Editor, International Rental News).

 

Non-voting chair: Michel Petitjean, Secretary General, ERA

 

 

The June 2018 issue if IRN included a report on the awards dinner and on the ERA Convention.

 

 

2017

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

 

Large Rental Company of the Year (turnover more than €15 million)

• WINNER - Zeppelin Rental

• Kiloutou

 

 

Small & Mid-Sized Rental Company of the Year (turnover less than €15 million)

• WINNER - Gomez Oviedo

• Huurland

• Maltech

• Mol Lifting

 

Rental Product of the Year

• WINNER - Genie (Z-60FE boom)

• Atlas Copco (8 Series compressor)

• Kaeser (M50E compressor)

• Mtools-Makinex (Hose 2 Go)

• Ramirent (Ramiflex module)

• Trime (X-Eco lighting tower)

 

 

Digital Innovation Award (new)

• WINNER - Zeppelin Rental

• Germans Homs

• HSS

• Ramirent

 

Employer Innovation Award (new)

• WINNER - Kiloutou

• A-Plant

• HSS

 

Rental Safety Award

• WINNER - A-Plant

• Groundforce

• Mtools-Makinex (hand truck)

 

ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year

• WINNER - Gérard Déprez, Loxam

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

• WINNER - Ray Caulfield, Trime Spa

 

Special Recognition Award

• AWARDED TO - JCB

 

 

Judging Panel

 

Mark Anderson (Commercial Director, GAP Group, UK)

Pierre Boels (ERA President and CEO of Boels Rental, Netherlands)

Gerhard Gasser (Global Rental Business manager, Hilti)

Murray Pollok (Managing Editor, IRN)

Juan José Torres (President, ASEAMAC & Managing Director, TST Torres Servicios Tecnicos SL)

 

Non-voting chair of judges: Michel Petitjean, Secretary General, ERA

 

 

2016

Stockholm, Sweden

 

Large Rental Company of the Year

(Revenues over €15 million)

 

WINNER: Riwal

SHORTLIST:

A-Plant (UK)

Loxam (France)

Riwal (Netherlands)

 

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:

 

“2015 was an important year for Riwal. It rolled out its new lean operation system, the Riwal Way, across its entire organisation, revenues rose by 13% on a fleet that was just 4% larger, and EBITDA profits rose by 22%.The company was active across multiple fronts: creating an online account management portal for its customers; developing electric versions of booms for special applications; and opening new locations in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, India and Kazakhstan. In a very tightly contested category, and with other shortlisted companies also performing extremely well, Riwal is a very worthy winner of this year’s Large Rental Company of the Year award.”

 

 

Small/Mid-Sized Rental Company of the Year

(Revenues under €15 million)

 

WINNER: Crestchic Ltd

SHORTLIST:

Crestchic Ltd (UK)

Drial Poland (Poland)

Echo Barrier (UK)

 

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:

 

“An established manufacturer of loadbanks for 30 years, Crestchic entered the rental market in 2013 and has been remarkably successful in creating a rental business in Europe and Asia.It grew its rental revenues by 10% in 2015, added new specialist products – capacitive loadbanks – and diversified its business into data centres and facilities management in response to the slowdown in oil and gas. The company has been both innovative and quick on its feet: a winning combination.”

 

 

Rental product of the year

(launched during 2015)

 

WINNER: EL & Site Oy for the MBerg LED light

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wacker Neuson for the WL20e wheeled loader

 

SHORTLIST:

EL & Site - MBerg LED-light

Genie - Z-33/18

HH-Intellitech - GlasLift 550 Terrain

Holland Lift - HL-330 E14

Kaeser - M82

Wacker Neuson - WL20e

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID ABOUT THE HIGHLY COMMENDED:

 

“By listening carefully to what the market was requesting, Wacker Neuson has developed an electrically driven wheeled loader that will enhance rental for indoor applications. The WL20e can be put to use in greenhouses, tunnels, parking garages and other similar environments, offering no emissions and less noise. Ease of maintenance as well as lower maintenance costs are also important features for rental companies. Wacker Neuson deserves recognition in the rental industry for its efforts.”

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID ABOUT THE WINNER:

 

“The Mberg is a site light that requires almost zero maintenance, can be used in tough conditions, and is suitable for use in a wide range of environments. Its low voltage and excellent heat distribution means they are safe to use, and their high energy efficiency reduces the CO2 footprint, making them a ‘green’ choice. For rental companies they offer the additional benefit of being available in all colours, allowing them to be personalised according to the needs of the customer. The Mberg may be small, but it is a product that is perfect for rental, and which has been developed with the needs of rental companies in mind. We congratulate the company for a top class piece of product design.”

