2014 - European Rental Awards shortlist announced


European Rental Awards shortlists announced
18 Mar 2014

The judging panel has chosen the shortlisted companies for the 2014 European Rental Awards. The winners will be announced at the rental awards dinner at the RAI convention centre on Wednesday 25 June in Amsterdam.

The shortlists for each category, in alphabetical order, are:

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

  •     AFI (UK)
  •     GAP Group (UK)
  •     Loxam (France)

Small/Mid-sized rental Company of the year (revenue

  •     Crestchic (UK)
  •     Dromad Hire (Republic of Ireland)
  •     GGR Group (UK)
  •     Hotmobil (Germany)
  •     Industrial Access (Romania)

Rental Product of the Year

  •     Firefly (Cygnus hybrid generator)
  •     Niftylift (HR28 hybrid access platform)
  •     Power Towers (Pecolift access platform)
  •     SDMO (Rental Compact generators)
  •     Towerlight (VTLED lighting tower)

Rental Safety Campaign of the year

  •     AFI (UK)
  •     Lavendon Group (Europe)
  •     Ramirent (Finland)

Rental Marketing Campaign of the Year

  •     4-punto-1 (Italy)
  •     Hewden (UK)
  •     Nationwide Platforms (UK)

Rental Person of the Year

  • To be announced at the awards dinner.

ERA/IRN Lifetime Achievement Award

  • To be announced at the awards dinner.

The judges met at the offices of the European Rental Association (ERA) in Brussels of Tuesday 18 March. The judges were:

  •     Claudio Fiorentini (Managing Director - Special Projects, JCB Sales)
  •     Pedro Luis Fernandez (CEO, GAM Alquiler, Spain)
  •     Sat Dhaiwal (CEO, A-Plant, UK)
  •     Vesa Koivula (ERA president & CEO, Cramo, Finland)
  •     Murray Pollok (Editor, IRN)

Michel Petitjean, secretary general of ERA, was the non-voting chair of the meeting. The judges' companies were not able to enter the awards.

The judges said the more than 50 entries for the awards "demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm that is in the rental industry, with companies proud of their achievements and willing to share their experiences.

"Even in a generally difficult year for rental in Europe, as 2013 was, many companies were able to grow and innovate. It was encouraging, for example, to see small companies making their own space in the market, often with niche products or in new sectors - a sign that there are great opportunities still to be found in rental."

For more information on the awards see www.khl.com/rentalawards. To book your place at the awards dinner visit www.erarental.org.

Ritchie Bros is the Gold Sponsor for the awards, and IronPlanet is the sponsor of the awards drinks reception. Silver sponsors are Caterpillar, Grindex and Hilti.