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Europlatform comes to Belfast

12. October 2018 | Comments (0)

IPAF’s Europlatform event was held yesterday at the Europa Hotel in Belfast Northern Ireland.

The event kicked off with a networking event the evening before, which has a fancy dress theme of the Game of Thrones, although few bothered to join in.

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The networking event was packed and very warm


Melinda Smith and Brad Boehler
Melinda Smith and Brad Boehler getting into the spirit of the networking party theme

The event itself was said to be the best attended so far with delegates from a fairly wide geographic area, although the largest single nationality appeared to come from the Netherlands.

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Europlatform 2018 was well attended

Don Kenny of Loxam Access kicked of the presentations with a talk on what makes a successful access company, stating a number of key attributes including – four rules which included: All Decisions must be taken on what is best for the company, The employees must have fun, No Politics and employees must be team players.

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Don Kenny of Loxam Access


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Andrew Delahunt

Andrew Delahunt of IPAF updated on accident statistics and strategies, Skyjack’s Brad Boehler talked on harnessing digital technologies, while Kjell Inge Olsen of rapidly growing Norwegian rental company Noboen stood in for managing director Aasland and spoke of how the company has managed to grow more than 15 fold in less than 10 years.

Europlatform 2018
Brad Boehler of Skyjack


Europlatform 2018
Kjell Inge Olsen of Naboen

Julie Houston Smyth of Belfast based rental company Highway Plant gave an excellent and very moving talk on being a lone woman in a male dominated industry when she started out, and on doing business during Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.

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Julie Houston Smyth

The conference ended up with a panel discussion on the electrification of the aerial lift fleet, chaired Peter Douglas of Nationwide Platforms. Nick Selley

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The panel discussion with Peter Douglas then (L-R) Jos van Grootveld of Smart Platform Systems, Arnold Grootveld of Hoogwerkt, John Ball of the UK’s Access Link, Stéphane Hubert of Haulotte and Norty Turner of Riwal


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IPAF president Nick Selley closes the event


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Jean Harrison of IPAF dressed for the part


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Holland Lift engineers - Jacco Sussenbach (L) with the newly appointed engineering manager Ronald Halma
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