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Business Innovation in Rental

 

WINNER: Kiloutou

 

SHORTLIST:

HSS Hire (UK)

Hewden (UK)

Kiloutou (France)

Loxam (France)

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:

 

“Kiloutou has been pursuing a sustainable rental agenda for 15 years and in that respect is one of the pioneers of sustainability in the equipment rental industry in Europe. In 2015, initiatives included providing customers with a carbon footprint calculations included on invoices; a hazardous waste recycling procedure co-developed with partner Veolia; and new processes with partner Ecologic to ensure that machines at the end of their life are properly recycled. Its new logistics system allowed it to reduce its in-house transport fleet by 25% yet increase the number of deliveries. Kiloutou takes sustainability seriously, and adopts strategies across every aspect of its business.”

 

 

 

ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year

 

WINNER: Sat Dhaiwal, CEO, A-Plant

 

WHAT THE JUDES SAID:

 

“Sat Dhaiwal joined A-Plant aged 22 in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 2002 and has proven to be a distinguished rental leader. Last year was a notably successful one for his company. Financially, A-Plant saw its revenues grow by almost 17% in 2015, while it made six acquisitions and managed to secure £120 million from its parent company Ashtead to invest in renewing and expanding its fleet.

 

Sat’s own background in the industry – he started as a fitter aged 16 – is reflected in his commitment to staff development, and in particular to the company’s apprenticeship scheme. During 2015 A-Plant made its largest ever investment in apprentices, taking on 103 new trainees, of which a quarter were female. We are delighted to honour Sat as our Rental Person of the Year.”

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

WINNER: Chris Wehrman, CEO, American Rental Association

 

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:

 

“Christine Wehrman, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA), is retiring later this year after sixteen years with the organisation. She leaves the ARA in extremely good health. It has record membership levels; is acknowledged as an authoritative source of rental statistics; and has maintained and expanded the status of the annual Rental Show as a global meeting place for the industry. Under her leadership, the ARA has strengthened its government affairs operation, helping influence government decisions that impact on rental and advising members on the new legislation. Christine Wehrman deserves the respect and gratitude of the wider rental industry for her efforts to globalize and professionalise the rental industry. We wish her a long and happy retirement, when it comes.”

 

 

The judges were: Murray Pollok (IRN), Martin Schickel (Liebherr Mietpartner), Michel Petitjean (ERA, non-voting chair), and Pierre Boels (Boels Verhuur).

 

For images and more details from the awards ceremony, see the June 2016 issue of IRN

 

 

 

2015

Rome, Italy

 

Large Rental Company of the Year (revenues >€15 million)

 

WINNER: A-Plant (UK)

 

GAP Hire (UK)

HSS Hire (UK)

 

 

 

Small/Mid-sized rental Company of the year (revenues under €15m)

 

WINNER: Atut Rental (Poland)

 

Germans Homs (Spain)

Industrial Access (Romania)

O.MEC (Italy)

 

 

 

Sustainable Rental Product of the Year

 

WINNER: Wacker Neuson (electric powered rammer)

 

Firefly (hybrid generator) – HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

Holland Lift (hybrid scissor lift)

MHM Plant/Powerbank (hybrid generator)

Morris Site Machinery (solar lighting tower)

 

 

Rental Person of the Year

 

Wolfgang Hahnenberg and Peter Schrader, Zeppelin Rental

 

 

 

ERA/IRN Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Pierre-Yves Lecat

 

 

THE AWARD JUDGES WERE:

 

Xavier du Boÿs (CEO, Kiloutou, France)

Marzia Giusto (CEO, Nacanco & President, Assonolo, Italy)

Nicolas Guigon (Rental & Used Equipment Manager – EAME, Caterpillar)

Vesa Koivula (ERA President & CEO, Cramo, Finland)

Murray Pollok (Managing Editor, International Rental News (IRN))

 

 

 

2014

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

RENTAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

 

WINNER:

Hewden (UK)

 

SHORTLIST:

4-punto-1 (Italy)

Hewden (UK)

Nationwide Platforms (UK)

 

 

 

RENTAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

 

WINNER:

Ramirent (Finland)

 

SHORTLIST:

AFI (UK)

Lavendon Group (Europe)

Ramirent (Finland)

 

 

RENTAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

 

WINNER:

Power Towers (Pecolift access platform)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

SDMO (Rental Compact generators)

 

SHORTLIST:

Firefly (Cygnus hybrid generator)

Niftylift (HR28 hybrid access platform)

Power Towers (Pecolift access platform)

SDMO (Rental Compact generators)

Tower Light (VTLED lighting tower)

 

 

RENTAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR (turnover under €15 million)

 

WINNER:

Hotmobil (Germany)

 

SHORTLIST:

Crestchic (UK)

Dromad Hire (Republic of Ireland)

GGR Group (UK)

Hotmobil (Germany)

Industrial Access (Romania)

 

 

RENTAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR (turnover above €15 million)

 

WINNER:

Loxam (France)

 

SHORTLIST:

AFI (UK)

GAP Group (UK)

Loxam (France)

 

 

THE ERA/IRN RENTAL PERSON OF THE YEAR

 

WINNER:

GILL RILEY, founder and managing director of GGR Group

 

 

2013

Paris, France

 

