ERA Convention 2009
26 / 27 May 2009
The ERA Convention 2009 took place in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, from 26-27 May.
Over 220 representatives of major European rental companies, leaders of Europe's 13 rental associations and other branches of the construction industry, as well as suppliers to the rental industry attended the event.
The focus of the Convention was Investing in People, and the participants heard the leaders of all six working committees and on six key themes for the rental industry including theft, health and safety, and sustainability.
Recognising and Promoting Excellence
The Awards recognise and promote excellence and professionalism among rental companies and suppliers to the rental industry in Europe.
The awards were presented at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, in front of an audience of 250 European rental executives and ERA members. The event took place during the ERA's annual convention.
The 2009 award categories have been chosen to reflect the entire rental industry with companies and people's contributions rewarded.
Rental Company of the Year (more than 10 depots)
Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or fewer)
Dest Bul (Destination Bulgaria)
Lipac Liftar (WINNER)
Rental Product of the Year
Dustcontrol (AirCube aircleaner)
Haulotte Group (H28TJ+) (WINNER)
Niftylift (Height Rider 21 Bi-Energy)
ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year
Erkki Norvio (Ramirent)
Mendes Migotto (Gruppo Venpa3) (WINNER)
Pierre Boels (Boels Verhuur)
Lifetime Achievement Awards
George Burnett, founder of Ashtead Group (WINNER)
The judges for the awards this year were: Arne Bugge (Secretary General, Norwegian Rental Association), Gerard Deprez (President, ERA), Michel Petitjean (Secretary General, ERA), Peter Schrader (Managing Director, MVS Zeppelin) and Chris Sleight (Editor, Construction Europe).
The European Rental Awards are again being organised and supported jointly by the
International Rental News (IRN) and the European Rental Association (ERA).
- Adress by the President - Gérard Déprez, ERA President
- Trends in the debt market - Jonathan Trowers, CBCF
- Trends in the European Construction Industry - Mariusz Sochacki, Euroconstruct
- Lobbying in the EU - Hans Craen, ERA