Large Rental Company of the Year (turnover >€15m)

 

• WINNER: BOELS RENTAL (Netherlands)

 

• Riwal (Netherlands)

• VP plc (UK)

 

 

Small Rental Company of the Year (turnover <€15m)

 

• WINNER: DROMAD HIRE (Republic of Ireland)

 

• GGR (UK)

• Industrial Access (Romania)

• Italnolo (Italy)

• Storent (Latvia)

 

 

Rental Product of the Year 2012

 

• WINNER: OFF GRID ENERGY - Grid to Go Generator (UK)

 

• El Bjorn - TF 50 Fan Dryer (Sweden)

• Haulotte - HT23 RTJ boom (France)

• Himoinsa - Power Cube Generator (Spain)

• Husqvarna - K760 Oil Guard (Sweden)

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

• DAN KAPLAN, Daniel Kaplan Associates

 

 

Rental Person of the Year in 2012

 

• NEIL STOTHARD, Group Managing Director, VP plc

 

 

 

The judges were:

Gérard Déprez (president, European Rental Association), Jürgen Küspert (managing director of BBI), Jean-Marie Osdoit (president/CEO, Volvo Construction Equipment France), Kevin Parkes (CEO, Hewden) and Murray Pollok (Editor, International Rental News).

 

The non-voting chairman of the judges was Michel Petitjean, ERA Secretary General.

 

 

 

2012

Oslo, Norway

 

Large Rental Company of the Year (>€15 million revenues)

 

WINNER: Kiloutou (France)

 

AFI-Uplift (UK)

GAP Group (UK)

Nixon Hire (UK)

 

 

Small Rental Company of the Year (<€15 million revenues)

 

WINNER: Naboen Utleie (Norway)

 

Johnny Servis (Czech Republic)

NRC (Russia)

Rentforce (Russia)

 

 

Rental Product of the Year in 2011

 

WINNER: Hilti (TE 3000-AVR breaker)

 

Caterpillar (300.9D mini-excavator)

Hinowa (IIIS system for aerial platforms)

JLG Industries (1500SJ aerial platform)

TowerLight (VB9 LED Battery Ibird lighting tower)

 

 

Rental Person of the Year

 

WINNER: Vesa Koivula, CEO, Cramo

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

WINNER: Erkki Norvio, former CEO Ramirent and current board member

 

 

2011

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Large Rental Company of the year (turnover > €15 million)

 

WINNER: HSS Hire (UK)

 

GAM (Spain)

GAP Group (UK)

 

Small Rental Company of the year (turnover <€15 million)

 

WINNER: Industrial Access (Romania)

 

Dromad Hire (Ireland)

Rentforce (Netherlands/Russia)

 

 

Rental IT Award

 

WINNER: A-Plant

 

HSS Hire

Kiloutou

Speedy Hire

 

 

Rental Marketing Award

 

WINNER: Ramirent

 

HSS Hire

 

Rental Safety Award

 

WINNER: GAP Group

 

Hewden

HSS Hire

 

 

Rental Product of the Year

 

WINNER: Teletower Access Solutions (Teletower)

 

HH-Intellitech (GlasLift 500-4)

JCB (3CX/4CX ECO backhoe loader)

MEC Aerial Platforms (Titan Boom 40-S)

Z-Safety Services (Z-Matic)

 

 

Manufacturer of the Year

 

WINNER: Volvo CE

El-Bjorn

 

 

Rental Person of the Year

 

Pierre Boels jr (Boels Verhuur)

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Gunnar Glifberg (formerly Cramo)

 

 

2010

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or more)

 

WINNER: Ramirent

 

GAP Group

HSS

 

 

Rental Company of the Year (under 10 depots)

 

WINNER: Bredenoord

HIGHLY COMMENDED: JVS Crane Rental

 

Atut Rental

StroyRent

 

 

Rental Product of the Year

 

WINNER: TowerLight/DF Ecology

 

HH-Intellitech

JLG Industries

Mecaplus

 

 

Rental Person of the Year

 

WINNER: Chris Davies, Chief Executive, HSS

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

WINNER: Franco de Michelis, Assodimi

 

 

2009

Manchester, UK

 

Rental Company of the Year (more than 10 depots)

 

WINNER: Aggreko (WINNER)

 

A-Plant

Malthus

 

 

Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or less)

 

WINNER: Cofiloc (WINNER)

 

Dest Bul (Destination Bulgaria)

Hoyde Service

 

 

Rental Product of the Year

 

WINNER: Haulotte Group (H28TJ+) (WINNER)

 

Dustcontrol (AirCube aircleaner)

Hitachi (ZX14-3)

Niftylift (Height Rider 21 Bi-Energy)

 

 

ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year

 

WINNER: Mendes Migotto (Gruppo Venpa3) (WINNER)

 

Erkki Norvio (Ramirent)

Pierre Boels (Boels Verhuur)

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

WINNER: George Burnett (founder and former CEO of Ashtead Group)